A new food truck recently hit the streets of St. Louis, featuring one of America’s favorite breakfast traditions: biscuits and gravy. Honey Bee’s Biscuits + Good Eats debuted its truck on Feb. 6, offering several variations of biscuits and gravy, breakfast sandwiches and more. The rollout was so busy that 400 entrées sold in just three hours.
The concept comes from husband-and-wife duo and Kirkwood residents Michael Shadwick and Meredith Gibbons Shadwick, who originally launched their brand at the Kirkwood Farmers’ Market last June. Michael, who previously had a background in sales, decided to pursue a culinary career last year, joining Winslow’s Table as its garde manager chef last February.
When the restaurant closed its doors temporarily due to the pandemic just weeks later, he got a job at Imo’s Pizza as a delivery driver while training to become a manager. In the meantime, he and Meredith began to formulate their own business plan specializing in “the best b’s and g’s west of the Mississippi.”
According to the Shadwicks, their signature square-shaped buttermilk biscuit has a soft bottom and crispy top, finished with a sweet and salty glossy honey glaze. The middle is fluffy with buttery layers.
“After we perfected the standard honey-glazed biscuits, we started coming up with all kinds of different flavors,” Meredith says. “We do blueberry, strawberry, an everything bagel seasoning with a garlic oil glaze, rosemary, thyme, jalapeño and Cheddar and one with cinnamon roll filling in between the layers.”
The couple’s decision to name their business Honey Bee’s is three-fold, defined by the honey glaze on top of their biscuits; the dating app Bumble through which they were originally introduced; and their slogan: “Bee yourself, bee who you're meant to be and always do things that make you happy.”
Examples of offerings from the food truck’s rotating menu include The Bee Sting with a Honey Bee’s biscuit topped with spicy sausage gravy and Red Hot Riplets. The Popper Bee sandwich features a jalapeño, Cheddar and cream cheese biscuit filled with sausage, egg and peach-pepper jam. Honey Bee’s mainstay is a humble yet unique biscuit and sausage gravy combo.
“It’s an amazing combination of flavors. You get an herbed breakfast sausage gravy flavor, and then you get hit with a sweetness from the honey,” Meredith says. “We’re just really excited to get out in the community and have people try our food.”
Honey Bee’s Biscuits + Good Eats is currently popping up in different locations around the city during the weekends. It can be found on Sat., Feb. 27 at Teleo Coffee from 8am to noon or until sold out as well as on Sun., Feb. 28 at Maypop from 9am to noon or until sold out.
Honey Bee’s Biscuits + Good Eats, honeybeesbg.com