Get Your FREE Subscription to HQ Magazine!
Canna Aid

Make Yourself Comfy: An Ode to One Heavenly Biscuit

by Austin L. Ray

It arrives with an unassuming thud—sturdy porcelain against worn formica. But it feels like a paycheck, a kiss, a snow day, a promise of a new tomorrow. There’s an ocean of gravy that’s somehow never too much. Indeed, there’s enough of that gray-brown goo, chunky with sausage, that the menu descriptor “blanketed” starts to make very real sense. I would like to be covered by this blanket as well.

Underneath, there’s boneless fried chicken that tears like cotton candy when you so much as nudge it with a utensil. The biscuit of the Comfy Chicken Biscuit isn’t anything especially special, really. It’s nice, it does a good job of soaking up gravy and providing a textural contrast to the bird. But it’s otherwise just kinda there. And then there’s the orange slice on the side of the plate like some wisecracking sidekick. “You ever heard of vitamins?” it mocks. How rude.

While Homegrown’s Comfy Chicken Biscuit may not be the best breakfast item in Atlanta, or the healthiest breakfast item in Atlanta, or even the most popular breakfast item in Atlanta, it is, unequivocally, The Most Atlanta Breakfast Item In Atlanta. This is true because it’s a) unpretentious, b) relatively cheap, c) a respectful nod to the rich history of the South’s best and most indulgent, early-morning foodstuffs, and, best of all d) delicious. The Comfy is for everyone, and everyone is for the Comfy.

When Homegrown opened along a then-practically-vacant stretch of Memorial Drive in 2010, the Comfy Chicken Biscuit was a “quick and easy” staff meal. It wasn’t even on the menu! Chef/owner Kevin Clark added it about a year later, and that’s when the Comfy’s legend was born. “I thought the kitchen was going to walk out,” Clark told Atlanta Magazine in 2016. “Every single ticket had the Comfy on it. It was ridiculous.”

The Comfy Chicken Biscuit is the only breakfast food item in the world with its very own counter. The brightly colored box hangs on the wall near the cash register, keeping track of how many Comfies leave the Homegrown kitchen. At press time, the box read 3,240 COMFY CHICKEN PLATES SOLD, signifying that 3,240 Comfies had been sold, including, I suppose, the one I ate while finishing this essay.

At one point while writing, I spent the better part of a half hour staring at a photo of the Comfy Chicken Biscuit that I tweeted last fall. This may sound like a silly exercise, a writer’s block byproduct, but it was actually quite instructive. There’s something therapeutic about taking in the Comfy’s visage even when you’re not eating one. Indeed, right after eating one, like listening to a band on the way home from their concert. It reminds that maybe the world (or Atlanta, at least) isn’t such a terrible place after all. That sometimes, folks of all kinds—every age, race, and walk of life—can saunter into an old, charming shack on the Eastside, an establishment that’s encroached on all sides by development and gentrification, and those folks? Well, they can get Comfy together.

Homegrown – 968 Memorial Dr SE, Atlanta, GA 30316
Phone: (404) 222-0455

Canna Aid

Recent Articles

Colorado’s cannabis industry, once a pioneer in the legal market, is now seeing a decline for the first time since its formation. Despite the initial success, the industry faces crashing prices and increased competition.
As cannabis has been selectively modified to contain high THC, it started to become apparent that focusing only on THC production may produce a potent high but is not always ideal for a balanced and relaxing experience.
If you want to make the most of today’s most powerful marketing tools, don’t fall for the sweet nothings that Facebook and TikTok whisper in your ear. They are goliaths masquerading as coquettes. If you want to play the game, you need to be crafty. Here are five ways to get more from your socials.
Nearly everyone alive believes the media is biased. Most of us can name the bias of every major newspaper and cable channel as easily as we can recite the ABCs. If you’re in that majority, certain that you can determine slant from a distance, this test is for you.
Months after launching, the health-focused cannabis company came face to face with the COVID-19 pandemic.
The cannabis pioneer and activist’s new bubbler and water pipe designs  are legitimately burning up the market (and a heap of flower too).
This month, we had the opportunity to sit down with VPR Brands’ Chief Operating Officer, Dan Hoff—and the results were epic.
CBN for dogs is becoming an increasingly popular supplement because it acts very differently than CBD.