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Best Biscuit and Gravy

Depage Dec 5, 2008 08:33 AM

My Supervisor likes Biscuits and Gravy. Today is his birthday. Where are the best in the LA area? SFV and LA, West Side and Santa Monica and environs is OK.

He kinda has to do it as a dinner thing..maybe.

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    ZoeZ RE: Depage Dec 5, 2008 09:19 AM

    Rae's coffee shop on Pico near 31st street in Santa Monica has great gravy and pretty good biscuits - I don't know if they serve it for dinner

    1. mollyomormon RE: Depage Dec 5, 2008 09:20 AM

      Pann's, which now serves biscuits at dinner!

      1. Will Owen RE: Depage Dec 5, 2008 09:24 AM

        Pann's biscuits are good, not astounding, but their gravy (all of their gravies!) is much better than average. Just don't know how far into the day their biscuits go - someone said recently that they now serve them all day. As for anywhere else, most places that serve chicken-fried steak have the proper gravy, or some form of it, but many don't have biscuits at all.

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          mollyomormon RE: Will Owen Dec 5, 2008 10:34 AM

          Where have you had better biscuits, Will? I'm on a constant hunt for good ones. The best I've had are at Pann's, Clementine and O'Groats, but the latter two aren't available at dinner. Thanks!!

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            Will Owen RE: mollyomormon Dec 5, 2008 01:06 PM

            Pann's are the best I've had in a SoCal restaurant. In Nashville they'd be regarded as mediocre. They're equivalent to the biscuits some greasy spoons get delivered daily, since those places don't have ovens, and if you don't offer biscuits and gravy there you might as well not serve breakfast at all.

            This is not to say that they're not good; any biscuit that is neither tough nor heavy is OK by me, and these are much better than OK. At least they aren't yeast rolls pretending to be biscuits, like the ones I got at Roscoe's.

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              mollyomormon RE: Will Owen Dec 5, 2008 05:48 PM

              Or the very strange, cake-like ones at S&W. Thanks, I suspected they were the best in LA, even if not amazing. And to jaykayen, sadly, Clementine doesn't have gravy. But they do serve them with country ham...

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                Will Owen RE: mollyomormon Dec 5, 2008 06:08 PM

                Oddly enough, I got into a biscuit discussion with J. Gold the other night, after I finally got to meet him; after I'd introduced myself, he led off by saying, "Now, you're the guy who thinks the biscuits at Pann's are so great..." and what ensued was much like what's posted above. Turns out he's a much more serious baker than I am, so I took some of his biscuit tips to heart, like keeping the butter ice-cold instead of letting it melt into the flour. Too bad some of our local chefs weren't eavesdropping...

        2. ipsedixit RE: Depage Dec 5, 2008 12:18 PM

          For biscuits and gravy, aside from Pann's, I also like Nick's (8536 W Pico Blvd
          (310) 652-3567).

          As an aside, I really have a soft spot for the biscuits and gravy at KFC. Blasphemy, I know, but sometimes I'll make a mashed potatoes and gravy sandwich at KFC. Take one biscuit, split in half, fill the biscuit with mashed potatoes and gravy, and voila ... carb overload!

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            carly_mizzou RE: ipsedixit Dec 5, 2008 02:21 PM

            Hmmm.yeah, I LOVE nick's and I frequently get the biscuits and gravy there, but I agree it's all wrong. it tastes like it comes from a mix and then has sausage mixed in.

            on the subject of "wrong" things. I miss Mc Donald's B&G, it was sooooo good. no SoCal McD's serve it.

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            jaykayen RE: Depage Dec 5, 2008 12:25 PM

            I believe the credited response might be Pann's

            Clementine's has good biscuits, but I've never tried the gravy (if it exists) there.

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              FED RE: Depage Dec 5, 2008 01:24 PM

              johnny reb's.

              1. rednyellow RE: Depage Dec 5, 2008 05:02 PM

                I like Flying Leap in Silverlake. Their gravey is darker than most and has a great full sausage flavor.

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                  Will Owen RE: rednyellow Dec 5, 2008 06:13 PM

                  That's one thing not great about the gravy component in Nashville - most of it does taste like the sausage is an afterthought, and they will not brown the flour. I always do when I make it; I need to check out Flying Leap. Thanks for the tip!

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                    MaryT RE: Will Owen Dec 5, 2008 09:15 PM

                    Close friend baker always sez practically freeze the butter a bit, a couple minutes before you work it so it's that cold!

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                  jrhmdtraum RE: Depage Dec 8, 2008 04:32 AM

                  Unfortunately, all of the below replies will not work. Southern Biscuit gravy is not just simple white gravy (aka chicken-fried steak). It is usually made with sausage. My advice would be to make some biscuits (even the canned will work) and then make some gravy. There are lots of recipes on the web -- or you can get Jimmy Dean Southern gravy at the store.

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                    Servorg RE: jrhmdtraum Dec 8, 2008 05:57 AM

                    Gaffey Street Diner in San Pedro does a traditional Southern Biscuit gravy breakfast with the gravy studded with nice pieces of sausage.


                    Gaffey Street Diner
                    247 N Gaffey St, San Pedro, CA 90731

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                      ipsedixit RE: Servorg Dec 8, 2008 07:29 AM

                      So does Millie's in West Covina.

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                        Servorg RE: ipsedixit Dec 8, 2008 07:38 AM

                        Is this the Millie's local chain restaurant?


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                          ipsedixit RE: Servorg Dec 8, 2008 11:45 AM


                          I used to go there regularly many many moons ago. Denver Omelette with a side of biscuits and gravy used to be my"go-to" breakfast oder at Millies.

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                            Servorg RE: ipsedixit Dec 8, 2008 12:02 PM

                            I think the next time I'm feeling a might peckish I'll drop in and chow down on one of their "Meat Lover's" bowls. What's that you might ask?

                            "Country potatoes covered with country gravy and topped with 3 eggs any style with pork sausage, kielbasa sausage, bacon and ham (not one or two of those, but ALL of THOSE) and mixed with onions and red and green bell peppers" - (after all you need some vegetables or this dish might be a tad on the unhealthy side).

                            This bowl is served WITH a buttermilk biscuit & gravy (or toast and jam) or one LARGE wagon wheel pancake.

                            *Endorsed by your local cardiac bypass surgeon who needs to send his children to Ivy League schools.

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                              ipsedixit RE: Servorg Dec 8, 2008 12:12 PM

                              That wasn't on the menu when I used to go there as a regular.

                              Too bad.

                              By the way, on request, they will serve any order of pancakes with their country-style gravy. Now, that's a tuition ticket for your cardiologist's little kiddies!

                  2. Dommy RE: Depage Dec 8, 2008 12:48 PM

                    I just had the best Biscuits and Gravy of my LIFE at the Nickle Diner on Main... The biscuits were the fluffy kind.... so good...


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                      condiment RE: Dommy Dec 9, 2008 02:55 AM

                      You've obviously been leading the wrong kind of life, but they are pretty good.

                      This skews all the way to the other side of things, but the biscuits and gravy at Animal are definitely formidable, even if they do serve them with foie gras.

                    2. rednyellow RE: Depage Dec 8, 2008 04:58 PM

                      It's been a while, but Millies in Silverlake has good B&G also. If I recall, gravy had a nice herbal note, maybe rosemary.

                      1. susans RE: Depage Dec 13, 2008 09:15 PM

                        Not in your area, but my (from Oklahoma) husband likes the B&G at Johnny Rebs.

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