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The Reggie Sandwich: Pine State Biscuits

I try to keep a sharp eye on restaurant reviews here in the great city of Portland. And if you’ve watched episodes of shows on the Travel Channel or Food Network that featured Portland then Pine State Biscuits was probably mentioned. And it wasn’t hard for me to find this place as it’s literally four houses away from me. Their most famous offering is the Reggie sandwich, a mix of fried chicken, bacon, cheese and gravy laid between biscuits.

I felt like I was right to treat myself so I laid down for a take-out Reggie. This this is indeed super awesome. For starters, the bacon is perfect–neither crunchy or greasy–just bacon as it ought to be. The chicken is good, the biscuit is golden and tender. The gravy, just this perfect hint of cayenne. So hard to be financially responsible when this place can be walked toward quicker than it takes to tie my shoes.

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The Revolutionary Che(ese).

Went to Whole Foods today with a cheese craving, so I hit up the counter there and luckily my favorite guy was working.

I picked something on special, the Roth Kase Gran Queso, which was advertised as a Manchego-style cheese from Wisconsin. It was definitely a great mimic of a great cheese. A lot sweeter though, and I thought it crumbled in large, awkward pieces where good Manchegos tend to “shatter” more than crumble. Perfect saltiness. As for undertones and such, I don’t have a professional palette, but I was getting chalk and peaches, which are not notes I think I’ve gotten before. It wasn’t great but it was good cheese; testifies to the strength of America’s growing artisan cheese.

My cheese guy also recommended a soft goat cheese from Portugal called Palhais. I can’t say I remember ever having a Portuguese cheese before so it sounded fun. If cream cheese could only always taste this good! Much smoother and silkier in texture than most goat cheese. Saltier… almost too salty to eat, nice pinch of sour and absolutely creamy. I’d hit this again.

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