Podnahs Pit Barbecue (for breakfast!)

1469 NE Prescott St
(503) 281-3700
get there via trimet
find a bike route
NEW HOURS: Saturday & Sunday, 9-12

There have been some changes recently, so it's time to revisit this review once again.

First of all, the hours for breakfast have changed: they are now 9-12 Saturday & Sunday.

The menu is still short, but there is a new entry: a breakfast burrito with salsa. It's $5 for the potato, egg and cheese version, $8 for the potato, egg, cheese and sausage version. The burrito comes in the form of two thick cylinders that Austinites, Houstonians, and Taco Cabana fans will recognize as giant breakfast tacos. As is traditional, the potatoes are in tender chunklets, ready to absorb all the deliciousness from the sliced jalapenos, sliced green onions, and other ingredients. These "burritos" are luscious on their own, but add Podnah's kick-ass, habit-forming salsa for a real treat.

Kolaches are still on the menu as well -- they just weren't this weekend because of a number of mechanical mishaps that happened last week.

Here's the menu (current 10/5/2007):

Biscuits & Gravy $5.50, with 2 eggs $7
Smoked Trout Hash $7.50, with 2 eggs $9
Ham, Grits & Eggs $8
Kolaches $2 each
Coffee $2
Fresh OJ $3
Mimosa $4.50

Both biscuits & gravy and grits are foods that are often really fantastic at home, and really underwhelming in restaurants. There are really very few restaurants in town that do either well. But if anyone can do these well, I think it would be Podnahs. And they do.

We ordered the Biscuits & Gravy, and Ham, Grits and Eggs, and each of them were excellent. The biscuits and gravy were your classic country gravy, studded with big pieces of breakfast sausage. The gravy was excellently seasoned, and honestly, it's the best gravy I've had outside my own. The biscuits were simultaneously crisp and flaky. As well as golden brown and delicious. Yum.

The Ham, Grits and Eggs, were a big slice of really decent ham, with really wonderfully creamy grits, and eggs any style. I ordered them soft scrambled, and they were quite creamy too. The grits were just plain great -- rich, and humble and wonderful -- one of the better grits I've had in a restaurant.

We sat next to someone who was having the Trout Hash, who said that he just couldn't order anything but the Trout Hash because it was so good. I would have asked to have a bite, but I think that he might have assaulted me.

And, I do know Rodney because of the frequency of my visits to Podnah's, but really -- the breakfast here is one of the best in town. And if you're looking for breakfast tacos, biscuits & sausage gravy, trout hash, or grits, you really can't go wrong here.

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November 19, 2007 | Permalink | Comments (2)


patrick said:

oh wow-- THIS I gotta try. Thanks VJ, you're my eyes and ears out there!

Sarah said:

I moved here from Austin last year and haven't been able to find kolaches or breakfast tacos ANYWHERE in this otherwise perfect city! Thanks so much, I'm heading to Podnahs now!



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