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GinnyFavers
09-07-2007, 04:49 PM
OK folks, I just don't get what's going on with the "biscuits & gravy" cream sausage gravy at Disney World.

I've had the same awful stuff in three places over the past five years, the most recent being at Whispering Canyon Cafe, last week.

I think it's all coming from the same food service company and being reheated by the individual restaurants.

It tastes like it is made entirely from cremora, and is inedible. It's grey in color, and tastes like garbage. I don't think there's a drop of real milk in it. I bet it's full of transfats, being most likely composed of hydrogenated cottonseed oil in place of MILK.

Good cream sausage gravy is so easy to make, all you do is fry down sausage, drain it, and shake up some milk, flour, salt and cracked black pepper together, then pour it in a pan and stir so it doesn't lump up, and add the sausage in when it's thick. Heck you can even freeze the stuff and it reheats great!

Hey Disney restaurants division! -- Whatever food service place Disney restaurants are getting their gravy from, for the love of pete will you please find another source or just make it yourselves?

LOL ok end of rant. It's just so disappointing to visit Florida HOME of southern redneck goodies like biscuits and gravy, and get served that nasty mess.

Amy&Dan
09-07-2007, 06:58 PM
If you think the biscuits and gravy at WDW are bad, you should taste what they serve on the Disney Cruise Line! After all the delish food, I saw b & g on the breakfast buffet one morning, got excited but it was total yuk.

I don't get it either, its so easy to make. I think it is pre packaged, it always tastes the same. I don't even try it anymore! Bummer, I love my biscuits and gravy!;)

BabyPiglet
09-07-2007, 08:26 PM
It's freaking ridiculously easy to make! You think that WDW, the place that has gourmet-ish restaurants like CG and V&A could take a little time out to make sausage gravy!!!

ElizabethB
09-08-2007, 09:21 AM
The OP is likely correct -- it probably is pre-made and comes from one supplier.

mom0299
09-08-2007, 02:49 PM
I laughed when I saw this post. My DS is a biscuit and gravy conoseiur. His mamaw makes the best. (I can't make it.) When we went on our first trip with the kids in 2004 we had breakfast at Chef Mickey's and the biscuits and gravy were TERRIBLE! We have avoided it on our latest trips, but continue to joke about how bad it was. My DD wants to be a chef and we joke that she needs to go work at Disney and teach them how to make gravy.

*Emily*
09-08-2007, 02:54 PM
Perhaps because that whole concoction is pretty darn disgusting to begin with??? :crazy2:

MickeyNicki
09-08-2007, 03:04 PM
I agree, YUCK!

The biscuits are lard ridden, greasy, hockey pucks and the gravy is like smokey paste!

eeyore45
09-08-2007, 03:08 PM
You are so right!! Biscuits and gravy is a luxury for me - so fat laden, so gooey good - and no one makes them like Grandma, and now with grandma gone - I look forward to B&G every now and again on vacation - but Disney??? ewww....

and their biscuits are the same all over too - I'm thinking those come in frozen and are baked at the various places - they taste the same everywhere!

JohnathanS
09-08-2007, 03:34 PM
Lol, I know what you mean Amanda! The sausage has a reddish tint to it too, have you noticed that? Being from the South, I do know my biscuits and gravy and the stuff at WDW just ain't it. Maybe they figure that, since there isn't much to it, that premade stuff will suffice...big mistake! I actually made some cream gravy last night, sans the sausage, which we had over fried pork tenderloin and biscuits...now that was heaven :goodvibes

branv
09-08-2007, 04:02 PM
Now that's funny b/c while Florida is, technically, the south, I never would have considered it the source for good southern cooking :laughing: I learned that the first time I went to WDW with our high school band and I ordered hash browns. That was the first time I found out that TX hash browns and other peoples "hash browns" are veeeery different. The only other time I've had hash browns like I had in Florida was in San Francisco :rolleyes1

I really don't know what is more insulting..the gravy or the biscuits. Though I can't fault anyone for biscuits...it is an art. Though what I really find amusing is how terrible the beignets are at POFQ. Two years later and I swear I think I'm still digesting it (though to be fair, maybe they're better if you get them fresh and I did only have them the one time).

curiouser
09-08-2007, 04:17 PM
Now that's funny b/c while Florida is, technically, the south, I never would have considered it the source for good southern cooking :laughing: I learned that the first time I went to WDW with our high school band and I ordered hash browns. That was the first time I found out that TX hash browns and other peoples "hash browns" are veeeery different. The only other time I've had hash browns like I had in Florida was in San Francisco :rolleyes1

You know, I was going to post the same thing. Florida is really a northern state that ran away and found some sunshine :rotfl:

It has to be a powered concoction because the country gravy we had in our college cafeteria (which I might add, was voted college with the worst food, one year) had the same paste!

