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Farmhouse 78

I finally tried Farmhouse 78 in Santa Ysabel and I have to echo the chorus of great reviews I’ve seen! We went for breakfast and I ordered “The Farmer”. Fluffy scrambled eggs and crispy hash browns piled high atop a jumbo buttermilk biscuit, then smothered with country sausage gravy, $13.95. My initial sense was that the protein to starch ratio was unbalanced so I requested an add of sausage patties which the chef thoughtfully cut up. This was a good call. If you ever order this, I recommend you do the same. The dish was outstanding and quite hearty. I’m glad I wore loose fitting clothing.
I could tell when it came out that I didn’t need to add any salt & pepper. Everything was perfectly seasoned and robustly flavored. The biscuit itself was rather dense and dry unfortunately. I only took a couple bites from the top then set it aside. The gravy-soaked bottom half was of course perfect. I thought the country gravy was excellent. It rivaled similar gravies from both Marinade on Main and MMG. Nothing institutional here.
I’m not gonna sugarcoat it; this is not an inexpensive restaurant. The food served however is of remarkable quality. Among the finest you’ll find in the back country. I still need to try F78 for dinner though, but I’m confident my observation will hold up. The restaurant itself is beautiful. Spacious, bright, airy, modern and very clean. Looking forward to a return visit, now that one of my cars is paid off.


The Oaks Grille

Outstanding “Bulldog” Omelette at The Oaks Girl in Ramona! Filled with bacon, sausage, ham, onion, cheddar & jack cheese. The beautifully cooked omelette is then blanketed with their excellent country gravy. I was hesitant at first about this combination but it was surprisingly good. I highly recommend.

The Pioneer Woman Mercantile

Quite possibly the best biscuits and gravy I’ve ever put in my mouth!

Kountry Kitchen

Outstanding Kountry Kasserole at the Kountry Kitchen, where the letter C is an endangered species. I seriously had to lay down twice after eating this one! Hash browns topped with two skrambled eggs and a hot biskuit smothered with Kountry gravy!

Black Bear Diner

Back to BBD, this time in Signal Hill, CA, just outside of Long Beach. Here’s some sort of southern style Benedict thing. Made with hot biscuits, sausage patties, eggs, etc., all smothered with country gravy! I had to lay down after eating this!

The Oaks Grille

Tasty country fried steak for brunch recently at The Oaks Grille. The steak is clearly off the Sysco truck but that gravy though is remarkably good!

The Oaks Grille 

Outstanding brunch recently at The Oaks Grille. I ordered the Biscuits & Gravy Breakfast for $9.95. Includes two eggs cooked “your way” and two pieces of bacon or sausage. Being that it was weekend brunch, it also included two complimentary glasses of champagne!

The dish consisted of two biscuits cut into four halves. Biscuits were on the softer side with no discernible crispy edges. Gravy was thick, flavorful and hearty with a very conservative amount of sausage nodules. It seemed that if this gravy had sat around too long, it could be used as some sort of binding agent in various construction trades. Big chubby sausage links were very tasty. And my scrambled eggs were cooked perfectly! Not all overdone, brown and tough.

Not the best B&G I’ve had in town, but it was respectable. Next time I’ll probably try the country fried steak.

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