Biscuits and gravy are in a very healthy relationship.
Biscuits can hang out with eggs and sausage and cheese. They can kick it with clotted cream and strawberry jam.
Gravy has a strong, personal connection to turkey and roast beef. Its friendship with chicken-fried steak stands the test of time. Mashed potatoes was the best man at gravy’s wedding.
They can exist apart from one another, but they are best together. Biscuits and gravy are the perfect couple. We should all aspire to the kind of happiness and joy they bring to each other and the world around them.
Which isn’t to say that all biscuits and gravy are made equal. Some are...uh...bad. We don’t want you falling into their trap, which is why I Ate Oklahoma is proud to present:
The Never-Quite-Finished Guide to Oklahoma City’s Best Biscuits and Gravy
The following are some of our favorite biscuits and gravies in the metro area. If your favorites aren’t on the list, let us know. No guarantees, but maybe we just haven’t tried them yet.
And check back often, as this list will be updated frequently until all ~100 restaurants on my list are covered.
Do you work at a restaurant that only does biscuits and gravy on the weekends? Let me know when I can come give them a try.
Aurora Breakfast, Bar & Backyard
1704 NW 16th St., OKC
Dish: knife and fork biscuit ($11.50)
Taking a cue from the server, I opted for the knife and fork biscuit over the regular biscuit and gravy. It was good, but I think the plain old biscuit and gravy would have been more up my alley. The knife and fork biscuit is built on Aurora’s ridiculously delicious thyme biscuits, which are buttery and herbaceous as all get out. In between the biscuit halves are yellow cheddar, maple sausage and scrambled eggs with pepper gravy poured all over the top.
I ate half of the biscuit with just the gravy and found it to be lovely. The gravy is thinner, but the pepper is evenly distributed throughout. It’s really a showcase for the thyme biscuit, which is very nearly the platonic ideal of biscuits.
The knife and fork version paired a couple of flavors that I didn’t think quite gibed. The maple sausage is sweet and contrasted with the egg. The cheese got lost in the mix. Not a bad dish, but I think there are better choices on the menu.
605 NW 28th St., OKC
Dish: biscuits and sausage gravy ($5)
Strong biscuit game, as one would assume from a place called Buttermilk. The outside is crisp. The inside is buttery and layered. Not Grands biscuits, so adjust your expectations upward. The sausage gravy is creamy with a hint of flour-y flavor and a fair number of sausage bits. It’s a very good, very straightforward biscuit and gravy. For more heat, check out the hot sauces cloistered under the soda machine.
511 S. Broadway, Edmond
Dish: biscuits and gravy (2 for $3.19)
Biscuits were fluffy, but sadly not made at the restaurant. No sausage in the gravy, but it tasted rich and creamy and the texture was silky smooth with flecks of pepper. I wouldn’t have minded a little more spice.
213 E. Main St., Norman
Dish: biscuits and gravy ($2.39)
Squeeeeeeze yourself into a booth at The Diner, one of Norman’s most popular breakfast and lunch spots. It was a little daunting for a man of my heft, because this is basically a hallway masquerading as a restaurant. The biscuits and gravy are a side item well worth ordering on their own (but, wow, the rest of the menu is solid, too — full review to come). Light as air biscuits have a buttery, doughy taste and soft, pliant texture. The smoother, meatless cream gravy is straightforward — good, if in need of some spice. Thankfully, there’s an entire row of hot sauces waiting to dress your meal.
737 W. Danforth Road, Edmond
Dish: focaccia biscuit and gravy with eggs breakfast ($9.99)
If you want to forgo the eggs, bacon and side, you can get just the biscuit and gravy for $3.99. And that really is the centerpiece of this meal. The focaccia biscuit is herby and chewy and wonderful. I was blown away by how much I loved it. Though I am an ardent admirer of fluffy, buttery biscuits, this focaccia version had so much more texture and flavor I couldn’t help but be won over with the Italian-accented bread. And the gravy was glorious: a browner shade than most sausage gravies, but deeply flavorful and with tons of tiny bits of sausage. I liked all the other parts of the breakfast, but I’d go back just for the biscuit and gravy. Yowza.
1437 NE 23rd St., OKC
Dish: biscuits and gravy with potatoes ($5.50)
There’s sausage in the gravy, but it’s not fully incorporated into the gravy. You get some nice chunks of crispy breakfast sausage and a very creamy white gravy over a pair of tender biscuits. A nice tight crumb on the biscuits that’s great for soaking up gravy. I added some salt and pepper, but you might want to grab the hot sauce to spice it up a little more. The gravy extends over to the pile of buttery potatoes, diced small and gently seasoned. You’ll definitely leave full, but get an extra side of bacon anyway.
Good Gravy! Diner
8014 N. Western Ave., OKC
Dish: biscuits and gravy (2 for $4.99)
As you might expect from a place with gravy in its name, Good Gravy! Diner definitely counts its biscuits and gravy among the best in the city. While plenty of places have one or maybe three kinds of gravy on the menu, Good Gravy! has ::checks notes:: 47 varieties. The biscuits are truly wonderful, even sans gravy. These are exceedingly light and fluffy and they feel like they’ll melt on your tongue without much of a fight. For the gravy, the classic sausage is a good bet, but I spiced it up with sausage and jalapeno blend that lit me right up. The flavor is great and the burst of heat wakes you up better than coffee. Easily one of the best in the metro.
