Squash Blossom vs. Joe's Diner: Biscuits and Gravy Beatdown

Amy Edelen
Homemade biscuits and gravy at Squash Blossom

Biscuits and gravy, a simple, yet popular breakfast dish, can be made with many variations of sausage gravy--pork, turkey or even chorizo here in the Valley. Smother two homemade buttermilk biscuits with gravy and it's the ultimate comfort food for chilly winter mornings. We took a look at two restaurants, Joe's Diner and Squash Blossom, both of which prepare their homemade gravy and put their own twist on the traditional recipe.

See also: Liberty's Biscuits: Bringing Comfort Food to the Streets

In This Corner: Squash Blossom

Amy Edelen
Dining area at Squash Blossom

The Setup: Squash Blossom is located a block and a half north of ASU's Downtown Campus. Brian and Carrie Lester originally started Squash Blossom as a catering company, but have since expanded to primarily a brunch style restaurant in the summer of 2012. Breakfast hours are from 6 a.m. to 11 a.m. daily, and the menu features several homemade options such as pumpkin pie pancakes, french toast, eggs, and homemade biscuits and gravy. All breakfast items are priced under $7.
The restaurant is split into two dining areas--one dining room with a bar and another open and inviting room near the patio with large windows and photographs on the wall.

The Good: The buttery and flaky biscuits were served open-faced with two savory house-made turkey sausage patties, which had a dash of spice to them. The gravy was piping hot. The biscuits and gravy plate was filling and only $6.

The Bad: No complaints about the biscuits and gravy; however, the restaurant has two separate entrances--one adjacent to the restaurant's parking lot off of Second Street and McKinley and the other entryway is located on First Street between The Turf Restaurant and Pub and Pomo Pizzeria. The two entryways can be a little confusing if you haven't visited the restaurant before.

Location Info

Squash Blossom - CLOSED

705 N. 1st St., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Joe's Diner

4515 N. 7th Avenue, Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

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