Lisann
09-08-2007, 05:48 PM
This post has me laughing. I come from a long line of GREAT southern cooks. And....I grew up in Miami. It's definately NOT a true southern town, although, in all fairness, back in the day (before Calle Ocho and black beans) it was a sleepy southern state.

Back to the topic at hand....

Biscuits are easy to make and so is sausage gravy. I would never think to order it off of a menu; I can't imagine anyone making it as good as 'mama'!

ArielRae
09-08-2007, 06:03 PM
WOW, I must be the manority beause I love Disney's Biscuits and gravy.:love:
I always look forward to getting it for breakfast everytime I go.
It tastes way better then any biscuits and gravy I can get from around here
including Wawa and Bob Evans.

J.C.&ALI'SMOM
09-08-2007, 06:11 PM
Back to the topic at hand....

Biscuits are easy to make and so is sausage gravy. I would never think to order it off of a menu; I can't imagine anyone making it as good as 'mama'!


ITA Lisann, to me it is one of those things that you can order somewhere but you might as well accept that it will be not even close to what Mommy makes! I have had mediocre biscuits and gravy at 1900 Park Fare but the biscuits were the kind you get in the Pillsbury bag in the frozen foods and the gravy was like out of a can. I could eat it but I wasn't crazy about it.

I would rather have something that I can't get at home (and far better quality ;) ).

chickenskin
09-08-2007, 07:10 PM
Ow, I can feel my arteries hardening just from reading this post.:rotfl: I guess it's a southern thing, I didn't even know they were on the menu, but if they're going to get something wrong in the kitchen I'm glad it's that.:rolleyes:

lynninpa
09-08-2007, 07:13 PM
You have to remember-nothing beats home cookin' when it comes to things like Biscuits & Gravy! ;)

J.C.&ALI'SMOM
09-08-2007, 07:25 PM
I think people who don't like things like biscuits and gravy just haven't had good biscuits and gravy ;)

lynninpa
09-08-2007, 07:28 PM
I think people who don't like things like biscuits and gravy just haven't had good biscuits and gravy ;)

...or good country/chicken fried steak! ;)

Dis Ohana
09-08-2007, 07:38 PM
I'd never even think to put biscuits and gravy together. Sounds good though. Where I'm from, we love gravy on our rice.
I've always wondered -- is chicken fried steak a piece of meat fried like chicken? I've heard of it but never actually seen the dish. Gotta love anything friend though :laughing: .

iloveokw
09-08-2007, 07:41 PM
All of you that are dising Biscuits and Gravy - I mean good B & G - you don't know what you are missing. :love:

aubriee
09-11-2007, 04:13 AM
WOW, I must be the manority beause I love Disney's Biscuits and gravy.:love:
I always look forward to getting it for breakfast everytime I go.
It tastes way better then any biscuits and gravy I can get from around here
including Wawa and Bob Evans.

Hey, New Jersey is not a southern state. Come to Texas and try some REAL homemade biscuits and gravy. Try some chicken fried steak covered in gravy:cloud9: while you're at it. Maybe a little hot peach cobbler with homemade ice cream, on the side. You'll see what everyone else is talking about. Hey, I just wished WDW could make some REAL sweet tea.

OT: Hey, the last time I was in your state, I ordered breakfast one morning and they brought out those little sausage link thingys. I turned green and asked if they had real sausage (like in patties). Once I tried ya'lls sausage though they were pretty good. Different, but good.

Mackey Mouse
09-11-2007, 05:43 AM
I have tried the biscuit and gravy at WDW and I am not wild about it, but my husband does not mind it, but keep in mind we are from Boston where we know nothing about GOOD biscuit and gravy..

I go to the place in VA.......when I am visiting there, and have the best fried chicken, hushpuppies and sweet tea, and I have to say I must be Southern at heart because I just love their cooking, collard greens, fried gizzards, bring it on, I love it. ......Lately I have been thinking about fried green tomatoes....like I can get those on Cape Cod.. I am going to have to find me a little breakfast place when I am in VA and see what their biscuits and gravy taste like so I have a basis of comparison.

