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John O'Groats: This Morning

Servorg Jul 12, 2008 08:03 AM

As part of the biscuit thread I recently drove down to the Gaffey St. Diner in San Pedro and had their biscuits and gravy breakfast. This morning I gave J.O's a try. I had the Huevos O'Groats (eggs with cheese and sour cream and grilled onions on top of a flat disc of their biscuit batter cooked something like a thicker flour tortilla for the base) along with fried potatoes. I also asked for a side of biscuits.

The biscuits came right out and were the classical, flaky biscuits that fall apart as you try and butter them. They were very good. Fresh, hot and I would have them again any day of the week.

The major part of the breakfast was a pretty big miss. I was the first person at the counter and my food came out pretty quickly. The eggs were fine, but the potatoes were barely warm. Even the eggs were a bit on the lukewarm side, which is hard to fathom seeing as how they should have come out of the kitchen piping hot. And the biscuit disc at the bottom was very much like a stale tortilla that was then cooked to a consistency of a leather shoe. This idea is a very misconceived one to say the least.

The service was, for want of a better word, lackluster. Very slow to refill coffee, no offer of hot sauce to go with my Huevos O'Groat and potatoes (until I finally asked for it). Coffee finally refilled after my waitress walked by a couple of times and then peered in and saw my first cup was completely gone (and I still had to ask her for some more creamer). This was during a time when there was a very small number of diners spread between the counter and the tables, and with plenty of help milling about. Finally the check came and it was $19 and change, so with tip I was out of there for $22.

While their coffee is excellent and the biscuits are top notch the total experience was a very poor cost benefit trade off by my standards. I would give it a C overall with the service being a C- and the food a C+ (only because of the biscuits and coffee).

They also were a few minutes late to open their doors.

Pico Blvd. on the south side of the street just a door or two west of Patricia (and the Rancho Park Golf course) in West LA.

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    EliAnnKat RE: Servorg Jul 12, 2008 01:33 PM

    I have to agree with you. Every time I have been there I have been, shall we say, underwhelmed. It's a total hassle on a weekend. Even on a weekday when the crowds are not there, it's just not all it's cracked up to be.

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      Servorg RE: EliAnnKat Jul 12, 2008 02:36 PM

      My first instinct, which I probably should have listened to, was to have either their pumpkin spice or lemon pancakes. I may well go back and give one of them a try, just to see what I missed. If you have tried either one of those dishes, EliAnn I would love to hear what you thought of them. Thanks for your reply.

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        EliAnnKat RE: Servorg Jul 12, 2008 02:48 PM

        I have had them both (my in-laws live very nearby) and they're good but they're not unbelievably good. They're not good enough to erase all of the things that are only OK or the hassle of waiting, do you know what I mean?

    2. cant talk...eating RE: Servorg Jul 12, 2008 04:50 PM

      Most over-rated restaurant in L.A. Their lemon pancakes ain't memorable, don't worry.
      Doesn't their sign sort of say it all? "Nothing but the best for the best".

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