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Jul 1, 2008 11:23 AM

Biscuits, Biscuits, La la la!

Since I am doing my once yearly July Pancake Hootenanny at The Griddle this year, I will be missing out on biscuits. Normally, I go to John O' Groats and get my fill of both. The Griddle selfishly does no make biscuits. This is an injustice, but one I must be resigned to.

I have had O Groats biscuits, and I like them. They remind me of the ones I found easily in Georgia as a child.

Where else can I get them, maybe even (gasp) for dinner? I've heard Pann's are good, as are Honey Kettle's. The Pines cafe was famed, but I think they are gone. I've heard Gaffey St Diner is good, if not traditional. Gravy is good, but a good plain biscuit (or 5) with honey and butter is a fine thing, too. Maybe with some other yummy items.

A basket of Biscuits butter makes things better.
Diana would eat them all if you let her!
Breakfast biscuits are very fine,
bountiful biscuits for dinner are divine!
Big, bouncy, bathed in butter,
Drenched in gravy- my heart's aflutter!
Flaky, tender, my oh my,
I gotta have my biscuits in July!

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  1. My favorite biscuits in LA are at O'Groats, Pann's and Clementine, with Pann's probably being my favorite. You could get them at dinner at Pann's, so that might be your best bet.

    1. An entire post about biscuits with no mention of country ham? I think that violates some law or other. ;-)

      I'm eager to see the results of your inquiry. Most biscuits that I've found in Southern California outside my own kitchen look like bread inside if you bring along pliers to pull them apart. They taste like bread, too, which is understandable when you know that White Lily doesn't ship its low-gluten flour out here no more. Durn!

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      1. re: sbritchky

        You can get them with country ham at Clementine!

        1. re: mollyomormon

          but I don't LIKE country ham!

          Is there a website?

          1. re: Diana

            Well, it's certainly not a requirement that you get them with ham at Clementine (that's why I said you *can* in response to sbritchky's comment).


            p.s. who doesn't like country ham??? do you dislike puppies and babies? ;)

            1. re: mollyomormon

              oooh, long live freedom of choice! :)

              1. re: Diana

                Not biscuit related, but the summer succotash and the beluga lentil/beet/goat cheese salads currently on the menu at Clementime are really wonderful.

            2. re: mollyomormon

              I see that on their Web site (, together with gravlax and jidori chicken -- I guess this is really the new South. I've avoided Clementine because of the parking difficulties, but maybe I'll try curbside pickup -- thanks!

            3. re: sbritchky

              Place that is known for ham in L.A. is Nick's, up on North Spring just N/E of Chinatown. Good diner, U-shaped counter and some tables against the walls, lots of cops, gravel parking area. Have no idea about their biscuits, but their ham crisped up on the grill is the real thing.

              1. re: nosh

                Is this the place:

                You're talking about true country ham? Thin-sliced, rather tough, salty, bitter, delicious? I've had what some small cafes around Southern California called "country ham" but which was merely sweet ham over which some fry-cook had whispered "goober" before sending it out.

                Johnny Rebs' has decent (if anemic-looking) biscuits, but I hesitate to recommend them for breakfast, because their country ham is too porkysloppicus for even this ham fiend.

                1. re: nosh

                  Tried Nick's ham recently and it was way too salty and I have a very high tolerance for salt.

                  1. re: nosh

                    I do not think Nick's does biscuits. Great ham & salsa!

                    1. re: nosh

                      umm, gang, I don't like ham..I want biscuits! Can ham be another thread? I mean, ham is perfectly wonderful for those who like it, but I really am looking for biscuit recs!

                      1. re: Diana

                        I think you should probably skip Nick's, then.

                  2. I just spotted some rather hockey-puck-looking ones at Park Pantry in Long Beach - the woman in front of me was having the breakfast I woulda gotten IF I weren't trying to ease off some more weight... Of course I don't know how they are, really, but I intend to find out eventually. Anybody had any experience with those?

                    Pann's biscuits are very good. When I first started going there six or seven years ago they stopped making them midmorning, and they'd run out by lunchtime. I guess they got enough requests to convince them to keep that oven going...

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                    1. re: Will Owen

                      I hope my post didn't imply I know they're available at dinner time at Pann's. I was more saying that of those three places, Pann's is the only one open for dinner and I was just sort of assuming biscuits were avaliable at night since most of their menu seems to be available then. Definitely call before you go to make sure they have them!

                    2. Diana, as a girl who grew up in West Virginia and got a MA at Georgia, I will say that Honey's Kettle makes some damn fine biscuits. I don't remember being terribly impressed or overly disappointed in Clementine's. I can't vouche for the others.

                      If you are ever in (or near) Huntington, WV, boy do I have a rec for you:

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                      1. re: jjsawrey

                        That is just cruel and darn right mean to show us such lucious goodies so far away!!!!!!!!!!

                        1. Don't shoot me... not suggesting you go here for dinner, but perhaps take-out on the way back from Griddle ;) Okay, seriously, Cheesecake Factory serves an interesting biscuit with their biscuits and gravy... you can order them as a side...

                          vouch also for honey kettle, s&w diner, sittons in noho, SimonLA

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                          1. re: Emme

                            Liked the Honey's Kettle biscuits very much last time I had fried chicken there. (Note: There have been 2 for 1 coupons for their 2-piece basket in the middle of the entertainment magazine section of the Thursday L.A. Times for several weeks now.) Must advise, though, that despite my oft-repeated high regard for S & W (perhaps the best hashbrowns in town ordered well done, good pancakes, fine homemade corned beef hash) their biscuits are strange to say the least. Very caky, light airy, cut in squares from a loaf. Not the usual disc crumbly crispy outside, textured inside at all. Almost like an ultralight cornbread square cut from a loaf made without cornmeal or any corn flavor.

                            1. re: Emme

                              Now, I never thought of Sitton's. Thatt's an idea. Is it still open 24 hours? Are they tender/flaky?

                              Maybe I should just kidnap Alton Brown or Paula Deen.

                              1. re: Diana

                                yesh ma'am.

                                of course, grabbing alton or paula would likely make for a more celebratory day :)