Emily Parker and her husband, Garland, are biscuit connoisseurs.
“We have traveled all over North Carolina and eaten a lot of biscuits,” she says, “and Byrd’s blows everyone else out of the water!” The restaurant itself is not exactly modest about its signature item: “Home of the Million Dollar Biscuit,” the sign reads.
The Parkers favor two in particular: the tenderloin biscuit, with a slice of cheese and a fried egg, and the link-sausage biscuit, also overstuffed with cheese and a fried egg.
The white cinder-block building may be nondescript, but the food and service make up for it. “Everything is made that morning and is fresh as can be,” Parker says. “Served by people that have been there for years and welcome you like you are family.”
How’s this for service? “One time we went in, and it was close to closing time, and they were nearly out of eggs,” Parker says. “After we said we had driven out of our way to get there, they immediately went to the back and fried the last two eggs they had for us.”
196 N.C. Highway 58 South, Kinston
The tenderloin biscuit with cheese and fried egg.