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Review: Pine State Biscuits

June 18th, 2008 · 3 Comments

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Pine State Biscuits
3640 SE Belmont Street
Portland, Oregon 97214
(503) 236-3346
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Rating: ★★★★☆

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Who doesn’t love warm flaky biscuits? I certainly do, and one of my favorite meals of all time is biscuits and gravy. So when I heard about Pine State Biscuits, I knew I had to try it out.

When we arrived there was a line stretching all the way out the front door. It was a very warm sunny day, so the short wait to order wasn’t a problem. The restaurant is teeny-tiny, so most people were ordering to go. But we were brave and opted to eat there, hoping a table would free up before we got our food. Luckily we were able to snag the only four-person table there-be warned that there are only three tables and a small counter with stools. Take-out is going to be your best bet if you go during peak eating hours.

I was tempted by everything on their small menu, but opted for the McIsley ($6), a biscuit sandwich with fried chicken, pickles, mustard and honey. I was completely satisfied with my choice. The chicken was moist and the combination was delicious. My only complaint (and one of my lunch companions agreed) was that the biscuits were a little on the dry side.

My lunch companions both ordered the Moneyball ($7), the traditional biscuit and gravy topped with one egg over easy. There are two gravy options to choose from, sausage or shitake mushroom. They also opted to indulge in side orders of hash browns and grits ($2).

One of my friends loved their meal; the other wasn’t all that impressed. The friend who wasn’t impressed reminded me about Gravy, and I have to agree that I, too, would probably pick Gravy’s biscuit and gravy over Pine State. But the biscuit sandwich I had was a winner in my book, and my friend who wasn’t happy with the Moneyball wished he’d ordered the Reggie sandwich ($7, fried chicken, bacon and cheese topped with gravy) instead.

Pine State Biscuits is a neighborhood joint. It would be the perfect destination for a midday stroll on a sunny day if you live or work nearby. Unfortunately, I don’t live or work nearby and because you can’t guarantee getting a table, I think I would normally opt for bigger/closer place for lunch.

That being said, I really enjoyed my meal there, so I might just head back over to SE Belmont again soon, but I will probably go for takeout next time.

Pine State Biscuits also operates at the Saturday Farmer’s Market in the South Park Blocks near PSU.

Pros: Fast and friendly service, yummy biscuit sandwiches

Cons: Very limited seating

Check out Pine State Biscuits’ menu
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Tags: $$ · Biscuits · Foodies Love It · Friendly Waitstaff · Hole-in-the-Wall · Neighborhood Haunts · Pickles · SE · To-Go, Please

3 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Jeremiah Raidt // Jun 30, 2008 at 5:52 pm

    I thought overall this hit the spot. I wish the gravy had a little more flavor and the biscuits were warmer and flakier. The grits were good.

  • 2 tuffy // Oct 8, 2008 at 9:21 am

    I agree the biscuits are good and flaky. But I have serious problems with the price. Eight dollars for a bacon egg sandwich? want cheese? 50cents more want jam 50 cents more, same with honey. This sucks. For a place claiming to be from the ‘pine state’ how about showing some North Carolina hospitality, The general feeling is snobby portland hipsters. Hey guys – its called a SERVICE industry. The foods great – but not worth the money or the attitude.

  • 3 Griff // Jan 18, 2009 at 1:19 pm

    Been a fan of the Pine State Biscuits since they opened and havent ever been disappointed by whats got to be the best biscuit joint west of the mississippi (river NOT ave.!) Not sure what the reviewer above is sayin, but my Bacon Egg Sandwich ran $5.50…and was served up with true southern hospitality by a damn nice group of folks!

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