Feasts and Spirits was invited to Michael’s English Muffins to see what they had to offer and learn more about their business. They had been open a little under a month and seemed to be off to a great start.
Their owner, Annabelle, did a great job explaining the background and purpose of their store. Their Ohio roots were evident to us from a previous visit when we observed cans of Skyline chili for sale. They also are the only store located in North Carolina that sells Grippo’s chips. We tried these amazing barbecue chips which pack quite the punch. Annabelle explained the restaurant’s Ohio background and how it was opened to honor her father Michael who had passed away a few years ago. Her father was an Ohio restaurateur who had owned and operated Maisonette, the longest running five star restaurant in the United States as well as several other restaurants. Maisonette was a Cincinnati based French restaurant who was North America’s highest rated restaurant for a long time with a 5 star rating for 41 consecutive years. Annabelle comes from an amazing restaurant industry background and it shows in her involvement with her own restaurant and the clear vision in where she is planning to go.
Michael’s does the majority of its business by wholesaling English Muffins which are all made on site. Every muffin is made traditionally on their griddle with no baking involved. They have many wholesale partners all over central North Carolina from Greenville to Chapel Hill and the word is clearly beginning to grow. They also do a great business in store of selling English Muffins with many options from muffin tops to delicious sandwiches. We tried the Originator, which is their best seller, and the Scoozie, which is dedicated to her father who made this for Annabelle every morning and came up with the creative name, ironically also named after a restaurant. The Originator is made up of sausage, american cheese, and habanero pimento cheese on an original english muffin. It is a great sandwich and oozes with the delicious pimento cheese. The Scoozie was made of a sweet potato english muffin with a muffin top, or topping, of peanut butter and cinnamon sugar. This was delicious! Both items are highly recommended.
Feasts and Spirits had a great time hanging out at Michael’s English Muffins and can’t wait for a return trip. This location is great for any occasion. Get your Muff on!