"The Biscuit Shop is all about the biscuit."
The Biscuit Shop, located in Starkville Mississippi, offers authentic southern comfort food made from the hands and memory of Michelle Tehan, who channels her grandmother's made-from-scratch technique. She balances 7 year old triplets AND a 5 year old, along with finding time to maintain household chores, baking at 3am, and - oh - actually running The Biscuit Shop.
"I'm a sole baker," says Michelle. "I do have great employees helping in our shop and kitchen. They keep me prepped and read to bake. But the baking, that's 100% me and my two hands. I have a small, gourmet biscuit shop and I love keeping things simple." She currently chooses not to teach others her grandmother's technique that took many years for Michelle herself to perfect. She admits there may come a day she decides to share the special recipe with others, but for now, the magic touch is all hers.
The Biscuit Shop's menu focuses on daily biscuit specials along with a few staple options available every day. In fact, one of those every day options is "Sprinkles," a sweet cake-like biscuit Michelle decided to feature at the International Biscuit Festival 2015!
The Biscuit Shop starts the day bright and early every Tuesday-Saturday (doors open at 6:30am and biscuits are sold 'til 2pm). For Starkville biscuit regulars, the motto "early bird gets the worm" is certainly not lost. "I'm baking each day as much as I can until approximately 11:30am-noon. We tend to slow down after noon each day, so this timing is currently our happy medium." Michelle stresses, "So, the number one tip for visiting The Biscuit Shop is COME EARLY for best options! Sometimes that means even before 8am."
Because Michelle's shop is so small, it is necessary for The Biscuit Shop customers to realize how it operates. "When you visit our shop, it's important to know we're come and go. It's strictly takeout," she explains. "We're not fancy! We're small, quaint, and I sure do love it!"
When we asked Michelle was makes her Mississippi biscuits any more special that any other states, her answer was as simple as her biscuits. "I put everything IN my biscuits. No biscuit sandwiches...it's all in the biscuits."
Michelle, her family, and her staff contribute so much of their time to being a part of The Biscuit Shop. It's hard to argue with biscuits that come packed full of so much heart. We don't have a feature recipe from these hard working bakers, only because the technique is so personal to Michelle and what she has accomplished. But don't fret just yet!
To get your own "Sprinkles" special, Michelle suggests mixing up your traditional biscuit batter and tossing the sprinkles into it before baking. Then, top with a light but sweet glaze to round out the flavors. The technique may be all hers, but you can add your own twist at home!
The Biscuit Shop
104 South Washington Street
STE 3, Starkville, MS 39759
662 . 324 . 3118