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Best Biscuits & Gravy - Portland


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.

Mar 12, 2008
The Ice Queen in Metro Portland

Best Biscuits & Gravy - Portland

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
-- Buffalo Gap: Gigantic, dense cut biscuits (grilled on cut side, which can add a slight greasy aftertaste) topped with flavorful plate-licking-good gravy with ample bits of sausage. I recommend ordering another side of gravy to pour on top because once you've finished, you'll no doubt wish you had more.
-- Fat Albert's: Tasty cut biscuits topped with sausage-less gravy. Sausage links served on the side offer no real benefit to a rather bland gravy.
-- Fat City: Arrived late in the day, so was given an overflowing plate of crumbled up drop biscuits without enough of the flavorful sausage gravy to balance them out
-- Genie’s: Dense drop biscuits, with sometimes overly crunchy peaks, smothered in a hearty sausage dotted gravy
-- Gracie’s: Greasy, flat cheddar-flecked cut biscuits swimming in underwhelming, salty sausage gravy
-- O’Connor’s: Overly soft and relatively flat cut biscuits covered in a very chunky, yet fairly flavorless sausage gravy*

*Not a regular breakfast menu item. Can be found only as a special.

Places left to try:
Bertie Lou’s
Industrial Café
Pine State Biscuits
Screen Door
Tin Shed

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?

Mar 05, 2008
The Ice Queen in Metro Portland