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Biscuits and Gravy Recs?

dave_c Feb 8, 2008 07:19 AM

Any recommendations for a good breakfast place with good biscuits and gravy?
I'm willing to drive the Bay Area in my quest.

Dave C

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    SLRossi RE: dave_c Feb 8, 2008 07:25 AM

    Maybe Ole's? It's been a few years, but I remember them being pretty good.

    Ole's Waffle Shop
    1507 Park St, Alameda, CA 94501

    1. nicedragonboy RE: dave_c Feb 8, 2008 08:15 AM

      DeClancy's Welcome Table in Oakland might.

      Declancy's Welcome Table
      2000 Park Blvd, Oakland, CA 94606

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        sylphi RE: dave_c Feb 8, 2008 10:34 AM

        Kate's Kitchen? I had their biscuit and liked but it wasn't a traditional biscuit. Haven't tried their gravy yet, however.

        Kate's Kitchen
        471 Haight St, San Francisco, CA 94117

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          hohokam RE: sylphi Feb 8, 2008 01:50 PM

          Ixnay on Ateskay, I say. Unless they've changed their gravy recipe, I would skip their B&G. I was with a friend who ordered it one morning. The presentation consisted of a soup bowl filled with gravy that was green with some resinous-tasting herb (sage?) with the biscuit floating in the middle.

          My friend and I both grew up in the American South (albeit at opposite ends), and neither of us recognized the dish as the B&G that we were accustomed to. Frankly, I found it inedible.

          Maybe I'm hidebound about this, but I would only recommend the B&G at Kate's to those who feel a burning need to see/taste for themselves.

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          kresge86 RE: dave_c Feb 8, 2008 12:45 PM

          I have yet to find any decent biscuits & gravy in SF, but it depends on what you like. I'm partial to white country style sausage gravy (with lots of black pepper). I've tried Kate's, and it was passable, but not good. I've also tried Ella's (don't know if they still serve it), which was red gravy. Meetinghouse used to have a decent version, but it was awfully precious with tiny little biscuits. Olympic Cafe (in the tenderloin) has it, but it's not good. Don't recall if Pork Store has it, but they do have good biscuits. The best I've had in the greater Bay Area were at Cat's Incredible Cafe in Aptos. YUMMY.

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            kresge86 RE: kresge86 Feb 9, 2008 10:49 AM

            I just tried the biscuits & gravy at St. Francis Fountain on 24th Street, and it was pretty good. It could have used a little more sausage in the gravy, and the biscuits were more bready than light/fluffy, but still... not bad for SF. I forgot to mention in my earlier posting that I also tried the B&G at Stacks on Hayes. Don't bother. They clearly don't get it.

          2. Xiao Yang RE: dave_c Feb 9, 2008 11:23 AM

            Tablehopper reported back in December that a reincarnation of Joanna Karlinksy's Meetinghouse (of biscuits fame) was in the works, but I haven't heard anything since. I'm curious if she will get her former loyal customers back. (When she closed the earlier Meetinghouse, she didn't really burn her bridges, but then again she didn't exactly seismically retrofit them, either.)


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              ChowFun_derek RE: Xiao Yang Feb 10, 2008 07:42 AM

              Joanna's working on the space on Van Ness that used to house Habana..and other restaurants that didn't remain very long...however if you remember her biscuits they can be bought and delivered to your home...(I have a box now in my freezer...very 'short' and altogether addictive..)


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                kresge86 RE: ChowFun_derek Feb 11, 2008 07:22 AM

                I thought her biscuits were also available at Elite Cafe. Is that no longer the case?

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                  SteveG RE: kresge86 Feb 11, 2008 03:37 PM

                  That's where I've gotten them, but not for a year or more so my info could be outdated.

                  Elite Cafe had the best gravy and biscuits that I've had in SF. I don't know if they have an actual dish of them; I remember ordering biscuits as a side and gravy as a side and putting it together, which really scratched the itch.

                  Prices are high, but sit at the bar with a greyhound, coffee, a side of biscuits and a side of gravy, and most would be happy.

            2. Windy RE: dave_c Feb 9, 2008 03:08 PM

              Brenda's. Good homemade jams for the biscuits too; last time it was apricot.

              Brenda's French Soul Food
              652 Polk St, San Francisco, CA 94102

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                chutney RE: Windy Feb 11, 2008 03:45 PM

                I second Brenda's - excellent biscuits and gravy.

              2. grishnackh RE: dave_c Feb 9, 2008 05:09 PM

                A good friend of mine swears by the biscuits and gravy at Le Bateau Ivre in Berkeley.

                Le Bateau Ivre Restaurant
                2629 Telegraph Ave, Berkeley, CA

                1. ChowFun_derek RE: dave_c Feb 11, 2008 08:01 AM

                  Went to HOME on Market and 14th yesterday with a group for brunch...I had eggs benedict which were ethereal (how do they get the poached so 'fluffy'!??) ...however the 2 others who had the biscuits and gravy were not happy with them...I ordered a side of biscuits which were really leaden...the chocolate banana bread which were placed on all tables was terrific..and they have a "Bloody Mary Bar" about 10 feet long...(cost $4.00) service was efficient and very welcoming...

