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Biscuits and Gravy???

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Is there anywhere in the city that does a decent plate of biscuits and gravy, or am I destined to try to whip it up at home? I'm a miserable baker -- can you just buy biscuit dough? Any advice would be appreciated!

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  1. Pann's, on the way to LAX, is very OK...

    1. Restaurants offering biscuits and gravy abound. The stickler is your definitation of "good". What are you looking for in a plate of biscuits and gravy?

      - Chubbypanda

      http://epicurious-wanderer.blogspot.com/

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      1. re: Chubbypanda

        Good creamy rich gravy and soft fluffy biscuits. Like something I used to get on road trips thru the south.

        1. re: LilZ

          Ouch. Yeah. I know what you're talking about and I'm still looking too. Good bicuits are really difficult to make. I'm a fairly decent baker, and I still haven't managed to make any that are significantly better than what you get out of a Pillsbury tube.

          - Chubbypanda

          http://epicurious-wanderer.blogspot.com/

          1. re: Chubbypanda

            If you want to try whipping up your own with a mix, try this mix:

            https://www.pioneermills.com/Store/Pr...

            Pretty darn good biscuits for a mix, definitely better than the Pillsbury tubed variety.

      2. Ah but biscuits are about the easiest thing to bake, because the less you handle them, the better ! I'm sure the General Cooking board will have lots of great advice/recipes.

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        1. re: mikester

          Biscuits are easy. Great biscuits are among the most difficult thing
          on God's green earth. Nobody in Los Angeles has biscuits quite right -
          actually, the biscuits in the bread basket at Simon aren't bad, although
          there is no gravy - but I am fond of the B&G at the Pines out on
          Pearblossom Highway, which features authentically pasty, fatty, pale
          Oklahoma gravy.

          1. re: condiment

            I had biscuits and gravy at the Pines with a ribeye steak for breakfest weekend before last, good stuff! Pineburger, rare with the works is worth the drive!!!

            Pines Cafe
            4343 Pearblossom Hwy, Palmdale, CA 93552
            Tel: 661 285 0455

            1. re: sel

              Their chicken fried steak is good too!

              Be careful about their hours. I haven't been in a long time but they used to close at 2PM.

              1. re: Wes

                I forgot; GF had the chicken fried steak and mashed potatoes, both covered in the light-colored country gravey, sooo good! Avoid the brown gravey - NASTY!

                1. re: Wes

                  The Pines Cafe just started serving dinners! I gotta check this out!

                  1. re: Wes

                    They now have a big banner announcing that they are open for dinner!

                    1. re: sel

                      I like the Pines . A small place with not much seating and great food. The chicken fried steak is one of the best in California, IMO. The B&G is also very good. I like two other places for B&G. At Arthur’s in Orange you will wait in line on weekend mornings but like most places with a line of locals the food is worth the wait. This place is known for the B&G. I have never had a bad meal there either. You get a basket of biscuits and a small bowl of gravy. The biscuits are small and seem to have a lot of butter in them – just can’t stop eating them once you start. It is nice sometimes to be able to hold the biscuit between your fingers and either clean your plate or dip it in the gravy – no pride. At Michael J’s the biscuits are large and fluffy and they come smothered. This is actually my first choice for B&G. These large squares just seem to me to be a meal which I can be happy with until lunch. I eat at each of these places and they are my model of what these two types of biscuits (large v small) should be. This reminds me that I have not been to Michael J's for a while and should go soon. By the way sel, I owe you big time. My family drives from SGV to El Segundo at least twice a month to get the best subs in L.A. at the original Original Rinaldi's . A family fav -- thanks for the rec.

                      Pines Cafe
                      4343 Pearblossom Hwy.
                      Palmdale, CA 93552
                      (661)285-0455

                      Arthur's Restaurant
                      240 N Tustin St
                      Orange, CA 92867
                      (714)997-1850

                      Michael J's Restaurant
                      2315 Foothill Blvd.
                      La Verne, CA 91750
                      (909)596-1567

                      Original Rinaldi's Italian Deli
                      323 Main St.
                      El Segundo, CA 90245
                      (310) 647-2860

                      1. re: Like go grinz

                        Update, Michael J's Restaurant in La Verne, NO LONGER makes good biscuits and gravy. I went today and I am still trying to get that bad taste out of my mouth. For over 25 years I have loved what they once made (large fluffy biscuits and a thick flavorful white gravy) but since the last time I ate there about a year ago they made a big mistake and what they have now taste like it came out of a can. So Bad! Therefore reduce my picks to

                        Pines Cafe
                        4343 Pearblossom Hwy.
                        Palmdale, CA 93552
                        (661)285-0455

                        Arthur's Restaurant
                        240 N Tustin St
                        Orange, CA 92867
                        (714)997-1850

                        1. re: Like go grinz

                          Because The Pines Cafe was not convienient last weekend GF and I tried a place mentioned here by Chino Wayne in Downtwn Newhall called The Waystation. Biscuits and Gravy were ok but no where near as good as those at The Pines! After breakfest I saw why. They use Bridgford Frozen "Old South" Heat & Serve Buttermilk Biscuits!

                          Thanks for the update on Michael J's Restaurant, they have sadly been deleted from MY 'to try' list!

                          1. re: sel

                            If you have not tried Arthur's think about doing so. They will make you happy with the Biscuits and Gravy and just ablout everything else they make. Real country style place with country style cooking. On Saturday and Sunday morning there will be a wait. Once you see how big this place is inside and how many tables they have (all full of people) you will know that the food must be good.

                            Thanks again sel,
                            JeetJet? (aka, Like-Go-Eat? Like go grinz)

                            Arthur's Restaurant
                            240 N Tustin St
                            Orange, CA 92867
                            (714)997-1850

              1. re: ozzygee

                Radically disagree. Roscoe's so-called "biscuits", last time I had any, were in fact yeast rolls, and the gravy was some kind of brown watery oniony beef crap. For genuine baking-powder biscuits and proper cream sausage gravy made with pork products, I can second the guy who recommended Pann's. As for any other venue, I'm still looking, just like you...

              2. also Nick's on Pico around Robertson. In general, it's a solid greasy spoon diner.