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MSP - Biscuits and gravy report

Monkusarelius | Apr 11, 200809:22 AM

Hello! I’ve been following along forever and am jumping in with my first post--a biscuits-and-gravy report for fellow admirers, especially downtown skyway sleuths.

A couple friends and I had lunch at the Checkered Apron Café in the Lumber Exchange building at 10 South 5th Street, Minneapolis. They are fans of the pot roast melt, but when I saw the biscuits and gravy on the menu, I knew I had to try it. I consider finding even decent biscuits and gravy a win.

Starting with the foundation: the biscuits were quite soft, very close-grained, like a muffin compared to a slice of baguette. Definitely rolled out, pale underneath and flat tops rather than the uneven hilly-top variety. They were cleanly split with a knife, not craggy and pulled-apart.

The gravy was a silky white milk gravy, which had nice fat-grind pepper in it. There were irregular chunks of pinkish sautéed roll sausage, not the square, cut-up chunk sausage that you sometimes find. The sausage is in bigger pieces, rather than tiny bits scattered all throughout the gravy (which is an important distinction since I like to push the sausage to the side and go for pure biscuit and just-gravy bliss. I know. Heresy.)

All in all, a solid biscuits and gravy execution. More on the refined side of the scale than the rustic side (think Bryant Lake Bowl biscuits and gravy.) I think it was $6, garnished with a slice of cantaloupe and a twist of orange. You can order a $1.50 side of pretty good, thicker-cut wheat (or white) toast, and I imagine you could even sling a side order of an egg on top if that’s your biscuits and gravy heaven.

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