Sign me born and bred in MA, but LOOOOOOOOOOOOOVE Southern Cooking. I would never dis biscuits and gravy or any good Southern Cooking....we love it all.

roselark
09-11-2007, 06:25 AM
I grew up in Texas as well and I think the B&G at WDW is an atrocity! I was so excited when I saw that had it at the Pepper Market for breakfast. Luckily it wasn't very expensive because it only took one bite to turn me off.

I live in Wisconsin now and they are pretty good about B&G up here...I think there are enough southern transplants that the locals have learned a thing or two :)

Ted and Holly
09-11-2007, 07:49 AM
I am not denying that WDW B&G is bad. Nor am I denying that Florida is not your typical "Southern State". But you need to realize that WDW food is not the only food in Florida.

In a state of tourists and chain restaurants, there are still hidden gems of excellent food. You just have to be brave enough to leave the embrace of the Mouse.

PortieOwner
09-11-2007, 03:13 PM
WDW needs to find out who makes Hardee's B&G and just buy them from those folks.

branv
09-11-2007, 03:20 PM
Maybe a little hot peach cobbler with homemade ice cream, on the side.

What, are you from Georgia girl?! Don't you mean Pecan Pie (i.e. Pu-cahn)?! Gotta support the state tree after all. Well, I guess you can do cobbler, but at least stick with blackberry...unless you're from around Fredericksburg way, then I guess it can be forgiven. And with Bluebell ice cream, natch. :rotfl:

If someone just had to try a chain restaurants biscuit and gravy, I would have to send them to Cracker Barrel. Homemade is always best, but if you have to go out for them, they're pretty good.

"Sho' do make a man feel happy
to see white gravy on the side"
--Guy Clark, "Texas Cookin'" 1976

Tess'smom
09-11-2007, 03:24 PM
Ewwwwww! For me the thought of eating biscuits and gravy together is not pleasant. Where I am from in the North East, making a pot of gravy means a nice homemade pot of spaghetti sauce. :love:

GinnyFavers
09-11-2007, 06:08 PM
Ewwwwww! For me the thought of eating biscuits and gravy together is not pleasant. Where I am from in the North East, making a pot of gravy means a nice homemade pot of spaghetti sauce. :love:

See, this is the problem. Somebody from your neck of the woods is in charge of the biscuits & gravy down there.

By the way, a pp said Cracker Barrell was the best commercial biscuits & gravy, and I concur!

tarheelmjfan
09-11-2007, 06:24 PM
Ewwwwww! For me the thought of eating biscuits and gravy together is not pleasant. Where I am from in the North East, making a pot of gravy means a nice homemade pot of spaghetti sauce. :love:


:confused3 Please explain. ;)

DebbiC
09-11-2007, 07:02 PM
Ewwwwww! For me the thought of eating biscuits and gravy together is not pleasant. Where I am from in the North East, making a pot of gravy means a nice homemade pot of spaghetti sauce. :love:

omg!

I thought the same thing and wondered why anyone would take gravy that has simmered all day and serve it with biscuits!

Then I started reading about this milk/cream gravy and thought.. yuck!

I've seen biscuits n gravy on the local Cracker Barrel menu but have never ordered it.

Deb
another jersey girl who knows that "gravy" is red and made with tomatoes, olive oil, garlic.. ect.. ect..

Amy&Dan
09-11-2007, 07:10 PM
What, are you from Georgia girl?! Don't you mean Pecan Pie (i.e. Pu-cahn)?! Gotta support the state tree after all. Well, I guess you can do cobbler, but at least stick with blackberry...unless you're from around Fredericksburg way, then I guess it can be forgiven. And with Bluebell ice cream, natch. :rotfl:

If someone just had to try a chain restaurants biscuit and gravy, I would have to send them to Cracker Barrel. Homemade is always best, but if you have to go out for them, they're pretty good.

"Sho' do make a man feel happy
to see white gravy on the side"
--Guy Clark, "Texas Cookin'" 1976

Yep, Cracker Barrel has some decent biscuits and gravy. I had some at a Cracker Barrel in Naples, Florida, so it can be done in the Sunshine State!

And I do love Bluebell ice cream is the best! Too bad I have to go home to Texas to get some!

tarheelmjfan
09-11-2007, 07:22 PM
another jersey girl who knows that "gravy" is red and made with tomatoes, olive oil, garlic.. ect.. ect..

So, your version of gravy is basically the same as what we call spaghetti sauce? That makes more sense to me now. I was pretty grossed out for a minute thinking of spaghetti noodles covered with our version of gravy. :eek:

JohnathanS
09-11-2007, 07:34 PM
omg!

