Nearly a year and a half ago, Sofia Onishenko and her family opened Biscuit House, their first restaurant, in Lakewood. Biscuit House offers all your favorites, from salads and sandwiches to burgers, but they are best known for their breakfast, served all day long. Whether you choose from one of their unforgettable omelets or one of their full breakfast platters, you will find it impossible to be disappointed.
Biscuit House grew from timeless ideas: great food, affordable prices and exemplary customer service. “Life is busy and our customers choose to spend their time and hard-earned money on our food,” said Sofia. “That, to me, is something that deserves respect and an exceptional experience. You can’t be anything less than stellar every time, for every customer, every meal.”
What truly makes Biscuit House great is Sofia and her staff who are inarguably some of the kindest, most welcoming people you will ever meet, leaving you feeling not like a customer, but like a friend.
Sofia brings to Biscuit House a beautiful personality, alive and full of hope, driven 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 learned English at Renton Technical College where and my mother, Galina Onishchenko, 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. This is the American Dream.”
“Children of immigrants carry an enormous responsibility to live up to our potential, to prove that the sacrifices our families made for us were not a waste,” 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 tested to this extent before, but Biscuit House is growing, making every struggle 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, biscuits and gravy, is not to be missed, Sophia recommends these Biscuit House favorites:
The perfect breakfast pizza on a biscuit crust, loaded with gravy, ham, cheddar cheese, bacon, green onions and topped with two eggs.
Full Biscuit Breakfast
Classic biscuits and gravy with two eggs, 2 pieces of sausage, 2 pieces of bacon and hash browns.
Turkey Provolone Melt
An all-time favorite of Sofia’s served with fresh tomato and slices of avocado.
The Tumwater location also has lots of grab and go options, like salads and wraps, plus a full-service espresso bar. The current special is the White Chocolate Peppermint Bark Mocha and a daily favorite is the French Kiss Latte, a delicious combination of French vanilla, caramel, white chocolate and espresso.
“None of our recipes are secret,” she insisted. “We make meals with fresh, simple ingredients that anyone can imitate at home.”
I’ve tasted her food, though. Not just anyone can make gravy that smooth, hash browns that perfect, scrambled eggs so fluffy or biscuits so savory.
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 hooked. He knew he needed to find a way to bring Biscuit House to Olympia.
With a new dealership in the works, it was the perfect opportunity 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 Sophia. “I made him wait and didn’t return his call right away.” But Joe was determined. Eventually they met and began planning for Biscuit House’s debut in Tumwater.
“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,” added Sofia.
Visit Biscuit House today inside the new Toyota of Olympia or have them bring breakfast to you via UberEATS. Make to ask for Sofia when you stop in. It will be a meal to remember.
Biscuit House Tumwater
6969 Tyee Dr. SW
Tumwater, WA 98512
Open Monday-Sunday 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.