It’s no surprise that my attempt at a good diet is commonly disrupted by the first meal of the day. The good (meaning delicious, not healthy) meals include high carb counts, too much sugar and an extraordinary amount of fat (hopefully from a type of breakfast sausage).
Blueberry pancakes are always great. Chorizo can make a breakfast taco the best $3 ever spent. But biscuits and gravy give a feeling that goes beyond comfort food, into that “down-home” cooking that implies a mother dressed in a waist apron, happily delivering a home-cooked, cholesterol-packed meal to the breakfast table.
Only Barbec’s has been able to grant me this breakfast appropriately. There aren’t women replicating a scene from 1957, but the quality of both the biscuit and gravy surpasses any other attempt I’ve had in a restaurant. Numerous other places have biscuits and gravy on their menus, but even other great breakfast joints deliver plates full of dense biscuits and flavorless gravy.
On a Saturday morning, the line to be seated at Barbec’s arranges across from the kitchen, where one to two trays filled with fresh beer biscuits are always sitting. The consistency of this biscuit is delicate, but its buttery taste and texture makes it an indulgence. There’s no question the cooks here take the tray out of the oven just before these biscuits would finally be done.
Jelly and honey sits beside a bottle of ketchup on each table, and a couple of times, I’ve seen people use them. But the gravy (while it does need some pepper each time) is one that makes a small piece of bread into a decadent meal.
The thick gravy looks homemade before you even spoon it over your biscuit. (This is drastically different from many places that serve a stark-white fluid of some kind that they call gravy). The flavor pairs perfectly with the biscuit, though it could easily go on top of anything on your plate.
Beer biscuits and gravy are offered with a number of meals on Barbec’s menu, one that is overwhelmed with breakfast items. Omeletes and platters provide various combinations of meats, peppers and cheese with eggs. The western omelete or platter is a classic, and the ham platter is a simple approach to incorporate all the necessary breakfast food items of eggs, cheese, ham and hash browns (with a side of biscuits and gravy, of course).
Every so often, a perfect, gold Belgian Waffle is carried passed my table, and I tell myself I need to have it, but I can never skip over the chance to get the biscuits and gravy. I guess one day I could go for lunch and try something new. After all, I can get biscuits and gravy with the chicken fried steak.
Location: 8948 Garland Road, Dallas, 75218, 214-321-5597
Hours: Monday through Saturday, 6:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday, 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Service: Friendly, acceptable attentiveness
Ambience: Feels like a local diner
Payment information: Cash and local checks only
Alochol: None served
Seating: Indoor and patio