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Aug 17, 2010 04:52 PM

Southern Style Biscuits and Gravy

Sometimes I think I should have been born below the Mason-Dixon line. From my unsuccessful hunt for blue or channel catfish in Montreal, I've turned my sights to southern style biscuits and gravy. Does anyone know if this typically southern breakfast dish is on the menu at any restos here in Montreal?

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  1. If you find any, let me know! This Southern girl misses biscuits like mad! (I make my own, true, but you can't make the gravy unless you go across the border for the right kind of sausage.)

    1. McDonald's (of all places) have actually started to offer them North of the border! I guess they assumed that we stupid Québécois couldn't pronounce it correctly so they spelled it "Biskit"!!! Apart from McDonald's and Griffintown Café, does anyone know of places in Montreal (bakeries, cafés, grocers) that serve/prepare/stock buttermilk biscuits?

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      1. re: certifiedfresh

        Not that i make it a habit of defending McDonalds, but they probably called it biskit because 'biscuit' would be confused for the french meaning which is cookie. And then they'd get some people returning the goods because it wasn't what they expected. It's just them trying to adapt to our bilingual environment.

      2. I've had biscuits at griffintown on notre dame. Also had one at le chien fumant. They have a southern style breakfast option for brunch on the weekend. I thought it was pricey though for what it was. As far as biscuits with gravy though not sure where to get that.

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        1. re: jay_81k

          SourberryLilly, the fact that "we" are bilingual should imply that biscuit can be used! Biskit, is confusing for all of us! More importantly, has anyone tried the "biskit?"

          1. re: eatwell

            I did and I hated it. The problem though was not so much the biskit as the egss that were in there which were cold and the bacon which was ridiculously crispy. To tell the truth the biscuit alone was decent. I don't call myself an biscuit expert by any stretch though.

            1. re: mtlmaven

              Yeah, using a McD's biscuit as a comparison to the real thing (especially the ones made by my grandma) is like comparing them to the ones you can get out of tubes.

              1. re: mtlmaven

                Managed to try the "McBiskit" and have to say the biscuit is pretty good. Mind you, Montreal isn't the Southern US and we don't exactly have a plethora of comparisons to make, but it's big, fluffy and flavorful. The problem with the sandwich itself is the crap they put between the two biscuit halves. I still can't figure out why they use what appears to be bulk liquified egg when they could just as easily use a whole egg, as they do in the Egg McMuffins.

                1. re: Haggisboy

                  I couldn't agree more with Haggisboy. I had the sandwich on their free giveaway. The biskit was ok, kind of too crumbly. But the stuff in between... horrible.

                  The egg did not taste like egg at all when i tried a piece individually. I also don't get why they didn't just use the same fillings as a egg McMuffin and just replaced the bun.

                  1. re: SourberryLily

                    I am so sorry that this is best one can get in a eating establishment, Montrealers (and other Quebeckers). Hopefully, someone out there will one day be passionate about real buttermilk biscuits and present them in a proper restaurant.

                  2. re: Haggisboy

                    You can get the McBiskit without a sandwich, just to be had with jam

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              1. Nouveau Palais has biscuits (no gravy though). They also have mean grits.

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                1. re: alexthecook

                  You know, the more I hear about this place I think they're just putting American food on the menu, and faddish hipsters like the novelty. Well, American food is crap. I'll take poutine over fries in velveeta/cheez whiz anyday, and grits are revolting. Also, the review in last week's Hour mentioned that they dim the lights and crank the music when it gets later, like that's a selling point. Wrong. I got to a resto to chill, especially if I'm at a resto late at night. That's why The Main is late night favourite for most Plateau residents. If I wanted darkness and loudness, I'd go to a BAR.

                  Granted, I haven't been, and it's miles outta my way anyway, so I don't know when I will, but nothing I'm hearing is encouraging me to bother.