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Biscuit Heaven

I admit it. I’m a biscuit snob. I like biscuits and gravy, but whenever I visit restaurants I order a substitution of sourdough toast for the biscuits. Restaurant biscuits are pretty much uniformly . . . well, just not up to much.

Now, I do give restaurants the benefit of the doubt. The first time I order B&G from a new restaurant, I will take the biscuits. This is just in case there are brilliant biscuits in the general population getting by my taste buds. So, far this screening process has yet to produce golden biscuits worthy of the name.

I grew up eating wonderful biscuits at home, but most Americans never had a taste of biscuits until 1973 when McDonald’s introduced them with their breakfast menu. My wife and I make wonderful biscuits as does my oldest son. Mine are absolutely perfect. My wife prefers her version because they are smaller. She uses a small juice glass to cut out her biscuits, while I like the larger size of a 16 oz. tumbler. Peg’s biscuits also don’t stand as high as mine. Plus she tends to overcook her biscuits . . . in my opinion. Of course, my wife disagrees with me. All these homemade biscuit differences are only slight compared to commercial products.

The weird thing about biscuits, but, is the fact that three quick-food restaurants produce fantastic tasting biscuits. McDonald’s, Kentucky Fried Chicken, and Popeye’s Chicken & Biscuits consistently serve biscuits that are not only worthy of honey, or butter and jam, but also gravy.

My order of preference are: Popeye, McDonald’s and KFC. Popeye’s is a recent addition to my favorite places. I stopped in at the restaurant on Sixth Avenue and ordered chicken and biscuits. The chicken didn’t do anything for me, but the biscuits were warm and greasy. I like the sausage biscuits at McDonald’s and the only thing incorrect with KFC biscuits is the nearly tasteless brown gravy, which should never come closer than a foot or two from their biscuits. At Popeye’s you can order a side of their Cajun gravy, which goes really well with the biscuits.

I would have guessed that the Popeye Biscuits were higher in stout, and they were, but only marginally. The Popeye Biscuits were substantially lower in sodium, but otherwise the three were neck and neck within most nutrition categories.

The KFC Biscuits were 220 calories, while both Popeye and McDonald’s weighed in at 240 calories. Biscuits are not diet food, but of the three only Popeye’s was the best without added butter or jam. With gravy, we have a different tale. What would be best would be for me to make my own sausage and milk gravy. Even terrible biscuits taste better with fantastic gravy on them. Of course, my thought of a perfect breakfast is biscuits and gravy with hashbrowns (cooked crusty and brown with onions), fried eggs, sausage links and patties . . . and bacon. I just can’t eat that every day, but. It has to be a special day.

I reckon for next Father’s Day I will question for sides of gravy and hashbrowns from my two favorite gravy restaurants in Tacoma (Ancient Milwaukee on Sixth Avenue and Knapp’s in the Proctor District) and a bag of biscuits from Popeye’s . . . okay, don’t spare the eggs and pork, either.

Don Doman is a published author, video producer, and corporate trainer. He owns the business training site Thoughts and Training ( ideasandtraining.com ideasandtraining.com), which he says is the home of the no-hassle “free preview” for business training videos. He is also a boardmember for Rotarians for Hearing Regeneration ( hearingregeneration.org hearingregeneration.org) and is dedicated to raising 15 million dollars for hearing research.

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