Thursday, May 14, 2015

Pine State Biscuits

1100 SE Division Street Suite 100
Happy Hour: 3 - 6 PM and 10 - close, Thursday through Sunday
www.pinestatebiscuits.com

Portland is BIG into brunch. It's been that way for years. I'm less interested--mostly because I'm usually too hungry to wait in line--but completely understand the hype. I've waited in enough of the lines to get that Portland is BIG into brunch because Portland knows how to do it. Thankfully, some of the best breakfast joints offer their goods during all hours of the day.


At Pine State Biscuits, you can enjoy their classic biscuit sandwiches--plus a few other favorites--at a discount during happy hour. It's only available Thursday through Sunday (because they close early the rest of the week) but offered during the late afternoon (3 to 6 PM) and again from 10 until they close.



Happy Hour discounts apply to food AND drinks. Pictured is a Poor Man's Hattan, complete with the tiny bottle of Maker's Mark. In addition to that bourbon, the mason jar drink included Peychaud's bitters, Cherrywine Soda, and one maraschino cherry.


The breakfast sandwiches at Pine State range from quite petite (something you can actually bite into) to the overabundant, how-am-I-gonna-fit-that-in-my-mouth, complete meal on a biscuit. During Happy Hour, the Reggie Deluxe--piled high with fried chicken, bacon, cheese, gravy, and a fried egg--is only $7.  Sure, it's only a two dollar savings from the regular menu...but it's everything you could imagine sandwiched between the two halves of a buttery biscuit that's made fresh daily.


For those of us not interested in all the meaty options, Pine State Biscuits does offer a few veggie versions of their breakfast sammies. The Regina--with its braised greens and Texas Pete Hot Sauce--and the classic Egg & Cheese are available at a discount during happy hour. Or you can go full price with a plate of biscuits and (shiitake mushroom) gravy.


And if you're looking for something a little less breakfast-y, the happy hour menu includes their homemade Andouille Sausage corndog. Served with a stir-it-yourself honey mustard, this corndog is ten times better than anything you'd find at the country fair.

Pine State definitely has its following...which is why you can find them in multiple locations (including the Portland Farmer's Market on Saturdays) and why their lines are sometimes just too long. If you're not up for the wait, take advantage of happy hour. You'll be glad you did.

Food: Exceeds
Drinks: Meets
Service: Meets (order at the bar)
Ambiance: Meets
Value: Meets

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