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Tour de Biscuits & Gravy-The 2015 Search For Iowa’s Best Plate of Our Favorite Comfort Meal

Leah holding up a delicious masterpiece of masterpieces. Biscuits and Gravy from the Classic Deli in Brooklyn, IA. https://www.facebook.com/TheClassicDeliIceCreamShoppe?fref=ts
Leah holding up a delicious masterpiece of masterpieces. Biscuits and Gravy from the Classic Deli in Brooklyn, IA.
Our loyal readers have noticed a trend. Team Goodvin loves to seek out new restaurants with every trip. We strive to order interesting items and comb the menus for dishes we’ve never experienced. There is something to be said about a “go-to” when anguishing over a selection while your patient server awaits your order. Sometimes it takes the pen tap on the notepad that gets my decision expedited. One person’s version of “comfort food” could be considered an oddity to another. And that’s the best part of your selection. Your signature of approval can almost be seen on the food before you take your first bite, just as a wheelbarrow of memories swirl around in your head. And to me, a wheelbarrow is the preferred method of applying gravy over the plate of my “go-to”. The culinary phenomena of fresh biscuits topped with a creamy peppery sauce has kept me up at nights thinking about it and lured me out of bed in the early mornings. Team Goodvin is on the hunt for Iowa’s greatest plate of Biscuits and Gravy! And we’re not even close to stopping for the year on our quest for B&G! When will we announce the winning restaurant? Great question!

Our calendars are marked and soon many Iowa restaurants will have there's marked too. Dec 1st, 2015. The B&G party for the ages!
Our calendars are marked and soon many Iowa restaurants will have there’s marked too. Dec 1st, 2015. The B&G party for the ages!
There are many ways to prepare this breakfast staple. Or lunch special, dinner platter, brunch option, late night soak’er-upper, pot-luck item, wedding present……But we do have a couple stipulations for our contenders. We know that there are some tasty pre-made biscuit options and quality gravy mixes. However, we have two simple rules. Both biscuits and gravy MUST be made from scratch! And, so far, we haven’t had a hard time finding the institutions that have been able to accomplish these two important tasks.

The majesty of breakfast ala Americana. A huge portion of B&G served on the counter at Newton's Paradise Cafe in downtown Waterloo, IA! https://www.facebook.com/NewtonsParadiseCafe?fref=ts
The majesty of breakfast ala Americana. A huge portion of B&G served on the counter at Newton’s Paradise Cafe in downtown Waterloo, IA!
Here we are in August and we still have a lot of places to visit by December 1st. Here’s a list of finalists up to this point.

Rock's Anchor Grill in Davenport, IA. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Rocks-Anchor-Grill/116871525003784
Rock’s Anchor Grill in Davenport, IA.
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Rocks-Anchor-Grill/116871525003784%5B/caption%5D
[caption width="225" id="attachment_755" align="alignnone"]J's Homestyle Cooking in Cedar Falls, IA! http://jshomecooking.com/ J’s Homestyle Cooking in Cedar Falls, IA.
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[caption width="300" id="attachment_918" align="alignnone"]Zakeer's in Fort Dodge, IA. https://www.facebook.com/zakkersfamilyrestaurant?rf=108155019226992 Zakeer’s in Fort Dodge, IA.
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[caption width="225" id="attachment_1066" align="alignnone"]The Classic Deli in Brooklyn, IA. https://www.facebook.com/TheClassicDeliIceCreamShoppe The Classic Deli in Brooklyn, IA.
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[caption width="300" id="attachment_1116" align="alignnone"]Cedar Ridge Vineyards in Swisher, IA. https://twitter.com/CedarRidgeIowa Cedar Ridge Vineyards in Swisher, IA.
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[caption width="160" id="attachment_1151" align="alignnone"]Lakeshore in Storm Lake, IA. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Lakeshore-Family-Restaurant-Catering-Co/108594655871037?fref=ts Lakeshore in Storm Lake, IA.
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Lakeshore-Family-Restaurant-Catering-Co/108594655871037?fref=ts%5B/caption%5D
[caption width="160" id="attachment_1392" align="alignnone"]Newton's Paradise Cafe in Waterloo, IA, https://www.facebook.com/NewtonsParadiseCafe?fref=ts Newton’s Paradise Cafe in Waterloo, IA,
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[caption width="160" id="attachment_1393" align="alignnone"]Ride in Iowa City, IA. https://www.facebook.com/RIDEiowacity?fref=ts Ride in Iowa City, IA.
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[caption width="160" id="attachment_1394" align="alignnone"]Ross' in Bettendorf, IA. https://www.facebook.com/RIDEiowacity?fref=ts Ross’ in Bettendorf, IA.
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[caption width="217" id="attachment_1395" align="alignnone"]The Salt Fork Kitchen in Solon, IA. https://www.facebook.com/saltforkkitchen?fref=ts The Salt Fork Kitchen in Solon, IA.
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[caption width="300" id="attachment_1404" align="alignnone"]Breakfast House Cafe in Cedar Rapids, IA. http://www.thebreakfasthouse.com/ Breakfast House Cafe in Cedar Rapids, IA.
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[caption width="300" id="attachment_1421" align="alignnone"]Sassy's Cafe in Wayland, IA. 200 East IA-78. Sassy’s Cafe in Wayland, IA. 200 East IA-78.

Tom Thumb Drive-In in Fort Dodge, IA! 1412 A Street West.
Tom Thumb Drive-In in Fort Dodge, IA. 1412 A Street West.
We’ll be updating this blog post as we gallivant through Iowa and visit more restaurants that are serving up some of the best B&G in the country. The December 1st announcement date will be here before we know it, and we’re fixing to showcase as many restaurants as we can by then. Where should Team Goodvin go next?

The Iowa Gallivant seal of approval. Ross' in Bettendorf, IA.
The Iowa Gallivant seal of approval. Ross’ in Bettendorf, IA.

http://www.traveliowa.com/ https://www.facebook.com/IowaTourism?fref=ts https://twitter.com/Travel_Iowa
http://www.traveliowa.com/

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[caption width="123" id="attachment_1174" align="alignnone"]http://www.easterniowatourism.org/ http://www.easterniowatourism.org/

http://www.iowatourism.com/
http://www.iowatourism.com/

http://www.visitwesterniowa.com/
http://www.visitwesterniowa.com/