People who know me fairly well will know television is basically my social life. My major entertainment is Asian dramas and variety shows but I am also a huge fan of Border Security and almost all Food Network shows. If you got the chance to go over my phone, you will be able to find numerous lists of places to eat based on different Food Network shows. One of my favourite is Guy Fieri’s Triple D – Diners, Drives-in and Dives.
Sav pulled out the Triple D list and made a call to go to Podnah’s Pit Barbecue which happens to be not far away from our Airbnb stay. Let’s just say he made a great call for once!
Podnah’s Pit was on Guy Fieri’s Triple D. I found out later that Podnah’s Pit was also on Ted Allen’s Best. Ever.
First thing you will notice is that nice smoky smell at the restaurant. The second thing you would notice are the sauces on each table.
The sauces include a vinegar, a barbeque, a mustard and pure honey. All of them are housemade sauces, except for the honey of course. The vinegar and mustard has a little bit of spice in it. I honestly barely used any sauces for my plate. Not because the sauces are not great, it is just that the sauces would easily cover up the nice smokey favours. It is a personal preference after all. I am not a huge fan of strong flavours. I like to keep my taste natural and original most of the time.
We ordered Creekstone Farms All Natural Brisket (smoked for 10 hours) $17.5 USD , 1/2 rack of St. Louis Cut Pork Ribs (smoked for 4 hours) $21.5 USD , 2 House Smoked Links $5 USD each, and the Friday special Fried Catfish.
We were all very satisfied with what we ordered, except for the Fried Catfish. Let’s just say the Fried Catfish was a mistake… The breading is thick and we could barely taste the catfish in that batter and seasoning is nowhere to be found. I get it, it is a smoke house. Now that we thought of it, we all regretted and wondered why we would want to try catfish but not pullpork.
Anyways, this is a very satisfying meal. The brisket and ribs were both very tender and flavourful. I wasn’t able to tell what was in the link but other than ground meat, I believe there are mixtures of herbs and other spices. The rub and smokiness on the meat is beyond excellent.
The portion we ordered was just right. You might question us. Really? For 4 people that looks like small meal. You’re wrong. It wasn’t the mains that fed us. It was the sides.
Just so you know, for first time diners at Podnah’s Pit… I highly recommend ordering the The Pitboss $26 USD. It might be too much for one but it would be just right for two. The best thing is that you get 1/4lb brisket, 1/4lb pulled pork, 2 pork ribs, 1 sausage link, cornbread & choice of 2 sides. Basically everything you would need to try on their menu.
At Podnah’s Pit, each plate comes with 2 sides of your choice and a piece of cornbread. Side choices include:
- Potato Salad
- BBQ Beans
- Collard Greens
- Black-eyed Pea Salad (Texas Caviar)
- Pinto Beans
Individual order for each side is $3.25 USD each (Cornbread $1.75 USD each). For each meal to come with 2 sides and a cornbread, their prices are quite a deal meal. Side specials for the night was dirty rice with sausages, mac & cheese, and a broccoli salad. Those are the 3 sides we ordered. We also ordered a potato salad, coleslaw, and the black-eyed pea salad.
Dirty rice and mac & cheese were my favourite. Everything else was great except for the black-eyed pea salad. There was a little too much vinaigrette for my taste preference. Cornbread was not to my liking. It was dry and salty. I like my cornbread moist, of course, with a sweeter taste.
Podnah’s Pit Barbecue should be on your Portland to go list. A lot of restaurants serve great food but you would not consider revisiting because there’s so many choices out there you want to try. However, I would tell you that Podnah’s Pit will make you consider a second revisit even you have a long list ahead of you. The guy next to our table is from Toronto and he ordered brisket to go so he can bring it home with him. Podnah’s Pit is certainly doing their job right and well. They made it on the show Best. Ever. for a reason and you better believe it.
Wonder how I spent 72 hours in PDX? Read more about this trip here. #natblogsPDX