Originally posted by SeamusD
Fries and gravy can be found in a lot of places around here (central NY). It might not always be on the menu, but you can order it up easily enough. My mom used to go to a diner in our hometown when she was a teenager (50's-60's) and have fries and gravy... the diner is still there (though under different management) and you can still get them. I stop in on occasion for a burger and fries w/gravy, it's true comfort food for me.
The first place I came to know fries with gravy was at The Salt City Diner, a 50's joint on Rt. 57 in Liverpool, which is now an Irish Bar. I was Freshman in High School when it opened (1986.)
IT was good stuff. It was about this time I began to open up my mind to diners, including Doc's Little Gem, the B'ville Diner and Serpico's.
I think I can almost attribute fries and gravy to my awakening and love of diners as roadfood. Although, the idea of roadfood (eating at mom and pop stands while traveling) I attribute to my parents and my early childhood travels.