I have never understood why Americans didn't hop on the fries and gravy bandwagon with their northern neighbours. Fries and gravy are a staple of every diner across the country, and while the quality varies from place to place, it's pretty hard to order fries and gravy and have it be bad. It's one of the few things I miss about the frozen north.
P.S. That weird white stuff with black flecks in it that they serve in the south is an abomination and is NOT gravy.