My friend Burl lives all the way in Coos Bay, which is roughly a 4 hour drive from Portland. We share a love of shooting guns, and dining on delicious meat. When in his neck of the woods we like to go out into the middle of nowhere and fire off a few hundred rounds, and when he's up in the Portland area we try to get together and check out some of the delicious animals being served at local eateries.
This time when he came to visit we decided to go waaaaaaay out of my comfort zone, and travel across the river to Podnah's Pit BBQ.
As you can see, it's a super classy joint - the patrons outside are wearing tuxedos! (okay, okay, your typical Portland tuxedo of jeans, tennis shoes and either a sweatshirt, North Face jacket or a leather jacket).
They have a very well stocked bar, with comfy stools, and a great rustic aesthetic that runs through the entire restaurant.
The bar is super spacious and looks like a great place to cozy up to and grab a slab of meat and a beer (or in my case a ginger ale).
We arrived for lunch at around 2:00pm. The dining area isn't huge, so I'd expect a line during peak hours. Look how happy everyone is! These are smiles clearly brought on my delicious meat, right?
We only had to wait about 5 minutes for a table, and in Portland, the land of the 2 hour wait for a meal it felt like we won the lottery. Check out the tagline at the bottom of the menu. One of the many fabulous things about the dining scene in Portland is that so many places make EVERYTHING themselves.
Burl and I cozied in and spent about 20 minutes carefully deciding what to get. There were so many options. I thought about ordering the Pit Boss, in the name of research for the blog of course. It is comprised of 1/4 lb brisket, 1/4 lb pulled pork, 2 pork ribs, 1 sausage link, cornbread and two sides for $21.25 - but after careful consideration I realized there wasn't any realistic chance of me being able to finish it, so I passed.
Instead I ordered the St. Helens Brisket (smoked 10 hours) which comes with two sides and cornbread ($14.50).
My pile of brisket was so soft and melt in your mouth delicious that it kind of had the appearance that it had already been chewed. I assure you this isn't the case! It was very, very good, melty, rich, salty, I could have happily gobbled up an additional heaping pile.
The first of my sides was Texas Caviar (black eyed pea salad). It was brimming with jalapenos and red onions and had a delicious vinegar-y bite to it.
For my other side I chose Coleslaw, as I had heard it was fantastic. It was coleslaw. Nothing exceptional, but I was pleased to find it too contained jalapenos.
Burl also chose the St Helens Brisket. If you look carefully at the upper right corner you'll see that I've caught him photographing his meal too - it's nice not to be the only camera wielding person at the table.
Burl's brisket was visually far more appetizing than mine, but tasted equally great.
He chose BBQ Beans as a side and he really liked them. He kept trying to get me to sample them, but I'm just not a fan of baked beans, I couldn't bring myself to try them.
For his second side, Burl chose Potato Salad. It was your standard, run of the mill potato salad, but presented very nicely.
If you'd like to check out Podnah's Pit BBQ for yourself, they are located at 1625 NE Killingsworth in Portland. Their website is podnahspit.com. They are open Monday - Thursday from 11:00am - 9:00pm, Friday from 11:00am - 10:00pm, Saturday from 9:00am - 10:00pm. and Sunday from 9:00am - 9:00pm.
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