Biscuits. Dense and buttery. Light and fluffy. Buttermilk. Sweet. Savory. I’m not sure that I ever met one I didn’t like. Over the last three years or so, I’ve definitely stepped up my biscuit game. I’ve experimented with recipes, made my own jams, and taste tested restaurant offerings as often as possible. I’ll be honest, I thought I had my biscuit game down pat.
Then, a local place made me rethink all I ever knew to be good and right about these precious balls of dough we American southerners embrace as biscuits. The Greenhouse on Porter has transformed the biscuit community forever on the Mississippi Gulf Coast.
The Biscuits and Beyond
The Greenhouse on Porter works on a simple idea: use made from scratch biscuits and local ingredients to showcase a multitude of flavors. Fresh herbs, veggies, fruits, cheeses, you name it are fair game for their creative biscuit minds. Think strawberry vanilla biscuits with goat fluff and orange marmalade. Or how about savory garlicky oregano eggplant biscuits with lemon yogurt fluff and roasted bell peppers and onions?
Just a few that I can recall trying are green onion biscuit with goat fluff and roasted peppers, pesto biscuit with Mediterranean salad, gouda biscuit topped with caramelized onion and fresh herb fluff, and sweet banana biscuit with peanut butter chocolate chip fluff. Customers can also choose a plain biscuit and top with any of their housemade jams or preserves. They even have gluten-free biscuits. Pair this with an exceptional cup of coffee from their current small batch offerings (made fresh when ordered) or exotic teas, and your experience will really be a thing of excellence.
Every morning they bake fresh biscuits. A new pair is featured daily: a savory and a sweet option. Most visits I order one of each biscuit of the day. I am glad there are only two, because I can never decide. On my last stop in, I had what was probably my favorite biscuit yet, a vanilla cranberry biscuit with ricotta and orange marmalade. The vanilla cranberry combination made the buttery biscuit mildly sweet with tangy bits. The creamy, savory ricotta could have honestly stood alone on the biscuit and been amazing, but they topped it with housemade marmalade, bringing one more layer of flavor punch to top it off. I want another one now. And every morning for the rest of my life.
It’s savory companion, the green onion and garlic biscuit with ricotta and roasted peppers was delicious, too. It could hold the place of best savory in my book, only I would’ve loved it with their goat “fluff,” a secret recipe that they modify with flavors and use as biscuit topping. I can only describe it as a mash-up of fresh whipped cream and other dense ingredients, like soft cheeses or peanut butter. Then they add honey or other flavors for different combinations, like honey almond goat fluff. It really is magical.
And let’s not forget the Mama Mocha – Dawn of the Dead coffee. It is my favorite – just try it black before you put any cream or sugar, to fully appreciate. It gives me super powers.
Afternoons and weekends bring specialty craft beer, an extension of their commitment to a fun space with the best snacks and beverages they can find. It’s always worth asking which brews they’ve found lately. Many Saturday nights involve live music, craft beer and the kind of fun experience that a simple porch fest with friends provides.
The funny thing is that the biscuits and coffee – as incredible as they may be – are just a small part of what’s really going on at Greenhouse on Porter. The energy in this place is everything. It’s a quirky old greenhouse that was converted into an inspiring space. Who does that? Well, these girls.
Jessie Zenor and Kait Sukiennik are creative, fun-loving, and genuine people that really care about the health, well being, and success of others in the community. They had a vision to grow a small business that would support others in the community and breed creativity and encouragement, and their space is one that does just that, always buzzing with creative energy. Artists set up every other Friday night at their “Opp Shop” (opp short for opportunity) to sell their latest creations. Greenhouse on Porter sells weekly “Grow Boxes” with fresh local fruits and vegetables – a way to support local farms. The space is used for yoga classes, and events even as simple as local hangouts are regularly scheduled to showcase local music, food, and support local causes. There is always something to look forward to at the Greenhouse. Keep up with the action on this biscuit and coffeeshop’s website or Facebook Page. The Greenhouse on Porter is located 404 Porter Avenue in Ocean Springs.
So, get down there and meet these great folks, try their tantalizing biscuits. You’ll be back again and again. Promise.
>> For more coffeehouse options on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, check out our article 13 Places to get your Caffeine Fix.