Show me a man who doesn’t love gravy and I’ll show you a man I wish I’d never met. Imagine the sort of masochistic soul who looks at gravy — thick, wonderful, life-giving gravy — and says, “No thanks.” I know a little about toxic personalities (I am one) and let me tell you, a gravy-hater isn’t someone you need in your life.
Years ago, when I first heard of Good Gravy! Diner, it was in relation to what seemed like an impossible boast. Most restaurants have, at most, one gravy. A select few might have two or three. But Good Gravy! purports to have 43.
How? Well, it’s a bit of a cheat, but here’s what they do: they have a base gravy mix and, depending on which number of the 43 you choose, they add in ingredients, warm them up and serve it to you.
Would I prefer a bacon gravy made with bacon fat or a hamburger gravy made with beef fat? Yes. But that’s kind of untenable for a small diner in northwest Oklahoma City if they’re serving 43 varieties. And, preferences aside, the gravies are all delicious. Maybe it doesn’t have the same depth of flavor if you’re not mixing flour into different kinds of fat, but it’s still better than a lot of the gravies I’ve had.
(Seriously, there are diners that use the powdered crap that comes in a packet. Anybody making real gravy is doing the lord’s work, much less 43 versions of real gravy. These people are basically saints.)
Beyond the massive selection of gravies, Good Gravy! Diner is pretty standard, and I mean that in a good way. When it’s slow, seat yourself. When it’s busy, they’ll find a table for you. It’s rustic and a little kitschy and the servers are likely to call you “hon” and talk with you a bit while they pour your coffee. It’s a diner. There’s a reason people love diners.
Just so we’re clear, you’re getting biscuits and gravy. One way or another, you’re not leaving this place without biscuits and gravy, so get it through your thick, gravy-filled skull and just deal with it.
There are options on how you’d like your biscuits and gravy to come, of course.
You can go minimalist, with a biscuit and gravy ($2.99) or two biscuits and gravy ($4.99) or get a more well-rounded breakfast (that will make you, well, round) like The Good Gravy ($9.99) which has two biscuits with gravy, a choice of bacon, ham or sausage, two eggs and some hash browns.
But if you’re going that far, just get Breakfast At Large ($10.99), which has everything from The Good Gravy, but you get a slice of ham, a sausage patty and two pieces of bacon. It’s $1 more and, c’mon, if you’re doing this, let’s do it all the way.
If you’re in the mood for more gravy and the same amount of biscuits, the Chicken Fried Steak & Eggs ($10.99) is a solid choice, because you get eggs, a biscuit and gravy, hash browns and a pretty tasty chicken-fried steak covered in gravy, as well. It’s a lot, but you’re worth it.
Though it doesn’t come with biscuits and gravy, there’s no law against ordering the Super Breakfast Burrito ($8.99) AND a side of biscuits and gravy, unless you count the laws of physics. I’m a dude that can eat, but the Super Breakfast Burrito is like a joke. It’s massive. I know it didn’t, but it feels like it came out on two plates. It’s a flour tortilla rolled around a solid cylindrical tube of scrambled eggs, hash browns, cheese, onions and your choice of ham, bacon or sausage.
Is there also an option to have all three meats for $1 more? You know there is and you know I ordered it. And you should also know that I didn’t even come close to finishing it. Fired from a musket, this burrito could punch a hole through your chest. I was lucky it let me nibble on it, like a remora attached to a shark. Seriously, that burrito could have just as easily eaten me.
The pancakes at Good Gravy! are good, but they seem to be in direct competition with the biscuits, so I don’t get them very often. But when I did, they were fluffy and delightful. A full stack of three is $4.99, which leaves you plenty of money to also get the legally mandated biscuit and gravy you’ve already agreed to purchase.
(P.S. they also serve lunch at Good Gravy! but I didn’t order a burger because I’m compelled to always order breakfast there. Apologies.)
Which gravies should you get? Oh, I’m so glad you asked!
Nos. 1 and 2 are a no-go. I love brown gravy and cream gravy, but don’t be basic.
Sausage, bacon, chorizo, ham and hamburger are all fine choices, but let yourself go wild. Why not jalapeno/hamburger (No. 13) or mushroom/bacon (No. 22) or even a hamburger/onion/jalapeno/bell pepper gravy (No. 40)?
Adding onion gives it a touch of sweetness and a little extra body. Bell pepper adds more crunch than flavor. Jalapeno definitely has some heat, so order with caution. Mushroom gives it some earthiness and a chewier texture.
But if you’re smart, you’ll go early (to get a table) on a weekend (to order the special Saturday and Sunday-only gravies) and get the chocolate gravy.
Yes. Chocolate gravy is a thing. And it should be much better known than it is. Eating a buttery, fluffy biscuit covered in chocolate gravy is the perfect melding of breakfast and dessert, even moreso than pancakes or waffles. I was hesitant the first time I saw it, but one taste and I was a believer. More than a believer: a zealot. Will I kill in the name of Chocolate Gravy? Probably. But let’s hope that day never comes.
Good Gravy! Diner puts everything you need to know in the name. It’s good. They serve gravy. It’s a diner. Why aren’t you setting an alarm to wake up and go eat breakfast there tomorrow already? Hop to it, hon.