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Country ham and red eye gravy

ericthered May 8, 2014 07:59 AM

I miss this from my days of living in Virginia. Anybody know of any place that serves this? Cracker barrel doesn't.

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  1. rudeboy RE: ericthered May 8, 2014 08:22 AM

    I did a search using this on google:

    "red eye gravy" austin

    I see the gravy popping up at Hudson's on the Bend and Foreign and Domestic, but not with country ham. Didn't look extensively, though.

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    1. re: rudeboy
      ericthered RE: rudeboy May 8, 2014 08:25 AM

      Thanks Rudeboy. Looks like Monument Cafe up in G'town doesn't either.

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        rudeboy RE: ericthered May 8, 2014 08:36 AM

        I was there at Monument recently, and it isn't on the menu. However,they have several daily specials. You could call and see if they ever offer it. Hoover's is the same. You never know!

    2. sqwertz RE: ericthered May 8, 2014 09:34 AM

      "The Kitchen Sink" at Banger's:


      Beef tongue hash, two fried eggs, two pieces of bacon steak & sausage, side of creamy grits, country ham, red eye gravy & two pieces of toast - $17

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      1. re: sqwertz
        rudeboy RE: sqwertz May 8, 2014 10:19 AM

        Funny, when I read the original query, I was thinking "I bet sqwertz has a clue."

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          sqwertz RE: rudeboy May 8, 2014 11:46 AM

          I cheated. I searched Y*&%! reviews for "red eye gravy". Those reviews may not be good for much else, but they are at least sometimes useful for finding menu items.

          The other solution is to buy the Smithfield center cut country ham slices at Central Market (~$3.50/9oz in the case with the air-chilled chickens and hearts) and make your own red eye gravy :-) They are cut about 1/8" thick, perfect for biscuits and eggs.


          1. re: sqwertz
            rudeboy RE: sqwertz May 8, 2014 11:50 AM

            You bastard. ;-0

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              popvulture RE: rudeboy May 8, 2014 11:57 AM

              I'm gonna buy some of these ham slices and make it myself... now I'm craving it. The good thing is that red eye gravy is about one of the easiest things in the world to make, but damn if I could only be teleported to Loveless Cafe in Nashville right this second...

              1. re: popvulture
                sqwertz RE: popvulture May 11, 2014 12:44 AM

                I get the country ham urge about twice a year and those slices fit the bill. They are moist, salty, and slightly putrid as they should be. Without buying a whole PITA ham.

                But I had red-eye gravy once when I was 12 and I will never do that again. I don't remember where exactly I had it but it came out somewhere in the Carolinas and lasted until the Florida Keys - Cuba if we could have driven further,

            2. re: sqwertz
              ericthered RE: sqwertz May 8, 2014 12:05 PM

              Are those the REAL Smithfield ham slices? If they are I'm going to load up too. I came back from Smithfield with a ham in the bag and it lasted almost six months. Haven't had anything as good since. Used to eat at a place in Norfolk near the airport that served almost a 1/4 inch thick slice of Smithfield ham with red eye gravy. I do miss that.

              1. re: ericthered
                rudeboy RE: ericthered May 8, 2014 12:30 PM

                I smell a potluck in the air!

                1. re: ericthered
                  sqwertz RE: ericthered May 10, 2014 11:06 AM

                  They are real [satly] country ham slices. I know the brand is Smithfield, but I can't guarantee they're actually FROM Smithfield. They also sell the whole hams for $3/lb. The last one I got lasted over a year (I got it for $10 on liquidation).

                  1. re: sqwertz
                    TroyTempest RE: sqwertz May 13, 2014 10:50 AM

                    Did you store it in the fridge? I have thought off and on about getting one, but wasn't exactly sure how to go about storing it.

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