A proper red-eye gravy gets its bold richness in part from a dose of strong black coffee.
Shawn Sollberger, chef and co-owner of the new Northern Liberties pub Gunners Run, combines his grandfather's technique for chicken-fried steak with his North Carolina neighbor's red-eye gravy recipe.
Instead of adding ham to the gravy, as is the norm, Sollberger crumbles bacon into the oil he uses to pan-fry the top round steak. He deglazes the pan with coffee. It's served with sauteed spinach and black-eyed peas.
- Michael Klein
Chicken-fried steak ($15) at Gunners Run, 1001 N. Second St., 215-923-4600; www.gunnersrun.com.