Portland >Pine State Biscuits
Est 2006-Bring an umbrella! Line up and take to-go the most fluffed up, crunch edged, buttery biscuit in Portland proper.
Biscuit? Biscuits!. A biscuit that'll take anything you can put on it is the truth. If I could survive eating a Reggie Deluxe 3 twice a day I would.
My wife and I were on our way back to Idaho and thought lets see if Portland has any places that have been on Diners Drive ins and dives. We chose this place because we remembered the show.
We were shocked about the wait but didn't mind at all. An hour or so later we got out biscuits.
My wife thought it was okay and liked the biscuits, she didn't care much for the gravy. She said it had a weird after taste.
I was the opposite. I loved the gravy and couldn't get enough of it. I liked the biscuit but thought it was just as good as back home. My wife finished hers and there was a lot of gravy left. I ended up scrapping it off and basically was licking both plates clean and wanted more.
I really like the spicy kick the gravy had.
Would recommend anyone stopping by and grabbing a bite. This place started out new tradition. Now when we travel we stop at location that have been on the food tv shows.
Deal with the headache and savor the food.
Boo Hoo... the lines are long/ there aren't enough tables/ they aren't fast enough... Blah blah blah!
I am a very impatient person. I hate waiting in lines and I hate other people wasting my time.
That being said, I did wait for 10 minutes to get my food at Pine State (no longer than one might wait at a crowded Subway) but it never felt like a waste of time. What I see in this venue is a crowded kitchen full of people trying to make gourmet food in half the space they could use and a dining room that seats 10% of what would be necessary if this was a full service sit down restaurant. (which it is not) The atmosphere is hurried and you may end up eating on a bench outside but this is a business that is making the best of what their facilities will allow.
The food at Pine State is warm, fresh and filled with soul. It's creative and unique like we have all come to expect in Portland but retains strong elements of it's Southern roots. The portions are large and the prices reasonable. Just know that this experience will come at a price of comfort and convenience.
So give Pine State a try,even if you are not the "biscuit and gravy" type, they have many dishes that will impress.
For those of you complaining about:
1) Slow service/no seating,
Quit bitching and go to Denny's
2) Not southern food like they make in ________:
Southern food is a style, not a specific thing. It's regional, just like BBQ or Pizza. If you want the food to be what you had in South Carolina... move to South Carolina... Just keeps the lines shorter for the rest of us.
I toast Pine State Biscuits and wish them enough success to expand into better accommodations.
Great Value, Great Place. Since I'm from San Francisco (but married to a Portlander, so don't flame me about it!), I am used to waiting in line for any food worth eating. I have eaten at Pine State now twice, both times at peak hours and never waited longer than 10 minutes in line. It is well worth the wait. I don't know who Reggie is, but I LOVE him! His biscuits are light and fluffy. The gravy is just right and just enough. The chicken is terrific (crisp and not greasy). The sweet tea is just as it should be and the fried green tomatoes are wonderful. It's a bit more food than I can eat, but not so much that I feel bad about wasting. Everyone who works there was very polite and friendly to me. And despite the crowd, both times I did get a seat at a nice little table. What else could a person want? It's perfect.
Just an averagely decent biscuit. If this place was about 1/2 the price that they charge, was within a 10-15 minute drive, and didn't have to wait 15-20 minutes to get a so-so biscuit, I would go back from time to time. In North Carolina, which is where I came from, biscuits are a BIG DEAL, taken very seriously, and these ain't even in the same league !!!
Not worth it. Pillsbury Grands are better. Confusing menue. No seating. Surly staff. I was underwhelmed at best and will not go back. Go to Bunk instead.
such rude workers!!!!!. I walked in got stared at for a while until I finally asked if some one would help me. After wich she replaid I guess so.
Fantastic. My boyfriend and I waited in line for around 25 minutes to try this place. My boyfriend ordered the McIsley, and I got the Reggie Deluxe. The moment we took our firsts bites, we looked at each other in pure ecstasy. They were both amazing. The McIsley is a delicious combo of tart from the pickles and sweet from the honey. Mine was just....well, there are no words. I don't have the largest appetite in the world, but I could seriously down a few of these, and happily deal with the consequences later. Go there, the wait is so worth it.
Biscuits are too dry. I didn't try the sweet tea, but I sure wish I ordered one with my "Reggie" biscuit sandwich because my mouth was dry as a bone after eating here. Be sure to have a glass of water near you when you have a biscuit at this place.
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