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Restaurant of the year-awarded & praise-worthy sides that round out the racks and brisket. Sat. and Sun. mornings, check the board for breakfast specials.
Brisket. It's an experience best tasted not described. Always get the mac & cheese when it's offered. Beer and BBQ are a natural match, but Podnah's drinks are worthy. Pitboss plate should be featured on one of those eat til it hurts shows on basic cable. I split with a friend and was nearly paralyzed from the caloric intake (but it was so good, I couldn't stop)
Best BBQ in Portland!!! One of the breakfasts as well. While it's way out of the way, the food, drinks, and service is worth it. Keep up the good work.
Great barbeque but they have moved.
This address is incorrect, and as of June 24, there was no sign outside Podnah's. The new address is 1625 NE Killingsworth, and we coulodn't find a parking lot nor a surly staff. No wait on a Friday afternoon.
Brisket and pork ribs were great, but they had run out of ruby trout.
Sides were good but a little too much vinegar on everything for one of our group.
We are anxious to sample the smoked prime rib.
Don't rush past the blackboard -- the specials are there.
Solid, But Unspectacular. I'll admit, I'm tough to please when it comes to BBQ. I tried Podnah's Pit on a rainy Tuesday night. It was surprisingly crowded. It took 20 minutes to be seated, but since I'd had plenty of time to study the menu, the food came lightning quick. They had a special of $20 for a full rack of ribs. I certainly got my money's worth. These were big and meaty spare ribs. They had plenty of smoky flavor, but were otherwise bland, and would have benefited from a spicy rub. I really disliked the highly vinegary sauce, so I skipped it altogether. For $20, I was plenty satisfied, but as far as the best barbecue I've had, this place doesn't even rate.
I enjoy going out for a truly good meal. And although I've cut back on eating out over the last year, for economic reasons...Enjoying good food out with friends at least twice a month is about a infrequent as I'm willing to cut it.
I also like to visit a restaurant at least twice, to compare the dishes and service and possibly give the establishment a 'second chance' if my first visit didn't score high in my book.
Here enters Podnah's BBQ
Podnah's BBQ had been open for about 8 months when I went for the first time. The reviews I'd been reading up to that time were pretty good, and I was looking forward to trying some tasty bbq beef brisket.
What a let-down.
The first thing I noted was that the waitress ignored me for what seemed like a good 30 minutes -- even waiting tables who's occupants arrived and seated well after me.
OK... I thought that seemed pretty rude, but I'm an easy going person. And I was hungry. So I finally got the server's attention and placed my order for brisket with greens and potato salad. When my order finally arrived ( which took another 35 minutes), I was REALLY hungry by then. But when I took the first bite of brisket, it was so dry that chewing just made it swell and expand in my mouth.
Dry, sauceless, almost flavorless except for a bit of smoke... what a disappointment.
The sides were just ok. Greens were way too salty, and some of the potato dices in the potato salad were still raw.
Trying to get a refill of ice water, some bread, or condiments was impossible. Its like I was invisible.
I thought I'd NEVER go back again, after that first visit. But when some our-of-town friends came to visit and had dining at Podnah's on their agenda, I tagged along thinking maybe it would be better this time.
Boy, was I wrong. This second time around was even worse than the first. Same dry, overcooked meats. Same over-seasoned or completely bland sides. And amazingly, even WORSE service.
I will never go to this place to eat again, nor will any of my friends.
Suffice to say, don't believe all the positive reviews you read about this place.
Had dinner with the family at Podnah's on 8-21-2010 and them having "great Texas BBQ" is a blasphemous rumor. I have lived in TX and St. Louis and I feel I have a good idea of what good BBQ should taste like and this establishment falls short.
I was not impressed by the service we received. It was unprofessional and inconsistent. There were six of us and the menu states" Free bread, Jalapeno's and onions". Anyone who has eaten BBQ in Texas knows that white bread is a must when eating BBQ. We order a half rack of ribs, brisket, pulled pork, collard greens, beans, black eyed pea salad and potato salad.So she brings out a basket with 4 slices of bread (6 people). These are quickly eaten and we asked for more bread...She brings out 3 slices of bread this time..Again, eaten quickly and when we asked the 2nd time for more bread AND we got attitude from her....6 people, 7 slices of white bread so far and we get attitude. My initial thought is...It's white bread...If it was really "Texas style BBQ" they would have dropped a loaf on the table. Getting your beverage refilled was like asking for a loan. I can understand if it was really busy, but it wasn't.
Now for the food...The collard greens were nasty as hell, the beans were way too salty from the pork and bacon fat, The brisket was good, but not impressive, the cornbread had a funny taste to and I have had better pulled pork out of a frozen package from Costco. The black eyed pea salad was pretty tasty and so was the potato salad. I can't comment on the ribs because I didn't eat any.
To sum it all up, I would not eat there again even if my dinner was paid for by someone else. I've had better food and service at Buster's BBQ and they don't set a high bar. If you are looking for good service and BBQ, I recommend trying Russell Street BBQ. So far, it has been a great experience and the food is always good and you actually get your drink refilled without showing signs of dehydration.
Best Brisket in Portland..
Discovered this place by accident; we were driving by and just happened to noticed their sign. We had heard about it from friends and Triple D, but had not been there yet. We turned the car around and decided to stop in for lunch. We were able to sit outside in the sun on one of their two patio tables.
They only offer two starters, two sandwiches and four baskets for lunch. But you will not be disappointed. We tried the trout and beef brisket sandwich. The portion on the beef was very generous and tender. It just melts in your mouth. The trout was something we have never had fresh smoked; it was amazing. The side dishes are what you would expect for BBQ, nothing to wow you but they were done right. Overall it is a great little BBQ spot to try.
Very poor service--will not return though food is great..
As a native Texan I was excited the first time I came here a few years ago and found they had some of the best TX-style BBQ I've found here in PDX. And I miss the migas I used to get in houston, so was happy when they started doing their breakfast.
BUT--I went in with my kids (9 & 16) a few weeks ago for breakfast (craving those Migas, I specifically asked if they had bell peppers and was told no, and retstated I did not care for bell peppers. Well guess what was in them? My kids ordered the basic breakfast taco, which on the menu had no mention of ANY peppers, so I didn't bother requesting no peppers, and guess what? They came with the same bell peppers that my migas did. Looked like they used the same mix of stuff for both dishes. When I finally got the waitress' attention to complain I got NO apology, just a shrug and impression she could care less. When I got the bill I said I didn't think I should have to pay for food that was made wrong, thinking they should at least reduce it and acknowledge there was a problem. She reluctantly checked with the owner and came back saying to do whatever I wanted (again with the attitude). So I left a partial payment and said goodbye. I'd rather eat mediocre food where I am at least treated like a valued customer than go back there.
Try their breakfast. We've added Podnah's to our Sunday morning breakfast rotation (joining Marco's, J & M, Besaw's, Sanborn's and Tin Shed). Simple menu, good food and good service. Try the parmesan cheese grits instead of potatos . . . and don't forget the bisquit. It's really good.
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