Welcome to another episode of Diners, Drive-ins and Dive!
Brunch is my thing. I will not be happy if I left a city without a brunch experience. Brunch is my definition of spending quality relax time because you wake up too late for breakfast but not waste too much time until lunch hour. However, as brunch becomes a thing in this generation… If you’re not up early enough, you might just end up in a line wasting the majority of your quality relax time.
Pine State Biscuits is another one on my Triple D to go list. They did not just appeared on Guy Fieri’s Triple D but was also on another Food Network show Guilty Pleasures. Oh yea… It is a guilty pleasure for sure.
We got there just before 11am and there was a line all around the corner of the building. It was a shorter wait than expected as the wait did not last more than 30 minutes. You go up to the cashier and order, then you have find your own seats. Servers will bring you the food when it is ready and you will have to clean up after yourself. Did not expect it was a self serve restaurant but no big deal.
I will start with the biscuits because they are all the same biscuit used for different dishes. The biscuit is on point! This is the first time I had a biscuit soft and moist like this ever. I always hesitate when it comes to scones and biscuits. It is very hard to have it done right like this.
The Reggie Deluxe $9
The signature you want to order is definitely the Reggie or the Reggie Deluxe. It is a biscuit sandwich with fried chicken, bacon, cheese, gravy, and topped with an egg if you are on the deluxe.
I must say the biscuit is the star of every dish. It’s so good that I don’t really think the dish has any flaw. Until I realize that the fried chicken is not crispy enough when I’m at least half way through the dish. The gravy is great and flavourful. I wish they gave more gravy. The egg wasn’t runny so that’s a bummer. If the egg was running, it would go so well with the gravy and biscuit.
Steak Club $8
Like I mentioned, they all come with the same biscuit. The Steak Club is seared steak with tomato, mixed greens, and housemade blue cheese or ranch.
The steak is tender and flavourful. I honestly think this is better than the fried chicken. The blue cheese dressing goes really well with the steak and biscuit. It was better if you shared. It could get a little bit too overwhelmed if you are eating this alone.
Fresh Seasonal Fruit & Whipped Cream $5
This is the only item on the combo that is a sweet biscuit dish. I am not too sure about “fresh seasonal fruit”… It seems to me the strawberries were not that fresh at all. They look like they have been sitting in some kind of syrup for a long time, almost like canned fruit. It came with the savory so we had to have it sit there in the heat before we get to eat it. Fortunate enough that the whipped cream survived and it was not that gross when we dig in. There’s nothing bad about it other than the fruit was kind of disappointing. It does not taste anything like sugar so I am sure they kept it natural and fresh. But it would be nice to see just more than strawberries.
Hash Ups $7
To satisfy Sav’s brunch or breakfast desires, we ordered the Hash Ups which is technically hash browns with a choice of steak or country ham and melted cheese. We went with steak.
I love this and I think it is a great addition to just having biscuits. The hash is really crispy and seasoned well. It was up to Sav’s expectation, meaty and hearty. I however thought it was a little too heavy. Carbs, steak and cheese? Sounds like a heart attack to me. Sharing is fine but you would not want to eat that all by yourself.
Highly recommended! Pine State Biscuits has 4 different locations, you can never miss them no matter where you are staying in Portland. They make their biscuit fresh in all locations and really cannot find a reason why you should not be visiting. This is great to start off the day with before your shopping and adventures. Great for brunch if you are planning a lazy and late start for the day. If you are not a biscuit fan, trust me, they will change your appetite and make you enjoy biscuits they way everyone should be. Remember, expect line ups.
Wonder how I spent 72 hours in PDX? Read more about this trip here. #natblogsPDX