‘Is there a grandma in the kitchen?’ Breakfast cafe known for biscuits to open in Cary

Looking for a new breakfast spot in Cary that serves all your favorites?

The Flying Biscuit Cafe, known for its grits, is turning on its burners in Parkside Town Commons off N.C. 55 starting Monday, bringing a new breakfast restaurant to western Cary.

The cafe moved into 1103 Parkside Main St., where Another Broken Egg closed at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. It joins the Paragon Theaters, Chuy’s, Five Guys, Petco and other businesses in the shopping center.

Owners Zinnia Tahir and her husband also own The Flying Biscuit Cafe in Chapel Hill, which opened last year in University Place.

When it comes to breakfast, Cary has IHOP, Peck & Plume, Famous Toastery, Coffee and Crepes, First Watch, and Dame’s Chicken and Waffles. But western Cary still lacks variety, Tahir said.

“There’s nothing close by for breakfast,” Tahir said. “We saw the response of the (Chapel Hill) community, and it was awesome. We said, ‘Let’s bring this to our neighborhood where we need it the most.’”

Inside the new 3,700-square-foot restaurant, the walls are covered with art inspired by the town of Cary, painted by an artist from Atlanta. Up to 150 people can sit indoors, while the patio out front has six tables seating up to 24 people. There is a separate room for guests to celebrate birthdays or other events.

The menu features omelets, egg dishes, vegetarian and vegan options, and chicken and waffles.

Customers can also order hot chocolate, lattes, cappuccinos, soft drinks and assorted hot or iced teas.

Breakfast and lunch are served from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday to Sunday.

Cary instantly felt like home

The Tahirs, who moved to Cary five years ago from Maryland, have four children, one a student at UNC, another at Panther Creek High School in Cary, and 5-year-old twins.

They opened the Chapel Hill restaurant when many other businesses were shutting down. Many others are still recovering from the pandemic.

“When we moved to Cary, I instantly felt home. ... I never felt like I needed to move again. The plan behind this breakfast place has been to serve the community,” Tahir said. “We’re so grateful to the community in Chapel Hill; they gave us the courage to grow the business.”

The Flying Biscuit is known for its white cheddar grits, which have won awards.

“We’re so sure about the menu, the quality, and everything. We cook from scratch with fresh ingredients,” Tahir said. “One of the comments I get is, ‘Is there a grandma in the kitchen?’ because the food is familiar to people.”

Next week’s opening specials include:

  • Monday: Bacon and Eggs Breakfast $1

  • Tuesday: Famous Flying Biscuit Breakfast $1

  • Wednesday: High Flyer Breakfast $5

  • Thursday: Egg-Stravaganza $5

  • Friday: Shrimp and Grits $5

The opening buzz has been felt throughout Cary. Mayor Harold Weinbrecht and some Town Council members plan to visit next week, Tahir said.

The Flying Biscuit Cafe first opened in Atlanta in 1993. Today, the franchise has 29 locations in Georgia, the Carolinas, Alabama and Texas.

Outside of Cary and Chapel Hill, The Flying Biscuit Cafe is located in Raleigh in Brier Creek and the Village District, and in Charlotte and Matthews.