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Jul 23, 2006 06:34 PM

[AUS] Best biscuits & gravy/Southern food?

Hey folks:

I'm a transplanted New Yorker, by way of Atlanta and South Florida, and I've been hoping that I could find somewhere in town for good biscuits and gravy (as NYC was pretty much a loss for that, except for the one or two places I know).

Any tips? Also, if there's anything close to soul food in town, that'd be great too.

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  1. The Frisco Shop on Burnet at Koenig has excellent biscuits and gravy. It's all scratch made on site.

    1. Welcome to Texas! You'll find many former New Yorkers on this board--and some native Texans like me who've also lived in NYC and other cities on the East Coast.

      I can tell you that the Bakehouse has biscuits and gravy on the menu. I’m afraid I can't vouch for their quality, as I've only sampled underwhelming lunch and dinner items there: stroganoff, grilled pork chops, some sides, a cobbler, a brownie. Maybe some other 'hounds can weigh in on their b&g?

      As for soul food, you may be surprised to learn that there isn't much of it in Austin, which has a shrinking black population and a relatively low percentage of black-owned businesses compared to similar cities. But much of what we have hits the spot. I really like the meat loaf, pork chops, fried chicken & waffles, CFS, peach cobbler, sweet-potato pie, mashed sweet and regular potatoes, banana pudding, and lemonade at Tony's Southern Comfort. I like the po'boys and even the greasy fried chicken at Gene's. Ben's Longbranch has a great smothered pork-chop special and very good cobbler, banana pudding, and sweet tea (in addition to mutton BBQ). For more opinions on Tony's CFS and greens, plus some raves about Hoover's, see this thread:

      If you make it to San Antonio, excellent biscuits and gravy can be found at Guenther House in the King William district and Magnolia Pancake Haus on West Ave. near 281 [which has no connection to the mediocre diners of the same name here in Austin.] The biscuits make the b&g memorable at Guenther House. They have good waffles and lemonade, too, but ignore the lunch menu. At Magnolia, the delicious pork sausage, custom-made to their specifications, is what elevates the biscuits & [sausage] gravy. Their waffles and pancakes are also outstanding.

      By the way, the thread linked to above lists the names of two more soul-food restaurants in S.A. They both cook up some good down-home Southern food.

      I hope this helps you get started, and I look forward to reading your reviews.


      1. I find the biscuits and gravy at Dan's Hamburgers at Manchaca Rd and Ben White Blvd to be excellent. They have table service for breakfast 7 days a week and there's always a crowd of long-time customers there.

        1. For years, Dot's served the best "southern comfort soul home-cooking etc." food in Austin. But then it burned down. I understand that she's been serving food out of a catering cart trying to earn enough money to rebuild. I'd suggest you search her out.

          And I like Tony's second best. Hoover's third.

          The biscuits and gravy at Star Seeds have been an Austin tradition for decades. I don't live there anymore, so don't know if they're still around but if so, I'd suggest you give them a shot. They also attract a pretty eclectic crowd of folks that clearly haven't just gotten up early to go have breakfast. If you know what I mean.

          1. I agree with the Dan's recommendation; used to live around the corner and I always stuck with the biscuits & gravy when I ducked in for breakfast.

            Had lunch at Gene's today - the smothered pork chops are available on Mon and Thurs and are worth the trip.