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Biscuits and Gravy???

LilZ Oct 11, 2006 11:18 PM

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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    dodgergirl Feb 20, 2008 10:29 PM

    Nick's diner in WLA Pico/Robertson. Not like my grandma's but for breakfast out it is a good substitute.

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      FED Feb 20, 2008 02:45 PM

      i hate to say it again, but great biscuits and gravy at ... you can see it coming ... bake 'n' broil in long beach.

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      1. re: FED
        Oh Robin Feb 20, 2008 03:33 PM

        FED, you should really try the b&g at Dale's Diner. FLUFFY biscuits and really flavorful gravy.

        Dale's Diner
        4339 E Carson St, Long Beach, CA 90808

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        mikester Feb 20, 2008 09:02 AM

        I had an awesome gravy (can't vouch for the biscuits, didn't have them) at Roscoes Chicken and Waffles recently. Fried chicken smothered in gravy and onions, a beautiful thing ! The gravy was soo good, not too thick that it's gloppy, just perfect with a very nice flavor.

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          Will Owen Feb 20, 2008 01:58 PM

          They must've changed the recipe, then. I ordered biscuits and gravy at our Roscoe's in Pasadena, and got a watery brown fluid (such as you'd be served with a French dip) and a basket of YEAST ROLLS. Totally, utterly wrong - what on earth were they thinking?

          Biscuits and gravy absolutely requires (a) flaky baking-powder biscuits and (b) a creamy - and, yes, "gloppy" if you will - sausage gravy. Unlike lots of southerners, I do prefer the gravy to be made with lightly browned flour; many Nashvillians will raise a fuss if it's not dead white.

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          Velvet Elvis Feb 19, 2008 09:09 PM

          I tried them at RedHill Coffee Shop of Foothill Blvd. on the Upland/Rancho Cucamonga border Monday, and they were some of the best I have tried in LA. Nothing in it had that pasty canned taste that you get at so many of the otherwise good eateries in the area.

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            kjs Feb 20, 2008 07:55 AM

            there was a place highlighted on diners, drive-in's and dives - a place in san pedro - i was going to take a closer look on the food network website to get the info because my sis is a big biscuit and gravy fan so i was going to take her there ....but heck...redhill is much closer ...maybe i'll take her there !! then again...in pasadena...maybe we'll check to see if aunite em's has it ...if not...just get a big 'ol cupcake !!

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              Diana Feb 20, 2008 08:13 AM

              Teh place from the show ws the Gaffey Street Diner

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            ricflair Apr 12, 2007 02:07 AM

            try eatwell (beverly blvd., between fairfax and la brea or in glendale)--it's a solid effort. nick's on pico is also good.

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              cookieyumyum Feb 19, 2008 04:20 PM

              Thought I would add again to this thread...

              Went to Auntie Em's and they had a weekend special of Biscuits n Gravy. My friends from Texas almost licked the bowl. And I have to say the biscuits were really flaky and buttery. Yum!

              Also, I hear Larkins has them at Sunday Brunch as well. I'd be curious to try....

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                cls Feb 20, 2008 06:31 PM


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              ozhead Apr 9, 2007 10:08 AM

              I like the B&G at Norm's in Santa Monica (Lincoln and Colorado); Norm's being a chain, I would assume that the B&G at other stores are similar. The biscuits are excellent, and the cream gravy is spicy and good -- though it would be better if it contained sausage.

              A hot tip at Norm's is the "four deuces" breakfast, which in its menu form consists of two eggs, two slices of bacon, two link sausages, and two pancakes and costs $3.99. But at least at the Norm's in Sta. Monica, you can substitute pretty freely; my usual version is two eggs (over easy, como no), four sausages, and B&G, a hearty breakfast indeed, and still $3.99.

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                Will Owen Apr 9, 2007 10:34 AM

                Norm's gets no love here, but I'm with you on this - and I too have breakfasted at this very one. So much better than any Denny's...

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                  maudies5 Apr 9, 2007 11:41 AM

                  Love the biscuits at John O'Groats.

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                Fuser Apr 9, 2007 03:10 AM

                If you're looking for the town of biscuits and gravy, head up to Ventura. I can think of three local restaurants that have rocking homemade flaky biscuits and creamy, old fashioned gravy: Arts Corner Cafe, Petes Breakfast House, Allison's Country Cafe. I don't even like biscuits and gravy, but these guys could make me change my mind.

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                  dollallama Oct 15, 2006 01:11 AM

                  Surprised no one has mentioned the B&G at Quality on 3rd st. Though it is not the place to get a plate of chicken fried steak to go with them.

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                    Bria Silbert Oct 14, 2006 04:27 PM

                    I think Rae's on Pico in Santa Monica used to have biscuits and gravy.

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                      cookieyumyum Oct 15, 2006 06:36 AM

                      Yah they still have biscuits and gravy at Rae's! PLUS they are only a $1.55 for a huge bowl! They are some of the better ones I have had here in LA....

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                      kproq323 Oct 14, 2006 07:29 AM

                      Try the S & W Country Diner on Washington Blvd. in Culver City. There is typically a wait on the weekends. I get their fried pork chops with eggs, a biscuit and load up on the southern gravy. Definitely similar to the south. I was brought up "southern style" and truly believe you will not find the true thing in So. Cal. But S & W is close. Good luck!

                      1. DiveFan Oct 14, 2006 01:07 AM

                        Haven't been there in a while, but Ocean Diner in Hermosa Beach does breakfast extremely well.

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                          grapenehi Oct 14, 2006 01:20 AM

                          Good B&G are so hard to find! All I know is I have to travel back to the midwest to get good ones and avoid at all costs, the B&G at Dinah's. Yuck-o.