I thought the same thing and wondered why anyone would take gravy that has simmered all day and serve it with biscuits!

Then I started reading about this milk/cream gravy and thought.. yuck!

Deb
another jersey girl who knows that "gravy" is red and made with tomatoes, olive oil, garlic.. ect.. ect..


Actually, the milk/cream gravy is essentially a bechamel sauce, which you have most likely eaten in some form, just maye not on biscuits. It's often the base of pot pies, mac n' cheese (just with cheese added), creamed vegetables, and many other dishes. When you think of it, biscuits and gravy is very much like pot pie, just without the veggies and/or meat. So, it's actually not a weird combination at all.

EMcCool419
09-11-2007, 08:40 PM
You know, I was going to post the same thing. Florida is really a northern state that ran away and found some sunshine :rotfl:

It has to be a powered concoction because the country gravy we had in our college cafeteria (which I might add, was voted college with the worst food, one year) had the same paste!

Central florida might have it wrong but I promise you that Northwest florida has some of the best southern cookoing that you can get!pirate:

Tess'smom
09-11-2007, 08:52 PM
omg!

I thought the same thing and wondered why anyone would take gravy that has simmered all day and serve it with biscuits!

Then I started reading about this milk/cream gravy and thought.. yuck!

I've seen biscuits n gravy on the local Cracker Barrel menu but have never ordered it.

Deb
another jersey girl who knows that "gravy" is red and made with tomatoes, olive oil, garlic.. ect.. ect..

Yep! Another South Jersey vote that gravy is a nice red pasta sauce.

simonkodousek
09-11-2007, 08:58 PM
I love biscuits and gravy, but I won't even touch the stuff that WDW serves. It looks disgusting, tastes disgusting, and makes you sick. I seriously got a stomach ache from it in 2004. :(

Maggi May
09-11-2007, 09:33 PM
If someone just had to try a chain restaurants biscuit and gravy, I would have to send them to Cracker Barrel. Homemade is always best, but if you have to go out for them, they're pretty good.

"Sho' do make a man feel happy
to see white gravy on the side"
--Guy Clark, "Texas Cookin'" 1976

Love the Guy Clark quote.

In addition to Cracker Barrel, Village Inn makes a mean biscuit and gravy, with a side of crispy hash browns. It's not a big chain -most of their locations are in Florida or the midwest/west.

SkrapKat
09-11-2007, 10:12 PM
I think people who don't like things like biscuits and gravy just haven't had good biscuits and gravy ;)

AMEN
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LindyN
09-11-2007, 10:19 PM
I've never eaten Biscuits and Gravy in my life (I'm 44). Guess I shouldn't try it at Disney?

Mackey Mouse
09-12-2007, 05:03 AM
Spaghettis sauce vs. gravy is always a discussion here in the Northeast and depending on what your Mom called it and where you are from, you either call it gravy or sauce.. we call it sauce...

OK.. now do not hate me here, but I went to cracker barrel and my husband ordered biscuits and gravy and we thought it was just ok.. I tasted it. I guess I will have to find a place that serves an authentic Southern breakfast on one of my trips....so far I have not found that.

aubriee
09-12-2007, 05:15 AM
What, are you from Georgia girl?! Don't you mean Pecan Pie (i.e. Pu-cahn)?! Gotta support the state tree after all. Well, I guess you can do cobbler, but at least stick with blackberry...unless you're from around Fredericksburg way, then I guess it can be forgiven. And with Bluebell ice cream, natch. :rotfl:

"Sho' do make a man feel happy
to see white gravy on the side"
--Guy Clark, "Texas Cookin'" 1976

I know Georgia is supposed to be the peach tree state, but excuse me East Texas grows some of the best Elberta peaches in the country. My parents used to own a peach orchard, so we always had peaches in our freezer. Although come to think of it we also had pecan trees in our front yard and made some great pecan pies. Of course, blackberry vines also grow rampant around here, so blackberries (for blackberry cobbler) are always plentiful around here too. Personally I don't care for Bluebell ice cream (I know heresy for a Texan). Homemade is not that hard to make and soooo much better (especially on hot cobbler).

Again I just wished WDW would learn to make REAL sweet tea.

JohnathanS
09-12-2007, 08:15 AM
Yep! Another South Jersey vote that gravy is a nice red pasta sauce.

I'm curious, what do people from New Jersey call the brown gravy served with Turkey at Thanksgiving? Does gravy "only" mean marinara sauce in the northeast? Also, is that a term mostly used by italian-americans or all of the northeast? Just curious, from a foodie standpoint!;)