Grill on the Hill
324 SW 25th St., OKC
Dish: large biscuits and gravy ($5.99)
It’s not as many options as Good Gravy, but Grill on the Hill lets diners choose from cream, sausage or chorizo gravy. Since they make the chorizo in house and I like a little spice in my life, I opted for the latter. The biscuits were a bit tough on the outside, which would be a problem if there wasn’t a torrential downpour of gravy in the forecast. Seriously, that’s a lot of gravy. And tons of chorizo, too, so you’re definitely getting your money’s worth. The gravy indeed had a pop and sizzle of heat, but nothing a cool glass of water can’t extinguish.
HunnyBunny Biscuit Co.
429 NW 23rd St.
Dish: biscuit and sausage gravy ($5)
Well, they definitely named this place right. The biscuit had a hint of sweetness and a lot of body. This was a more crumbly biscuit than fluffy, but it was pretty big. It’s served in a bowl of gravy that was heavy laden with chunks of sausage. The gravy itself was extremely creamy and had just a touch of spice. I might go at it with a pepper grinder next go around, but overall I was pretty happy. Also available in mushroom gravy, if that’s the kind of person you are.
Jimmy’s Round-Up Cafe
1301 SW 59th St., OKC
Dish: large biscuits and gravy ($3.99)
Guys...these biscuits are a magic trick. The outside is crispy and crunchy, which gives them the kind of structure necessary to douse them in gravy and still be able to fork them into my mouth. The interior is so fluffy and soft and buttery it’s like being in a southern-fried cloud. There’s no sausage in the gravy, but it isn’t missing it. The gravy is creamy and perfectly seasoned. Peppery, salty and so smooth your dad is okay with the gravy staying the night in your room. Oh, and get an apricot fried pie on your way out.
Kitchen No. 324
324 N. Robinson Ave., OKC
Dish: scratch biscuit with chorizo gravy ($7)
Kitchen likes to do things their own way, so don’t expect the same old biscuits and gravy here. Rather than the fluffy cut biscuits many places use, Kitchen makes a drop biscuit that has a more crumbly texture and lots of crunchy crust. The gravy is made with chorizo fat, giving it a darker color and spicier flavor. Inside the biscuit you’ll find a chorizo patty, which bumps up the heat and adds another filling element. Kitchen’s chorizo is surprisingly mild, so don’t worry too much about getting burned.
McClintock Saloon & Chop House
2227 Exchange Ave.
Dish: biscuits and gravy ($6)
Full brunch review is on the way, but in the meantime, the biscuits and gravy are awfully big for the $6 price tag. The biscuits have a nice golden crust with an ultra-fluffy interior. I’d like to see how they are hot with a smear of butter. The gravy is well-seasoned, with a nice peppery bite, and comes studded with chopped bacon. My only complaint is I wish they were a bit hotter when they came to the table. Otherwise delightful and big enough you might be taking some home.
1749 NW 16th St., OKC
Dish: The Old Faithful ($8)
Chef Shelby Sieg has the palate of a chef and the precision of a baker, so it was little wonder that I absolutely devoured The Old Faithful — a pair of fresh biscuits, a bowl of herbaceous gravy and a pair of exquisitely bronzed sausage links. The biscuits were buttery, savory and crumbly, eager to soak up all that seasoned gravy. The best trick is that, by using some of the spices generally associated with breakfast sausage, she eliminates the need for meat in the gravy itself. But if you want to slice up a banger and mix it back in, you’re welcome to do so. All together top flight.
The Red Cup
3122 N. Classen Blvd. OKC
Dish: biscuits and gravy ($8.25)
Previous attempts at biscuits and gravy at The Red Cup led to my friends coining the phrase, “Sweet gravy!” I’m happy to report the newest iteration is more traditional while still being completely vegan. The biscuits are gluten free. The “eggs” are scrambled tofu. The “sausage” are plant-based crumbles topped with peppers, onions and herb gravy. This is a big improvement and so tasty. Chef Beave has done it again! The plant-based crumbles really do a great job of simulating the crunch and chew of breakfast sausage.
Rocky Mountain Grill
3600 E I- 35 Frontage Road, Edmond
Dish: biscuit and gravy ($3)
While The Scooter is biscuits and gravy on steroids, I’m pretty well satisfied with the simpler charms of the regular biscuit and gravy. There’s a lot a lot a lot of sausage in this gravy. That’s an extremely flavorful gravy soaking into a pile of buttery, fluffy biscuits. You can make it a whole meal by doubling up and adding hash browns for $6.
704 SW 59th St., Oklahoma City
Dish: large biscuits and gravy ($4.99)
Have you ever ordered biscuits and gravy and worried you were going to run out of gravy before you ran out of biscuits? Then you were not at Sherri’s Diner, where the homemade biscuits are enormous and the gravy comes out in a punch bowl. The biscuits are a little doughy, but still have plenty of rise. The gravy is creamy with a few chunks of sausage. I like a little more seasoning in my gravy, so I went nuts with the pepper, but your mileage may vary.
Dish: biscuits and gravy ($8.99)
If $9 for biscuits and gravy sounds like a lot, you haven’t checked out the description of Sunnyside Diner’s version of the dish. Biscuits, of course. Choice of gravy, natch. Cheddar cheese, two eggs, choice of meat, though...that’s not the norm.
I have mixed feelings about mixing eggs with gravy. I’m not sure why exactly, but there you have it. Those worries faded quickly when I dug into this delicious plate. The biscuits and big and fluffy. The sausage gravy is creamy and studded with big chunks of sausage. The eggs (I ordered over-medium, because I’m a gentleman) were cooked perfectly and added heft to the dish. The cheese, another item I’m a little wary of, was an unexpectedly wonderful addition. The sharp cheddar added a tanginess and lift that kept the dish from becoming overly rich. Bacon on the side was crispy-chewy, as I like. This was an excellent plate of biscuits and gravy.