Phaedra Cook is eating her way through Houston and counting down her 100 favorite dishes of 2015. It's a collection of personal favorites that is also indicative of Houston dining. It's a scene where a vast range of dishes coexist: highbrow and lowbrow; local and international; cheap and expensive; modern cuisine and beloved tenets — and everything in between.
The sausage, egg and cheese biscuit at Blacksmith is like a stack of sunshine. That, alongside the coffee of the day, is all a savory breakfast lover needs.
It’s a breakfast classic done right. The egg is sunny-side up and breaking the yolk sends golden rivulets cascading down, only to be absorbed by the biscuit. Of course, should the spicy sausage patty lend some of its juices to the bottom biscuit half, well. so much the better!
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Blacksmith’s biscuit was developed by chef Erin Smith before it opened. (Smith is now executive chef at Main Kitchen at the J.W. Marriott downtown.) Even though it’s been a long time since she was a consultant, the biscuit is unchanged. It’s still squareish, slightly crispy on the outside without being tough and perfectly tender inside.
Some people like theirs with marmalade and creme fraiche, and that's great, too. The sausage and egg version is perfect for people looking for a hefty dose of protein to start the day. As far as those carbs from the biscuit go, you have the whole day ahead to work them off. So, get going, will ya?
The List of Top 100 Dishes of 2015 So Far:
No. 88, "Saucy Balls" At Brooklyn Meatball Company
No. 89, Perry's Steakhouse/Perry & Sons Pork Chop
No. 90, General Tso's Chicken from The Rice Box
No. 91, Eggs, Refried Beans, Hash Browns and Hugo's Sauce at 59 Diner
No. 92, Shipley Do-Nuts Plain Glazed
No. 93, Housemade Bologney at Public Services Wine & Whisky
No. 94, Bo Luc Lac at Cheno's (formerly Chino's) Fast Food
No. 95, Combo #5 at Soto's Cantina
No. 96, Carnitas Salad At Chipotle
No. 97, Pickled Shrimp At Punk's Simple Southern Food
No. 98, Lobster Roll At Maine-Ly Sandwiches
No. 99, Chili-Cheese Coneys At JCI Grill
No. 100, Corned Beef Hash And Eggs At House Of Pies