Butchertown Hall Biscuits and Brisket Gravy

Are you in Nashville for the weekend, or the week, or the foreseeable future?  Are you looking for brunch, preferably one that involves biscuits and a little creativity? Well, I have a suggestion for you. 

  
Butchertown Hall is a relatively new place in the constantly evolving area just north of downtown called Germantown. As you might gather from its name, it is rather meat-focused. They offer a wide variety of roasted and smoked meats, and house-made sausage, all of which is delicious – everything I’ve tried so far anyway. They are in a gorgeously designed space – open and light, modern and historic and industrial all wrapped up together. 

Today I’m here to talk about one thing in particular. Biscuits and gravy. Brisket gravy. Whoever heard of such a thing? I like to think I’ve become fairly knowledgeable about biscuits and gravy in recent years, but they have always been of the sausage variety. This was different. 

  
First, let’s talk about the biscuits. This dish is served with three medium-sized, flaky, buttermilk biscuits. They have a nice, slightly salty, top crust to them. They are split and covered with gravy, then topped again, making for a very nice presentation and excellent gravy-to-biscuit ratio. 

  
And then there is the gravy. Creamy, smoky, not too salty, with brisket mixed in. The whole thing is topped with even more brisket. The brisket was tender and flavorful and the entire dish worked together perfectly. 

  
One of these days I will have to devote a post to all the things I’ve learned about biscuits and gravy in recent years. Meanwhile, I advise you to head over to Butchertown Hall, grab a seat at the bar, and order you some. You won’t regret it. 

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New Find – Lay’s Biscuits and Gravy Potato Chips 

  

This is kind of an unusual review, I have to admit. Lay’s has this flavor contest. I think they did it last year but I don’t recall the flavors. Imagine my surprise this year when I saw that they have a Biscuits and Gravy flavor! You know you want to try them. 

  
This morning we were looking for something “light” for breakfast. Ordinarily I would not consider potato chips, but these have “biscuit” in the name so I made an exception. 

  
They looked, as one might expect, like potato chips, with flavor dusted lightly over them and what appears to be a bit of pepper. They tasted, if not exactly like biscuits and/or gravy, really good! If I didn’t know what they were going for, I don’t think I would have guessed. Regardless, there was a bit of buttermilk tang to it, pepper, and some other spice that did remind me of sausage.   

 

Overall, I think they did a really good job with this flavor combo. There are three others: Reuben, Gyro, and  Truffle. You can vote on your favorite, starting tomorrow. I doubt I’ll try the other flavors, but I just might vote. The  story from the submission is kind of cute, the chips were good, and, well, biscuits!

Josephine’s – Biscuits on my Mind

It has been a while since I posted, but that does not mean I am not testing out biscuits. Check this one out. I met a gaggle of girlfriends for brunch at Josephine’s a couple of weeks ago. I did not choose the location and had no expectations that I would find biscuits. But I did!

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Josephine’s is a relatively new restaurant, nestled in the middle of the 12 South neighborhood. This was my first time there. The interior was warm and elegant, and even bright for a rainy Sunday morning in February. The company was, of course, excellent. It has been a busy winter and I had not seen many of the attendees for weeks, if not months. I missed my friends!

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This was listed as a starter on their menu – one biscuit with gravy. Isn’t the presentation wonderful? I decided that would be plenty for my meal and it was. I realized recently that I am becoming a connoisseur of sausage gravy, so my expectations were high. This version did not disappoint. The sausage was clearly homemade and liberally distributed throughout the gravy. It was smoky and spicy – right up there with the best of the best. The biscuit itself was perfect – big, fluffy, and buttery. It was also sturdy enough to carry the gravy, a little-known requirement. Every bite was the perfect proportion of gravy to biscuit. I nearly licked the plate, truth be told.

So, if you are in Nashville and looking for biscuits and gravy, Josephine’s is well worth the stop. Even if you are not looking for biscuits, it is still worth the stop. Everything that our table ordered was admired, savored, discussed, and eventually devoured.

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