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                    hill food RE: ChowFun_derek Feb 11, 2008 08:48 PM

                    poaching: you slowly SLOWLY slip a cracked egg into a boil - no cup, if it's hot enough the egg will coagulate (wording?) on it's own. it takes some finesse. and remove with a slotted spoon. high temperature and delicacy (and practice) are key.

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                      chemchef RE: hill food Feb 12, 2008 12:14 PM

                      hill food,
                      ChowFun didn't ask how to POACH eggs, but rather how to get the poached eggs FLUFFY.

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                        hill food RE: chemchef Feb 12, 2008 12:30 PM

                        I was vague (and I sound like a moron if it reads like that was all I was trying to convey), but the only way to get them fluffy is to plunge them directly in water and ignore those cups and molds. that was my point...

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                          chemchef RE: hill food Feb 13, 2008 06:58 AM

                          oh, I see. Thanks for the clarification!

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                          Xiao Yang RE: chemchef Feb 12, 2008 02:20 PM

                          I'm still trying to figure out what Derek means by "fluffy" poached eggs.

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                            ChowFun_derek RE: Xiao Yang Feb 13, 2008 08:44 AM

                            I think I meant ...tender....the insides were perfectly runny, but the whites were much lighter...this (fluffy?!) texture may very well result from the whites not being in contact with a metal egg holder used for poaching eggs..but as hill food says...probably comes from poaching an egg freely floating in water alone...

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                      Mick Ruthven RE: dave_c Feb 11, 2008 07:55 PM

                      Take yourself to the Garden Court Cafe & Bakery in Glen Ellen (a few miles north of Sonoma) and have their “Granny’s sausage and gravy - with 2 biscuits”, either alone ($6.50) or with two eggs and potatoes or grits ($10.50). It's large enough for two people unless you're a really big eater and the best biscuits and gravy I've ever had.


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                        nerdigrrl RE: dave_c Feb 12, 2008 08:29 AM

                        I know it's long gone, but I was hoping to share my grief with anyone who may have experienced the same little part of heaven: Crescent City Cafe on Haight near Masonic. Any one?

                        Amazing B&G! The gravy was actually brown b/c of all the sausage drippings, not the pale paste you find at many places. The gravy covered the biscuits, winking at me with the tiny droplets of hot sauce which balanced the luscious fat and salt from the hunks of sausage. And all this, I would wash down with heavy, old-school diner mugs of strong chicory coffee.

                        oh, the memories...

                        Has anybody found B&G like the CCC?

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                          kresge86 RE: nerdigrrl Feb 12, 2008 10:09 AM

                          Even though I prefer white gravy, I loved the biscuits & gravy at Crescent City Cafe. With regard to your last question... "no" I haven't found anything like it elsewhere in the City.

                        2. Ruth Lafler RE: dave_c Feb 17, 2008 06:03 PM

                          I went to Hob Nob in Alameda this morning, and when I ordered the biscuits and gravy, the waitress said they were good, "the chef's from Texas." Two excellent biscuits smothered in white gravy that I thought could have used more sausage but was otherwise good. They came with home fries that were an excellent example of the genre: well-browned cubes of potato with just a few thin strings of pepper and onions.

                          I'd never been to Hob Nob before, and it's really a nice concept: a causal place to hang out for people of all ages -- there's are shelves packed with games in the back -- good food and a full bar (including a Bloody Mary bar at brunch).

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                            rworange RE: Ruth Lafler Feb 17, 2008 07:07 PM


                            1313 Park St, Alameda, CA 94501

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                              Windy RE: Ruth Lafler Feb 17, 2008 07:52 PM

                              They seem to be good at potatoes. I've had the truffle fries which are shoestring potatoes with parmesan cheese and (fortunately) not much truffle oil.

                              Good happy hour too, if I remember. We had half-price mojitos.

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                                Atomica RE: Ruth Lafler Feb 18, 2008 08:30 AM

                                Sounds like the perfect place to go before the monthly Alameda flea market.

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                                lintygmom RE: dave_c Feb 18, 2008 02:56 PM

                                Anyone mention Luka's in Oakland? Good biscuits and gravy at brunch and also fried chicken with biscuits and gravy. Plenty of everything in a white sausage gravy.

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                                  tomotsu RE: dave_c Feb 21, 2008 08:07 PM

                                  Since you said you are willing to drive, Southern Kitchen in Los Gatos has the best biscuits and gravy I have ever had. Big, heavy and delicious. Their french toast is similarly huge, rich and fantastic. If you eat there for breakfast, be prepared to be disabled for the rest of the day. But it's worth it.

                                  1. wolfe RE: dave_c Feb 23, 2008 09:16 AM

                                    Old thread but reliable OP.

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                                      jbsirkin RE: dave_c Feb 23, 2008 10:33 AM

                                      It's a little outside bay area, but if you are willing to make the drive or happen to be in Napa, hands down best B&G I've had in Northern CA is at Soscol Cafe. Like a true trustworthy diner, they are only open until 2 pm. As for SF, Toast on Church has good sausage gravy (served with chicken fried steak), but no biscuits!

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