Portland >Food & Dining > Podnah's Bbq
1469 NE Prescott, Portland, OR | Directions 9721145.555529 -122.650166
Neighborhoods: Sabin, Northeast Coalition of Neighborhoods
Restaurant of the year-awarded & praise-worthy sides that round out the racks and brisket. Sat. and Sun. mornings, check the board for breakfast specials.
Will never return – I loved Podnah's, it was one of my favorite BBQ restaurants around.
The sides were mediocre, but the Blue Cheese Wedge was delicious, chili was very good, the brisket is amazing, and it is real smoked meat that is not hidden by sauce. Very good quality ingredients and real home cookin.
That is the good.
Now- the bad-
tonight's experience was ridiculous enough for me to immediately post this and decide to boycott ever going back.
We called to order takeout- were told they were "too busy to take takeout calls, to come in and order". We were aware that they tend to run out of some meats since they smoke only a certain amount, so we had a backup for what we may want.
Upon arriving to order takeout we found out they were out of brisket and pork?! Wow. This didn't make us angry, just annoyed. Of course- it isn't their fault.
However, they do run out of SOMETHING every single day. Figure out how much you need and make enough people.
So this left only ribs, trout and chicken. We decided a whole rack of ribs. Then we were told that though they had plenty of ribs to give us a rack they wouldn't because they had a wait list and the people waiting MAY want to order ribs- they couldn't sell us any more than 3 ribs!?!?!
But they could give us trout. Not even chicken because they didn't have enough if the people STILL WAITING wanted chicken.
So if I want anything except 3 ribs and trout I am out of Luck.
Keep in mind they HAD THE RIBS AND THE CHICKEN! THEY HAD ENOUGH, but they were turning us away in case the people that were waiting wanted ribs.
So pretty much, the people that were waiting were more important than us- even though we were there- ready to order NOW, those people on the wait list got priority- just IN CASE they wanted a lot of ribs and a lot of chicken.
Screw that- I will take BBQ I like a little less over that any day. they are full of themselves and were very rude in telling us, no apology even.
I will go to russell street.
Great BBQ – Ribs were meaty, juicy and tender. Great smoked flavor and yummy bark. Brisket was the best I have ever had, moist and fork tender. Smoked Trout hash was to die for some of the best trout I have ever had. And the Biscuits were Delish as well. Service was good :)
Great All Around – Vaguely remembered a BBQ sign on the corner of 15th and Prescott, since we were in the area, we decided to check it out. Started with a pitcher of Anchor Steam, so even if the food was bad it wouldn't have been a wasted trip. But the food was great! We had Brisket and pulled pork and they were both awesome! I love their Virginia style spicy vinegar. Their coleslaw was awesome, not drippy and creamy, but sweet and vinegary. Yum! Their greens were awesome as well. Must try! Service was awesome too!
We were scared....Portland does NOT know BBQ....but guess what? Podnahs was excellent! Very tasty! We had a brisket sandwich, greens, smoked ruby trout, black eyed pea salad, and frito pie. The brisket was tender and delicious. The trout was served whole stuffed with lemon and seasoning....tender and flavorful. They make their own hot sauce and it is yummy. Never had b.e.p. salad but I'll be looking for it again.....tasty. Really I cant say enough about how much we enjoyed Podnahs. After trying so many places just to be disappointed, it was nice to leave stuffed and happy! I'm from Georgia/Tennessee and was starting to wonder if I'd have to go home for a good plate of BBQ. Thanks Podnahs!
Special Smoked Prime Rib - Amazing! – A group of guys enjoyed trying Podnah's last night after learning that they would be making their special smoked prime rib this weekend. We had a large group (10) so we contacted them in advance and they held a table for us. 8 of us had the prime rib and everyone thought that it was great. Cooked perfectly. Another had the brisket and thought it was excellent. Last guy had the pulled pork sandwich and also liked it very much. Go to their website and sign up for the e-mail newsletter. That's how I heard about the prime rib. We changed our plans to go to Podnah's after receiving the e-mail and it was a smart move. We will be back.
If you're looking for great bbq stop in, if you're looking for romance move along – The room is pretty bare bones (no pun), and the seating is fairly limited, but if you're looking for the real deal look no further. This place is fanatastic. From the rub, to the real hardwood smokin', to the sauces it's hard to beat Podnah's. And not just in Portland, I'm from the South, and there are few places I've been to that can compare. The ribs, chicken, pulled pork, or my personal favorite the lamb ribs are all outstanding. The sides are great, but not as amazing. But you have to like a vinegar based cole slaw (not creamy), and the black-eyed pea salad is the best for what it is. Pecan pie was good, too (although once it was a little dry). Definitely worth the wait, but I usually do take-out, so I don't have to bother.
place is small but not that bad, food is okay too. real bbq though. I appreciate their efforts... – very similar to clay's, kind of run down small place without much ambience...yum yum's? that place is little too wacky for me, and I didn't even mind the Reo's ribs decor...Campbell's has great ambience and food, and like the Podna's, they have good meat. They both have good beers and wine. Sides? Campbell's have good sides like the Russell street, but Russell street is little bit snobbish undeservingly. Because Russell street is not your real bbq joint, it's a fusion bbq. I know they make their bbq in a pellet burning smoker, not a real wood-fire bbq. Podna's and Campbell's uses real wood-fire bbq. Which are two of my favorite joints. Sometimes it's not consistent, but I'll settle for real bbq than gas fired or pellet smoking bbq.
TOOK TOO LONG FOR THE BAD FOOD, AND IT WAS EXPENSIVE, TINY LITTLE PLACE,NO SEATING! – THEY PRIDE ON USING ONLY OAK WOOD WHICH EMITS MILD TOXINS....WHATEVER, FOOD WAS TOO CHEWY AND I CAN'T BELIEVE I DROVE OUT TO THAT LITTLE 6FEET WIDE NARROW ROOM AND HAD TO WAIT HALF HOUR FOR THE FOOD...PRICE? I KNOW THAT ECONOMY IS SLOW, BUT WHY IS IT SO EXPENSIVE? EMPLOYEES LOOK LIKE THEY HAVE BEEN SMOKING SOMETHING ALL DAY...I DON'T KNOW HOW THEY COOK IN A CLEAN MANNER IN THAT LITTLE DIRTY KITCHEN.....THERE IS NO WAY IT CAN BE SANITARY.....
Podnah's sets the standard for Texas BBQ in Portland. – I keep going back to Podnah's again and again, and everyone I've taken there has loved it. Podnah's ribs depend on the smoke for their flavor. They have some nice sauces for supplements, but the smoked meat all by itself is wonderful. The sides are OK (I'm partial to the beans and coleslaw), but the meat is the reason I keep coming back.
The restaurant is pretty small and the staff sometimes has the music too loud for comfortable conversation, but there's some sidewalk seating in the summer that allows you to escape the noise (their choice in music is, in my judgment, noise at any volume).
Best Pork BBQ – The BBQ was great - I had BBQ Pork sandwich that was delicious and my date had awesome BBQ chicken. The side coleslaw was fresh and crisp - soo good! I've tried different BBQ places in the area and was so happy to find an fun 'hole in the wall' restaurant that has a great personality, friendly staff, and delicious food!
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