I had breakfast again at the Silver Skillet with colleagues Bernhard Rinner and Sudha Yalamanchili. My meal consisted of biscuits and gravy plus lemon icebox pie. This may seem like an odd combination to some people---actually, it probably seems odd to most people. But I like biscuits and gravy and I like their icebox pie. Why not have them together?
Biscuits and gravy is emerging as a key test of one's tolerance for Southern cuisine. Many people consider gravy to be disgusting physically and a heart attack waiting to happen. Sauce is one thing, but many people who love sauce can't extend their sympathies to gravy. I think one reason for this reaction is the thickness of the gravy, which makes it far too easy to visualize clogging up one's arteries like something out of a Roto-Rooter commercial. When you throw in the sheer quantity of gravy that Southern cuisine demands and those without experience in the region simply recoil. All I can say is they don't know what they're missing.