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Looking for a hipster restaurant to satisfy cravings for good, hearty comfort food? Drop by Pine State Biscuits, a little joint with locations in Northeast and Southeast Portland. I discovered this gem on the show Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives on the Food Network channel, and the sight of flaky, golden biscuits won me over.
I’ll admit though, the place was tiny. There was one small counter with stools, two tables for two, and only one table for four. There was additional seating at the bar next door, but minors like me had no option but to wait for a seat in the restaurant.
Yet I enjoyed the casual, comfortable atmosphere—music posters jostled for attention on the walls, and all sorts of customers streamed in, including hipsters, families with young kids, teenagers, and couples. A line of people even went out the door into the windy weather, but no one complained. I could almost taste the anticipation.
The menu boasted a wide range of items, from the simple biscuits and gravy to the Wedgie, a biscuit sandwich with fried green tomatoes, lettuce, fried chicken, and blue cheese dressing. It was basically biscuit heaven. The menu also included a number of sides like hash browns, hush puppies, and coleslaw. Arnold Palmers (iced tea with lemonade) were served in huge empty honey jars.
I ordered the Reggie, a biscuit sandwich with bacon, American cheese, and fried chicken in the middle and topped with a large dollop of sausage gravy, which formed a steaming pool at the bottom. The gravy was rich and creamy, and I tasted juicy bits of ground meat. The bacon and fried chicken in its buttermilk batter had a savory crunch and crispiness, which contrasted well with the biscuit’s soft crumbliness and the melted cheese.
So if you love comfort food, are tired of Bisquick mix, or you just want to experience the hip side of Portland’s fare, I’d definitely recommend Pine State Biscuits. You won’t find biscuits like theirs anywhere else.
Price range: 3-9 dollars
3640 SE Belmont St., Portland, OR 97214 (East side)
2204 NE Alberta St., Portland, OR 97211 (Alberta)
Hours: 7 a.m. – 2 p.m.