If you’ve lived in Austin for any amount of time, you’ve probably heard something about Olamaie’s biscuits. They’ve been an off-menu, not-so-secret but secret staple of the upscale Southern restaurant’s success. They’ve spawned a hashtag that has been used by everyone from Emeril Lagasse to Jimmy Kimmel as a means of professing biscuit love.
And now, Olamaie has started a biscuit-based takeout business - called Little Ola’s - as an answer to current uncertainty about in-restaurant dining. This means you can now enjoy their biscuits with house-made honey butter from your living room (or, in our case, from the car just outside of the parking lot). In addition to the standard biscuits, there’s a full menu of biscuit-based sandwiches, with things like country ham and cheese, or a deep-fried chicken thigh. There are a few sides available if you want to round out your meal with some corn salad or potato chips, as well as desserts, cocktails, beer, and wine.
Perhaps the most breakfast-y of the biscuit sandwiches we tried, the sausage, egg, and cheese biscuit is what you want to wake up to in the morning. It’s a sandwich that starts its day knowing exactly what it wants to be, and pulling it off every step of the way.
Ham and cheese is one of the most classic sandwich combinations there is, so it’s unsurprising that the same combo works so well in biscuit-form. Thinly-shaved slices of cured and smoked country ham are covered in melted cheddar before finding their home in a biscuit that manages to balance a crunchy, salty exterior with a soft and buttery inside. This was probably our favorite of the bunch.
Whataburger fans, rejoice - a ramped-up version of everyone’s favorite Honey Butter Chicken Biscuit now exists. Don’t get us wrong, we love the classic for late-night eats and Sunday morning hangovers, but Little Ola’s take on it is on a different playing field. Here, a deep-fried Dewberry Farms chicken thigh gets dressed with local honey and served on a buttery biscuit. It’s simple, it’s rich, and you should probably get one.