Scratch Biscuits is bringing Southern comfort to the Philadelphia food scene with their homemade biscuits and biscuit sandwiches. Owner and Chef Mitch Prensky (formerly of Supper on South Street) had been selling these delicious sandwiches under a tent at farmer’s markets, street festivals, and various pop-ups across the city. After seeing a raging success with the biscuits, Mitch and his wife Jen decided to open a brick and mortar storefront at 13th and Chestnut Street.
Scratch Biscuits first opened their doors on July 7, 2016. This is not the Prensky’s first dive into the culinary scene in Philadelphia. Mitch and Jen are the owners and operators of “The Global Dish” – an event planning catering company. Mitch is skilled and experienced as a graduate from the French Culinary Institute and a history of working in the New York dining scene.
While spending time in Philadelphia, the Prensky’s noticed there was a desperate need for biscuits. Nowhere in the Philadelphia area could you find a restaurant serving up Southern comfort food in a fast-casual manner. So the Prensky’s decided to remedy the problem. The restaurant feels cheerful and welcoming inside with country music playing and a wonderfully colorful mural by Chromadolls on the walls.
The most popular dish is their “Fried Chicken Picnic Biscuit”, made with gluten-free buttermilk fried chicken, cabbage slaw, corn relish, and cayenne ranch. This entire sandwich can be made on a gluten-free biscuit (as can any of their sandwiches) and the chicken is battered in a cornmeal seasoning. The chicken is super juicy, the skin is crunchy, and the cayenne ranch adds that extra kick.
Not a meat eater? Don’t worry, there are biscuits for everyone! Vegetarians can enjoy the “Willie Nelson” with a black bean chili cake, garlicky kale, avocado, and creole remoulade. The “Kentucky Wildcat” features a smoked catfish cake, kale slaw, cheddar, and cayenne ranch.
To satisfy lovers of BBQ there is the “Brisket Biscuit”- BBQ brisket, horseradish mayo, pickled red onion, and smoked cheddar or the “Pigscuit” (pictured below)- Carolina pulled pork shoulder, coleslaw, smoked cheddar, fried pork rinds, and Rival Bros. Coffee BBQ Sauce.
Scratch Biscuits is also serving up breakfast all day! Their most popular breakfast biscuit is the “Johnny Paycheck”- made with 1732 Meats Bacon, baked eggs, and white American cheese. Since the eggs are baked in a large pan, they are cut into a big fluffy square- unlike circles you typically see on other breakfast sandwiches.
Each biscuit comes with a side of pickles and house-made potato chips. Other sides such as grits, yam fries, garlicky kale, and hush puppies can be ordered on the side.
Other breakfast biscuits include:
If the menu isn’t satisfying your cravings, you can always BYOB (build your own biscuit). There are tons of options for meats, cheeses, and toppings. The possibilities are endless, so go and get creative! All the meats are from American farms, such as Creekstone Farm, Broadbent Country Ham, and Godshalls premium meats and turkey products. The sausage and scrapple are made in house.
There are even biscuit inspired desserts that vary throughout the month, so be sure to check them out!
It seems that Scratch Biscuits is getting a lot of bad press for the fact that their biscuits fall apart and are “difficult to eat as a sandwich.” We suppose because they’re served like a sandwich (with one on bottom and one on top), people assume they’re meant to be picked up and bitten into like a sandwich. Which you could definitely do- if you don’t mind getting a little messy. But- they come served with a fork and a knife for a REASON. Not to mention, the biscuits are piled high, and we’d be super impressed if someone can actually bite into it like a sandwich. These biscuits are not made with any additives, so they’re not rubbery and hard like the biscuits you may find elsewhere. They are crumbly, they are delicious, and as long as you don’t mind getting a little messy, they are super enjoyable.
Scratch Biscuits is BYO on Sunday’s from 10:30 to 4pm, so be sure to stop by and get some of these delicious biscuits with a mimosa (or wine… tequila… whiskey… champagne… we don’t judge here at PMT).
Tip: Weekends are the busiest time, especially around lunch. They’re also super busy during the lunch hours during the week. If you’re looking for a relaxing meal, it’s best to come weekday nights to avoid the crowds. Scratch Biscuits has also paired up with GrubHub and Caviar, so you can get these delicious biscuits delivered right to your door.
-Arielle and Lea
We’d like to thank MollyRose Mendell for sitting down with us at Scratch Biscuits, and Sandra for making us these delicious biscuits! We’d also like to thank Mitch and Jen Prensky for allowing us to come in.
Cover photo via Scratch Biscuits