By Austin Taylor
VANCOUVER – Chewie’s Biscuit Co. opened its doors this fall and has quickly gained notoriety amongst the brunchers, Yelpers, and folks craving a little homestyle nourishment with a southern flare. It was whisked together by restaurateur Richard Chew after a visit down south ignited his obsession with the delicious buttermilk baked biscuit.
“I wanted this to [be] a family project that we could all work on and bring something a little bit new to Vancouver,” says Chew a.k.a. Chewie, whose name you may recognize from his previous savoury venture, Chewie’s Steam & Oyster Bar.
If you’ve already seen photos of these appetizing eats flooding your feeds, you will be pleased to know they taste just as good as they look. Each biscuit is handmade with great attention to detail – precise timing, the highest quality ingredients, humidity controlled rooms, lots of buttermilk, a little trial and error, and a dash of cream and tartar, and you’ve got a biscuit you’ve been dreaming of. But it’s not only the scrumptious biscuit that makes Chewie’s so special: it’s the combination of many unique flavours.
“The biscuits on their own are soft, flaky, and delicious,” Chew describes, “but when you add homemade fennel sausage, pepper gravy, and double smoked bacon, it just adds to the deliciousness.”
Their menu is stacked with delectable variations on the traditional biscuit: take the illustrious “Moose” for instance. A buttermilk biscuit, fried chicken, double smoked bacon, cheddar cheese, fennel sausage gravy, and green onions all topped off with a perfectly fried sunny side up egg. It is basically breakfast, lunch, and dinner in one bite.
“The Davis” is one of their more brunchy options: a French toasted biscuit, homemade sausage patty and an egg slathered in maple syrup. If you’ve got a severe case of the munchies, try “The Stoner,” which includes fried chicken breast, stone ground mustard, honey, bread and butter pickles. And don’t fret if you’re not in the mood for a savoury combo. Chewie’s also offers a selection of sweets featuring ingredients like fresh berry compote, gooseberries, and whipped cream. Or, if you’re on the go, try Chewie’s legendary “Bonuts” – biscuit donuts. Their take on the timeless snack is available in old fashioned, chocolate, or the adventurous daily “Mystery Bonut.”
Chewie’s also delivers on their drink selection. The coffee bar is fully stocked with beans by local java experts Agro Roasters. They are known to pump out an espresso that will make even the biggest coffee snob unfurrow their brow. Icy brews on tap by Whistler Brewing Company with a crisp lager and the Parkside Brewery’s hoppy pale ale, as well as two local wines from Okanagan vineyards, the View Winery and Chaberton. Or if you’re in need of a hair of the dog brunch staple, they got you with mimosas, caesars, and boozy coffee to take the edge off.
The interior decor is described by Chewie as “comfortable with a touch of style.” With casual bench seating and tables in cozy proximity, he adds, “We wanted a warm feel and a space that you can connect with your friends, family, and even someone sitting close to you.”
Family run and community minded, Chewie’s is a welcome addition to the eclectic Kitsilano restaurant scene. So next time you’re craving buttermilk, gravy, fried chicken and a frosty brew, check out Chewie’s Biscuit Co.
Chewie’s Biscuit Co. is located at at 2822 West 4th Avenue.chewies biscuit co., food, Kitsilano