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The Unique Dish: Biscuits and Chocolate “Gravy” Served up at Katalina’s

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Unless you’re from a very specific location in the south, you’ve probably never had the pleasure of eating chocolate gravy. Katalina’s hopes to change that with the introduction of their new Biscuits and Chocolate “Gravy” dish to their new fall menu.

“I grew up in the south and this was something you’d have when you have sleepovers when you’re younger,” explains Kathleen Day, Owner of Katalina’s Cafe Corner. “It’s something your parents always made and you always looked forward to it… but it’s not just for kids either.”

Day says that she only knows of a handful of restaurants in the US that serve it, and has never seen the dish at a restaurant in the north.

“I decided to make it here because it’s one of those quirky Katalina’s things,” she says. “I added a few North Market LTD Spices to give it a latin twist, so it’s got smokey espresso chipotle in the sauce along with their double cocoa.”

The dish has only been on the menu for a week and while it hasn’t taken off as quickly as she hoped, Day says that everyone who has tried it loves it.

But fear not, fans of a more traditional biscuits and gravy breakfast — Katalina’s also features a vegetarian version of this classic made with a cream gravy, vegetarian sausage and a spice mix that includes sage salt from the Greener Grocer.

“Both of these dishes are served using homemade biscuits,” says Day. “This one is selling like wildfire because we have such a large vegetarian customer base.”

The new fall menu at Katalina’s is rolling out slowly with new dishes being added and others being dropped roughly every two weeks.

More information can be found online at www.cafecornercolumbus.com.

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  • bucki12

    I had it in Alabama when I would stay with relatives as a child. Like a lot of breakfast foods, I think it was invented by a kid when his mom was sleeping in. If I am going to eat that much sugar and refined white flour it is gonna be as a belguim waffle or stack of pancakes.

  • Where in Alabama? I have a lot of family in central-eastern Alabama and I’ve never heard of this dish. Some quick googling turned up results of it appearing all over the south and over to Texas. Hard to pin down the region of this one. ;)

  • bucki12

    Montgomery (which is pretty central-eastern), my uncle worked for Sikorsky and we kids would spend a couple of weeks in the summer there. We used to stay outside all day, it was a lot like living in an episode of Little Rascals – all those sugar and carbs probably helped.

    edited to add:

    looks like it is a depression era dish (which fits in with the vibe).


    So it probably had more to do with being poor in the South than being in a particular area. Who needs sausage when you have 4 tablespoons of cocoa powder? Those people had grit and knew how to make do.

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