Every morning in America, people circle McDonald’s and Chick-fil-a for their biscuit breakfasts, but for Oxford, there’s another biscuit drive-thru: Embers Biscuits & Bar-B-Que, located at 1703 University Avenue.
There is a framed Garden & Gun article by John T. Edge right by the entrance, mentioning Earline Hall when she worked for The Biscuit Pit in Grenada. Those two pages spurred the restaurant’s birth when Don Newcomb, Oxonian dentist and restaurant entrepreneur, invited Hall to show him how to make the famous biscuits. From the fated encounter, he realized Hall makes each biscuit batch individually, so he asked her to be a part of Embers.
Embers isn’t just about the biscuits. It serves up slow-smoked meat, sitting for hours over the wood overnight. A hungry customer can order a sandwich or a biscuit served with these options: chicken breast, pulled pork or double smoked ham and bacon.
Embers is a breakfast, lunch and dinner joint where one can pick up any sort of meal combination from a basil and goat cheese omelet on Earline’s biscuit to Smokin’ Reuben made from slowly pit-cooked corned beef, Swiss cheese and sauerkraut, topped with house special sauce on grilled Jewish Rye bread.
It serves biscuits, sandwiches and burgers all day from 7 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Customers can also call in orders for a pick-up plate served with pulled pork, double-smoked ham or pit-cooked chicken breast or wood-smoked corned beef, all served with pit-cooked baked beans and cole slaw and a hot biscuit. House fries are part of the plate lunch and there’s a choice between ivory or traditional BBQ sauce to dip all that goodness in.
“Embers is great because you can eat a variety of good food no matter the time,” senior psychology major Andrew Bryant said.
Fries and milkshakes — chocolate, vanilla and strawberry — are newer parts of the menu, and there may be more to come, according to Embers operator Ross Polancich
“We listen to customer requests,” said Polancich. “It’s more or less what the customer wants.”
Embers also caters, with choices of ham, pulled pork, chicken breast and bacon as meat options. Polancich says Embers may have a full catering menu developed soon.
If y’all love Embers and want to let them know, feel free to vote for Embers as a best restaurant in the Oxford Eagle’s survey for Best of Oxford 2015.
Callie Daniels is a HottyToddy.com staff reporter and can be reached at email@example.com.