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good pot o grub Apr 11, 2010 05:39 AM

HI,

Does anyone know where to find a good country breakfast in Boston, with Biscuits and Sausage Gravy being a must? Thanks!

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    bear Oct 18, 2012 02:41 PM

    The asiago biscuits and sausage gravy at City Girl Cafe are tasty. Salty and full of animal fat goodness.

    1. enhF94 Oct 18, 2012 11:46 AM

      I hesitated to post because I assume you wanted "the best of the best," but I enjoy the Bis&Gravy at Supreme Kitchen in Somerville. Good salty sausage flavor in the gravy, over inartfully made, but competent, biscuits. (They're not light and fluffy, but they're fine.)

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        latertater Oct 16, 2012 11:04 AM

        M3 in Somerville does offer biscuits at brunch with a choice of gravy or their house-made apple butter. I haven't been but have been wanting to try it. I'm a huge southern food enthusiast - which is very trendy now - as half my family is from there. We're a little particular about biscuits and gravy though. Let us know if you try it out.

        M3, Meat & Three in Davis Square
        http://imwithmeat.com/

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          maillard Oct 16, 2012 12:16 PM

          I think there was a recent post about M3's brunch... not very favorable. That place makes me sad. I was really excited for it, but my one experience there was pretty bad and the reviews of it have not been very good at all. I hope it improves. Or closes so that something better can go in there.

        2. maillard Oct 15, 2012 06:53 PM

          My favorite biscuit and gravy in the Boston area is Area Four. Very tasty stuff. I tried Tupelo's and it was good, but the biscuit I think was a drop biscuit? It just was a little different. Still pretty good (though they served me dry, burnt fried chicken, ew).

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            teezeetoo Oct 15, 2012 08:07 PM

            Allston Diner, not at all bad for breakfast, and does biscuits and gravy, and chicken and waffles.

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              TimTamGirl Oct 16, 2012 10:17 AM

              I'm so surprised to hear that about Tupelo's fried chicken! I've had it a few times now and it's always been perfect. I loved their biscuit and gravy as well; I agree that the biscuit has a slightly different texture than others I've had (though I don't know biscuit varieties well enough to know what makes it that way), but I really enjoyed the meal.

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                maillard Oct 16, 2012 12:13 PM

                That's good to know! Maybe I should give them another chance (the brunch I had was pricey enough and mediocre enough that I wasn't planning to return). I had a piece of fried chicken as part of The Dude (biscuits and gravy with fried chicken and eggs). Maybe the dinner fried chicken is different/better? I will assume it was just an off day for them chicken-wise.

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                  TimTamGirl Oct 16, 2012 12:37 PM

                  I've had it for dinner and as part of brunch and it's been stand-out both times, and for what it's worth, my Southern-transplant girlfriend gives it a her stamp of approval too. :)

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                    maillard Oct 16, 2012 01:00 PM

                    Thanks, I am going to give them another try!

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                Nab Oct 16, 2012 12:31 PM

                A4 is next on the hit-list, as I know you're another hound on the quest.

                Closest to my preferences thus far have been Redd's and Coda.

                Redd's:

                http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/7899...

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                  maillard Oct 16, 2012 01:02 PM

                  Nice, I haven't had either. I will definitely add them to my list.

              3. Nab Oct 15, 2012 06:12 PM

                This was a weird one.

                For a place that operates as a bakery, I'd had some hope for Sugar Baking Company's B&G, but it's apparent they are operating with a different definition of biscuit. This was what would happen if you crossed an English muff w/ a dinner roll, maybe even denser. The gravy is tasty in its own right, perhaps a smidgeon salty, laced with the sap of sausage, which were chunked rather large. Homefries are audibly crispy and showered in seasoning right out the pan. Soft scrambled eggs were a few silken seconds beyond the point of runny. I get the sense the dessert dishes on the brunch menu are the real strength, at least based on my one bite of pumpkin-stuffed pancakes and the number of good-looking stuffed french toasts going around.

                 
                 
                1. yumyum Jun 7, 2010 12:15 PM

                  Had excellent biscuits and gravy at Highland Kitchen's Sunday brunch. White gravy (needed more pepper) and lots of tasty sausage. Got mine topped with two perfectly fried eggs. Very good fluffy biscuits which was a relief because I didn't love the ones I was served with the fried chicken there. More manageable than the over the top platter at Geoffrey's ... I could eat the whole plate, and did!

