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May 22, 2020

Wise County Biscuits Highlights Appalachian Cuisine

Friends, family and good food come first at Wise County Biscuits

Wise County Biscuits is putting an Appalachian spin on a classic American breakfast food. Its flaky, buttermilk biscuit sandwich is an everyday comfort, whether you’re joining us for pop-ups at Adda, walking around a farmers market, or toasting up a biscuit at home. 

Co-owners James Wolfe and Lena Laskaris spent nine years working in the restaurant industry in Washington D.C. before they decided to return to Pittsburgh to start Wise County Biscuits in 2017. Lena, a Pittsburgh native, and James, who grew up largely in the South and Appalachia, wanted to bring their Appalachian culinary traditions together and focus on using local ingredients.

Buttermilk Biscuits with Jam and Honey

Along with the allure of being their own bosses and sharing their food with their hometown, James and Lena were driven to start Wise County so that they could spend more time together.  Years spent juggling restaurant job schedules, with long and mismatching hours, hadn’t left the couple much free time. Now, James and Lena are able to connect with family and their community through recipes that recall their family roots in Appalachia.

The Wise County Biscuit breakfast menu has local favorites like the Greens, Eggs & Ham, Sallie’s Snack (pimento cheese, fried egg and chow chow), and the classic, Biscuit & Sausage Gravy. Each of these sandwiches are built on top of its homemade buttermilk biscuits with fresh produce (sometimes straight from the farmers markets where Wise County is set up for the day). The menu changes according to the seasonal availability of ingredients, like early summer strawberries for fresh strawberry jam.

Buttermilk Biscuit Sandwich with Pimento Cheese and Braised Greens

When they are not being served at Adda, you can go buy a biscuit and say hello to James and Lena on Saturdays at the Bloomfield Saturday Market, or Sundays at the Market Square farmers market. 

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