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                          love2chow Oct 12, 2006 10:31 PM

                          john o'groats makes the most perfect biscuits, absolutely stupendous, i dont even need gravy, maybe some raspberry preserves and i am set!

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                            crewsweeper Feb 20, 2008 07:40 AM

                            wow! John O'Groats is still around. Used eat their pancakes every Saturday after a long run when doing marathon's. That was the mid 80s. I'll have to look it up when in town next month. It'll beat Big Tomy's burrito for breakfast.


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                              Tari Feb 20, 2008 05:51 PM

                              I am not sure they serve biscuits and gravy. I dont see it on their menu. I know that they did years ago, I remember having it then.

                          2. ipsedixit Oct 12, 2006 06:42 PM

                            Blasphemy I know, but I really like the biscuits at KFC, as well as their gravy.

                            Well, you know where this is leading ... order one of each and poof ... biscuits and gravy!

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                              TravelPath Oct 12, 2006 09:21 PM

                              Some years ago I read that the biscuits served at KFC were made by Pillsbury...the same frozen biscuits you can buy at Ralphs and Albertsons...they are really good and with some homemade sausage gravy...ahhh dinner tonight...there goes my cholesterol!!

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                              GuidoTKP Oct 12, 2006 06:33 PM

                              I'm a huge biscuits and gravy fan, and it is very hard to find in this town. I've been getting my fix at Snug Harbor on Wilshire in Santa Monica. Not the best I've had (since I'd have to go to Manitou Springs, Colorado for that), but very good.

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                                compucook Oct 12, 2006 05:42 PM

                                Surfas in Culver City used to carry Whitel Lily, give them a call and check. I have heard that that's the secret to great,light biscuits.

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                                1. re: compucook
                                  Will Owen Oct 12, 2006 08:13 PM

                                  Surfas does have White Lily - it's in the baking-supplies rack right in front of where you line up to check out. They have both the self-rising flour AND self-rising white cornmeal, both wonderful products. Even I can make nice tender biscuits with that flour; it's soft wheat, very low gluten, so you have to knead the bejabers out of it to make the biscuits tough.

                                  For further discussion of rolling your own B&G, I'll see you over on Home Cooking...

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                                    Mattapoisett in LA Feb 19, 2008 04:26 PM

                                    Since this thread has come from the dead. No More White Lilly products at Surfas

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                                  AquaW Oct 12, 2006 04:58 PM

                                  For the home cook: good biscuits are easy; great biscuits are difficult ~ and yes, they do sell ready-to-bake biscuit dough (usually near the premade refrigerated cookie dough). I particularly liked the Pillsbury "perfect portions" (a pack of 4 2-biscuit portions) - which keeps me from going overboard.

                                  For biscuit & gravy dish, I only know to avoid Original Pancake House--it was pretty disgusting



                                  1. pikawicca Oct 12, 2006 04:38 PM

                                    See if you can find White Lily Self-Rising Flour. All you add is shortening and buttermilk -- excellent biscuits.

                                    1. caitybirdie Oct 12, 2006 09:06 AM

                                      fancier ones at Julienne's in san marino on mission.

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                                        tattud_gurl Oct 12, 2006 04:36 PM

                                        Yeah, John O' Groats.............

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                                          ipsedixit Oct 12, 2006 06:40 PM


                                          I go to Julienne's quite often and have never seen b&g on the menu.

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                                          Leon Oct 12, 2006 05:04 AM

                                          I have come to really like the biscuits at John O'Groats (10516 W Pico Blvd). At first, I didn't know what to think of them (they're smaller and denser than the norm) but I've grown to look forward to them when going to John O'Groats. I'm not sure if they have gravy, but the biscuits are good by themselves or with butter and jam.

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                                            sel Oct 12, 2006 07:43 PM

                                            Or butter and honey!!!

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                                            tannazie Oct 12, 2006 02:29 AM

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

                                            1. ozzygee Oct 11, 2006 11:56 PM

                                              Roscoe's Chicken & Waffles.

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                                              1. re: ozzygee
                                                Will Owen Oct 12, 2006 02:01 AM

                                                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...

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                                                mikester Oct 11, 2006 11:29 PM

                                                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
                                                  condiment Oct 12, 2006 01:42 AM

                                                  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.

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                                                    sel Oct 12, 2006 04:14 AM

                                                    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
                                                      Wes Oct 12, 2006 05:30 PM

                                                      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.

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                                                        sel Oct 12, 2006 07:42 PM

                                                        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!

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                                                          sel Apr 8, 2007 10:45 AM

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

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                                                            sel Apr 8, 2007 10:48 AM

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

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                                                              Like go grinz Apr 8, 2007 04:54 PM

                                                              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

                                                              Arthur's Restaurant
                                                              240 N Tustin St
                                                              Orange, CA 92867

                                                              Michael J's Restaurant
                                                              2315 Foothill Blvd.
                                                              La Verne, CA 91750

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

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                                                                Like go grinz Apr 12, 2007 10:44 AM

                                                                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

                                                                Arthur's Restaurant
                                                                240 N Tustin St
                                                                Orange, CA 92867

                                                                1. re: Like go grinz
                                                                  sel Apr 12, 2007 11:23 AM

                                                                  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!

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                                                                    JeetJet Apr 12, 2007 11:38 AM

                                                                    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

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                                                      Chubbypanda Oct 11, 2006 11:24 PM

                                                      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


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                                                        LilZ Oct 11, 2006 11:45 PM

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

                                                        1. re: LilZ
                                                          Chubbypanda Oct 12, 2006 02:59 PM

                                                          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


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                                                            Grubber Oct 12, 2006 03:09 PM

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


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

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                                                        silence9 Oct 11, 2006 11:20 PM

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

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