                  This place is really fun for brunch ... they had a small blue-grassy trio playing music, the bar was hopping with Joe McGuirk twinkling those eyes at the patrons, and lots of industry folks I recognized enjoying eye-openers. The michelada is VERY spicy but the tecate is only $3.50 so you can top up your spice with more beer should you wish.

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                  Highland Kitchen
                  150 Highland Ave, Somerville, MA 02143

                  1. yumyum Apr 19, 2010 08:47 AM

                    It was a double down B&G weekend for me. Tried the biscuits and gravy at Geoffrey's in Roslindale for Sunday brunch. They sure don't skimp on the sausage ... patties between the biscuit halves, and a ton in the gravy -- both crumbled and diced. My friend thought he detected two different types of sausage too, perhaps the turkey sausage advertised as a side made it's way in with the jimmy dean flavored pork?

                    Traditional "white" gravy, but needed a little more black pepper and benefited from the addition of some hot sauce. The biscuits are nice and fluffy and the portion is enough for two to share.

                    Here is a picture, blurry because of the impending heart attack:
                    http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4067/4...

                    1. yumyum Apr 17, 2010 01:17 PM

                      Tupelo has a biscuit and gravy appetizer on the menu. A bowl of spicy sausagey gravy with two small biscuits which have been warmed on the grill. Really decadent way to begin a meal here.

                      http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4028/4...

                      BTW, nearly everything else I tried at Tupelo was good too ... especially my ribs entree. Described on the menu as Glazed St. Louis ribs with bourbon jalapeño BBQ & coleslaw, the meat had a really nice pull from the bone, and the smoke was there. It's listed as an app, but you can double down and get the full meal. I added in a side of greens (this the only disappointment -- I like my greens porkier and saltier) and was happy with the choice. Key lime pie to finish was perfect -- tart and creamy.

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                        tdwill Apr 15, 2010 02:10 PM

                        Whole Foods (Symphony) hot breakfast buffet. Don't know how authentic, but it's yummy.

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                          Joanie Apr 16, 2010 04:02 AM

                          You're saying that tiny Whole Foods by Symphony has space for a breakfast buffet? When is this served?

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                            raleighboy Apr 16, 2010 05:28 AM

                            "tiny Whole Foods" makes space by laying out the store in the most confusing half circle set up I've ever seen. Whenever I'm in that store I constantly feel as if I'm in someone's way.

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                          Vin Ordinaire Apr 13, 2010 11:44 AM

                          The best traditional biscuits and gravy I've had in this city has been at Highland Kitchen in Somerville. I think they are only available on weekend brunch. Sadly, the other items on the brunch menu were not on the same level.

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                          Highland Kitchen
                          150 Highland Ave, Somerville, MA 02143

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                            bobot Apr 14, 2010 04:38 AM

                            When I ordered this, the gravy was red-eye gravy- OK, but not what I grew up with, which is more of a sausage roux. The G in B&G should be white, not red. It was pretty good, but not what I was craving.

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                              maillard Apr 14, 2010 10:01 AM

                              When did you have this? I was at Highland Kitchen for brunch a few weeks ago and had traditional gravy on mine. It was delicious and the eggs were cooked perfectly.

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                              Highland Kitchen
                              150 Highland Ave, Somerville, MA 02143

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                                bobot Apr 17, 2010 02:01 PM

                                This was quite a while ago (back around when they opened/started serving brunch)- sounds like I'll have to try it again!

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                                Vin Ordinaire Apr 14, 2010 12:26 PM

                                The dish I was served came with a sausage milk gravy, definitely white. Don't know the reason for the discrepancy, but a red-eye gravy could be intriguing.

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                                  dbnoho Oct 18, 2012 11:27 AM

                                  I received the traditional style biscuits/gravy at Highland Kitchen 1.5 years ago - delicious. I'd recommend everything on the brunch menu, save the huevos rancheros (just decent in my opinion, but others have enjoyed).

                                  Superb bloody mary, as well.

                            2. voodoocheese Apr 13, 2010 06:55 AM

                              You can also get biscuits and gravy at Trina's Starlight (along with chicken and waffles) and Plough and Stars- both in Cambridge. Actually, I think Trina's is technically Somerville, but, whatever!

