We fancy ourselves pretty fair home cooks, but superlative biscuits have always eluded us (as well as, in our experience, our Northern compatriots). This is too bad because we really love biscuits. Our cravings have, until now, been satisfied in Dixie, where folks are apparently born with the talent. So how did quality biscuits find their way to Oregon?
Pine State Biscuits is a minuscule eatery in Portland where you’ll find biscuits plain and fancy. You can have yours with some local honey or marionberry jam, and that sounds just fine to us, but we especially love the sandwich extravaganzas. The signature Reggie Deluxe fills the biscuit halves with juicy fried chicken, bacon, a fried egg, sausage gravy, and cheese, and it’s as deliriously good to eat as it sounds.
Other sandwiches include things like house-made apple butter, fried green tomatoes, and braised collard greens (not on the same sandwich!), and there’s shiitake mushroom gravy for sausage-frowners. Sides include crispy, real hash browns, black-eyed peas, and over-the-top creamy grits grown in Oregon. There’s even a corn dog made with Otto’s Kitchen andouille. Coffee is by Stumptown, the OJ is organic, and the chocolate milk comes from a local chocolatier.
Pine State Biscuits was born as a stand at the Portland Farmers Market a few years ago. They still operate there on Saturdays, and now there are two sit-down restaurants. You should be prepared to wait in line, perhaps a long time, unless you arrive early in the morning. The Alberta store is larger but you’ll probably wait there, too.1100 SE Division Street Portland OR 97202 503-236-3346 Pine State Biscuits’ Website Pine State Biscuits on Facebook