Biscuits and Sausage Gravy Battle: Harlow's vs. Over Easy

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Jonathan McNamara
The outside is floury to the touch but radiating heat -- a clue to the fluffy, golden inside. Cut one open, held in your palm like a shucking oyster, and slather in the butter in those precious seconds before the warmth fades away. Of course, by then, the goodness will have long disappeared into your mouth with a one-way ticket to your ever-so-grateful stomach.

Yup, it's hard to improve the simple biscuit. If you aim to try, you may as well bring out the big guns. That's right: sausage gravy.

Often considered a southern specialty, the humble biscuit is elevated into down-home comfort food by the application of creamy gravy glistening with molten sausage fat. The dish is painfully simple to make and yet seemingly just as easy to screw up. Lumpy gravy, stale biscuits, and lack of flavor are the tell-tale signs of a bum biscuit.

How does one do biscuits and sausage gravy right? We took our tongues to two Valley breakfast joints (Harlow's in Tempe and Over Easy in Arcadia) to find out.

Who came out on top of this biscuit battle? Read on to find out.

In One Corner: Over Easy
4730 E. Indian School Road
Phoenix, AZ 85018

The Set-Up: Over Easy isn't the place to go for textbook biscuits and sausage gravy. Their Southwest take on the dish includes spicy jalapenos and cheddar baked right into the biscuit. As for the gravy, it's poured on thick over the biscuit and (get this) an actual piece of a sausage link.

Pros: Sausage overload. The gravy tastes like biting into a fresh sausage. The only thing missing is the snap. Luckily, the piece of sausage standing between the gravy and the biscuit takes care of that.

Cons: My doctor doesn't recommend eating this with any sort of regularity.


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Mrs. Biscuit
Mrs. Biscuit

Having tried both place's biscuit's I was relieved to share your opinions! Harlow's biscuits warranted a refund. Over Easy has become our go-to special occasion breakfast joint. Everything they make has incredible flavor, ingredients I'm not ashamed of and the friendliest staff! =)

Sam
Sam

Jesus Christ, both of these places offer b&g whose quality *barely* surpasses that of Denny's. Try Libert Market. Then re-write this article an include some real, quality food.

davelog
davelog

I'm partial to the b&g at the Old Brass Rail on 38th st and Thomas. Give 'em a shot sometime.

TheCosmicJester
TheCosmicJester

Hit Joe's Diner on 16th Street and Campbell. They do their biscuits with chorizo gravy.

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Kevin Maxwell
Kevin Maxwell

I have had B&G at both places and I would wholeheartedly concur with your findings.  Well done. 

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