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                                jgg13 Apr 13, 2010 07:57 AM

                                Yeah, trina's is "somerville" but does straddle the line :)

                                I haven't had the B&G there but had their biscuits & gravy dog (a dog of the day a while back) which was quite good. The B&G was much closer to what I grew up with than at the places I mentioned above.

                              2. jgg13 Apr 11, 2010 01:58 PM

                                Both Tupelo & Atwoods on Cambridge St in Cambridge have it on their brunch menu. In both cases I think it is pretty good, but not what I grew up with and probably not quite what you're looking for

                                1. Chris VR Apr 11, 2010 07:14 AM

                                  I haven't been to their new location yet but 3 Yolks is where I always went when I wanted to indulge in biscuits and gravy.

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                                  3 Yolks
                                  1103 Western Ave, Lynn, MA 01905

                                  1. BostonZest Apr 11, 2010 06:32 AM

                                    The only biscuit and gravy I've had in Boston was on the brunch menu at Craigie On Main. "Craigie Dimanche Sausages, Buttermilk Biscuit and Gravy with farm fresh egg."

                                    It was fabulous but not a sausage gravy. Each component was separate. And, I did note that I would ask for extra gravy the next time I ordered it.

                                    Photo Here:
                                    http://www.bostonzest.com/2009/07/craigie-on-main-brunch.html

                                    Here's a search result on this board for other options,
                                    http://search.chow.com/search?query=Biscuit+and+gravy&search_board_id=12&search_boardgroup_id=6&sort_mode=newest&type=Topic&from_date=1+year+ago

                                    Penny
                                    http://www.bostonzest.com/

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                                      raleighboy Apr 11, 2010 06:40 AM

                                      Just a heads up to OP before looking at that picture: Don't expect to have your hopes realized by it. As a southern boy, I didn't even process it as biscuits and gravy until I read the caption. Then, I thought to myself, "Huh. Well I guess technically it has a biscuit. And sausage. And some kind of sauce."

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                                        affrank Apr 11, 2010 06:41 AM

                                        I had a reasonably good biscuits and gravy at Deep Ellum:

                                        http://www.deepellum-boston.com/

                                        They also have country fried steak, by the way.

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                                        Deep Ellum Bar
                                        477 Cambridge St, Allston, MA 02134

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                                          BarmyFotheringayPhipps Apr 11, 2010 09:32 AM

                                          As a general rule, I like Deep Ellum, but I wouldn't recommend either the biscuits and gravy or the CFS. Neither is worth going out of your way for.

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                                          Deep Ellum Bar
                                          477 Cambridge St, Allston, MA 02134

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                                            Joanie Apr 11, 2010 03:06 PM

                                            It's good if you like a weird cinnamon flavor lurking in the biscuits or gravy. I've heard Geoffrey's in Roslindale does a good one.

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                                              Nab Apr 11, 2010 06:26 PM

                                              They're pretty good, perhaps as good as I've been able to find up here, which is not saying much, but still worth checking out. A bit overkill with the sausage patties and then the sea of sausage of gravy, but good for those special mornings requiring extra sausage.

                                              Geoffrey's:
                                              http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3515/4062125012_67d226e5ac_b.jpg

                                              Also not long ago had the b&g at Coda, another worthy contender, perhaps as good as Geoffrey's, definitely a little more civilized.

                                              Coda:
                                              http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2727/4...

                                              So far my numerous letters to Bojangles corporation pleading for expansion into the New England market have gone unanswered, but I am hopeful.

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                                                raleighboy Apr 12, 2010 01:01 PM

                                                Don't get me wrong, you were be VERY hard pressed to find a bigger proponent of Bojangles than me in the Boston area, but their biscuits and gravy are perhaps the one thing I find lacking on the menu. They overdo (as you expressed distaste for) with both a sausage patty and the sausage in the gravy. And let's be honest, Bojangle's sausage isn't really a mark of culinary perfection.

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                                                  Nab Apr 12, 2010 01:10 PM

                                                  That was very misleading of me. B&G is most certainly not my MO at Bojangles, nor should it be anybody's. Chicken biscuit is where it's at.

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                                                    raleighboy Apr 12, 2010 01:39 PM

                                                    Of course, of course. Thanks for the clarification.

                                                    Even further off topic: If you order a Boberry without icing, it forces them to serve you a fresh one (as they're all smothered in frosting immediately upon coming out of the oven). Then ask for a cup of frosting on the side. The death glares are worth it.

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