Toyota of Olympia General Manager, Joe McCorkle, found Biscuit House by chance while out with his family. All it took was one visit, one memorable meal, and he was convinced. He needed to bring Biscuit House to Olympia.
With a new dealership in the works, it was the perfect time to connect with Sofia and her family and incorporate the café into the plans for their new Tumwater headquarters.
“I didn’t realize who Joe was at the time,” laughed Sofia. “I made him wait and didn’t return his call initially.” But Joe was persistent and knew what his new dealership needed. Eventually they met and began planning for Biscuit House’s debut in Tumwater.
It has been nearly a year and a half since Sofia Onishenko and her family opened Biscuit House, their first restaurant, in Lakewood. Biscuit House features all your favorites, from burgers and salads to sandwiches, but they are best known for their breakfast, served all day long. Whether you choose from one of their scrumptious omelets or one of their full breakfast platters, you will find it impossible to be disappointed.
“Biscuit House is a perfect addition to Toyota of Olympia because my values and vision for great customer service, and what I expect out of my team, match what Joe believes and expects out of his team,” explained Sofia.
Sofia brings to Biscuit House a beautiful personality, alive and full of hope, and drive to make her restaurant the best it can be.
“My family came to the United States just before I was born as Ukrainian refugees with my six brothers and sisters. They enrolled in Renton Technical College to learn English and my mother, Galina Onishenko, went on to study culinary arts and later got a job there,” Sofia shared. “I am so proud of my mother and how she grew from putting all her efforts into working for someone else, something most of us do our entire lives, to now working for herself. That is the American Dream.”
“Children of immigrants carry an immense responsibility to live up to our potential, to prove that the sacrifices our families made for us were not wasted,” Sofia added. “At 21 years old, I found myself in a new profession, learning how to run a business, complete payroll, file taxes – all without formal training. I had never been challenged to this extent before, but Biscuit House is growing, and every struggle has been worthwhile.”
You can find Sophia and Tumwater’s new Biscuit House right inside the front doors of Toyota of Olympia. Wondering what to order when you get there? While the obvious specialty of biscuits and gravy is not to be missed, Sofia suggests these Biscuit House classics:
Full Biscuit Breakfast: Classic biscuits and gravy with two eggs, 2 pieces of bacon, 2 pieces of sausage and hash browns.
Sunshine Pizza: The perfect breakfast pizza on a biscuit crust, loaded with gravy, bacon, ham, cheddar cheese, green onions and topped with two eggs.
Turkey Provolone Melt: An all-time favorite of Sofia’s served with fresh tomato and slices of avocado.
“Our recipes aren’t secret,” she insisted. “We make meals with fresh, simple ingredients that anyone can imitate at home.”
But not just anyone can make gravy that smooth, hash browns that perfect, scrambled eggs so fluffy or biscuits so tasty.
The Tumwater location also has lots of grab-and-go options, like wraps and salads, plus a full-service espresso bar. The current winter special is the white chocolate peppermint bark mocha and an everyday favorite is the French kiss latte, a delicious pairing of French vanilla, caramel, white chocolate and espresso.
Biscuit House grew from simple ideas: great food, affordable prices and exemplary customer service. But so are many great businesses. What really sets them apart?
While words alone cannot give proper credit to the food, what makes Biscuit House great is Sofia and her staff, who are truly some of the kindest, most welcoming people you will ever meet, leaving you feeling not like a customer, but like a friend.
“Life is busy, and our customers choose to spend their time and their hard-earned money on our food. That is something that deserves respect and an exceptional experience. You can’t be anything less than stellar every time,” said Sofia.
Biscuit House Tumwater
6969 Tyee Drive SW
Tumwater, WA 98512
Open Monday-Sunday 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.