The Ice Queen's Profile
I tried Podnah’s b&g last weekend. After giving up on the long line at Gravy (will try again soon) I was pleasantly surprised that Podnah’s was virtually empty at 11am. As the order of b&g was placed before me, my mouth was salivating in anticipation at the delicious plate of sausage filled goodness before me. Unfortunately, the first bite revealed an insanely salty gravy. The next bite was overly spicy (due to the sausage, no doubt) and salty. Bite after bite: more of the same. While the biscuits were perfect (especially when topped with some jam), the gravy left much to be desired. I might try this spot one more time because it seems like maybe it was just a really off day.
That experience also leads me to wonder: Why would you ever let food leave the kitchen without first having tasted it? When asked about the salt and spice levels, the server said he wasn’t sure what was going on because he hadn’t tasted it that day. But, shouldn’t someone in the kitchen have noticed at least the saltiness, if not the spiciness (as that can be more of a preference thing)?
Industrial Café proved that Gears and Gravy can go perfectly together. After my disappointing Podnah’s visit, I honestly had very little hope of finding good b&g at this quirky little breakfast spot. That all changed the moment I took my first taste of those silly gear shaped biscuits. They were perfectly soft and fluffy. And when coupled with the light sage-flavored sausage gravy, they added up to something truly divine.
I've made it my mission to seek out the best biscuits & gravy around Portland. While I've just begun, the journey thus far has proven delicious.
Here is a recap of my journey to date:
-- Bannings: Fluffy cut biscuits in a simple (read: no sausage chunks) peppery gravy
*Not a regular breakfast menu item. Can be found only as a special.
Places left to try:
I’d love to hear about your favorite b&g! Help me decide which spot to try next.
Am I missing any on my list?