This was the first time I went to Podnah’s Pit for brunch service! I sat on a bench not 5 feet away from Carrie Brownstein for the duration of my meal, making it a stereotypical Portland Sunday.
I had catfish and grits, which isn’t on the regular brunch menu. I’ve been wanting to try their catfish for some time now to no avail since it is only available for dinner on Fridays after 5 pm. My next target is their fried chicken which is only served on Wednesdays after 5.
The catfish was good but nothing to write home about. I guess I can’t fault them since they are a BBQ joint and their meat is so spectacular. What I liked: the fish wasn’t dry. What I didn’t like: the cornmeal batter was a bit on the thick side and I definitely could’ve used more seasoning. Arguably, that’s what the table sauces are for but I shouldn’t have to douse my food in sauce to get a bit of flavor.
This was also my premier experience with their biscuits and grits. The grits were some of the best I’ve ever had, creamy and not bland (for grits). The biscuit was nicely crisp on the outside and soft on the inside. Their cornbread is still better, though.
When the bill came I was pleasantly surprised that this dish only runs for $10. In fact, all of Podnah’s brunch offerings are affordably $10 or less!