Pine State Biscuits has opened up a small shop next to the Triple Nickel on SE Belmont and 36th. It had been a long while since I had visited Pine State down at the Park Blocks Farmers’ Market, but I remember them well.
Their shop is tiny, with three tables (6 chairs) and a bar along the side wall with 5 stools. Counter service is the name of the game, with the same menu as the cart. I got A Moneyball (biscuit, egg, mushroom gravy) and discovered they serve everything in those cardboard boats I remember from Baseball stadiums. They also have self-service coffee (Stumptown) and a selection of sodas. I had a Cheerwine.
The kitchen looks brand spanking new, and if the harder than optimal bottom of my biscuit is any evidence, they’re still getting the feel of their shiny new oven. Other than that, it was delicious. The Snowboarding Scientist’s simple biscuit and honey was perfectly baked. These biscuits are heartier than the quintessential Southern Biscuit: I imagine it is related to the grind of their flour. As far a I’m concerned, there’s no replacement for White Lily superfine self rising flour. There’s not a damn thing wrong with the Pine State biscuit, but pure southern tradition it is not. It’s another northwest original, and there’s not a damn thing wrong with it.
They aren’t cheap, and I forsee the Triple Nickel’s permanent outdoor seating getting busy before they open–aided using only disposable cutlery and dishes except a mismatched series of coffee mugs.
In other news, India 4U has moved into a house across the street from Pine State, from their old spot on 34th and Hawthorne.
Pine State Biscuits
3640 SE Belmont
Portland, OR 97214
hrs 7am-3pm, for now.