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Feb 8, 2008 07:19 AM

Biscuits and Gravy Recs?

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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  1. 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. DeClancy's Welcome Table in Oakland might.

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

      1. 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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        1. re: sylphi

          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.

        2. 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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          1. re: kresge86

            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. 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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            1. re: Xiao Yang

              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..)


              1. re: ChowFun_derek

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

                1. re: kresge86

                  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.