Carthay Signature Fried Biscuits @ Carthay Circle Restaurant

Price: $12.00

When: July 2, 2016, 5:15 PM

Reservations: Recommended

Verdict? Not recommended

We’re having dinner at the Carthay Circle Restaurant, so we pick a fun starter: the Signature Fried Biscuits.

This is a classic Carthay dish. Like the Fire Cracker Duck Wings, the biscuits were on the menu when the restaurant opened four years ago. We’ve had them several times, and always been pleased.

The dish is a half-dozen deep-fried spherical biscuits, served warm with a side of apple butter. The idea is that you crack open the biscuit, reveal the serious ooey-gooey yummy melted cheese core, and proceed to enjoy the hell out of yourself.

I’m sorry to say that the biscuits haven’t aged well.

This is underwhelming. Unmemorable. There’s no pop. No boost. Nothing special. It’s “fine” in one regard, but the flavor profile feels perfunctory. Like this is a basket of biscuits they’d drop on the table as a freebie before your meal.

Like the Lobster Nachos, the Signature Fried Biscuits have been replaced with something considerably less “wow!” than they used to be. I don’t know if this is value engineering at work, or simply a bad day in the kitchen. At some level, it doesn’t really matter; for $12, this is way too pedestrian, and not nearly special enough.

Not recommended.