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Podnah's Pit BBQ

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1625 NE Killingsworth St, Portland, OR 97211-4929
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11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Closed now
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Sun 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Mon - Thu 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Sat 9:00 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Late Night, Brunch, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff

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  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Great taste

Not a huge selection, but what they have is outstanding. Bbq sauces were outstanding. Definitely Texas roots (Podnuh means partner in Texan.) Sides are definitely southern. No fries if you are looking for something 'safe'. Would be glad to come back and bring others.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Paul C
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Not a huge selection, but what they have is outstanding. Bbq sauces were outstanding. Definitely Texas roots (Podnuh means partner in Texan.) Sides are definitely southern. No fries if you are looking for something 'safe'. Would be glad to come back and bring others.

Thank Paul C
Hillsboro, Oregon
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269 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2015

I had been meaning to stop here since I saw it on Triple-D. Took a work associate from out of town and was not disappointed. Plan on a long wait during the weekend and other peak times. We were lucky and got seated right away since we were only a party of two. I had the Prime Rib special and... More 

Thank Trafcon
Ashland, Oregon
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34 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2015

We'll keep this review short and succulent. While on vacation in Portland recently, we grabbed some BBQ at Podnah's. my two-word summary of the quality?...that would be their Pulled Pork plate...the best I've experienced in my 50+ year search for top quality BBQ. Really, really tasty! Go there!

Thank swingman4
Walla Walla, Washington
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3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2015

The food's good. The staff and customers make the experience even better. I can't award full marks because it's a BBQ joint and I'm spoiled by having had some of the best BBQ on the planet in eastern North Carolina, Georgia, Texas, and Memphis. Podnah's does a great job for not having BBQ in their DNA. It's the best I've... More 

Thank Unrepentant_Omnivore
Boise, Idaho
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27 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2015

Excellent BBQ and very good sides. I had the combination platter known as "The PItboss" which gives you beef brisket, pulled pork, pork ribs, and a sausage link, cornbread and my two sides were BBQ Beans and Collard Greens. What a feast! One of the best meals I have had in Portland. I could not finish it all because it... More 

Thank Milestogo007
Yakima, Washington
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85 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015

The pork ribs were fairly tender and had fairly good flavor. Not outstanding like some of the reviews mentioned, maybe because it was later on Sunday evening? The best part of my meal was the flavorful cheesy broccoli side dish, much tastier (and healthier?) compared to the popular mac'n cheese. Our waitress Justine provided excellent, personable service!

Thank asis76
Chandler, Arizona, United States
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43 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2015

First night in PDX and stopped in for some BBQ based on other reviews; glad we did! No wait on a Tuesday night around 7:30pm. Took advantage of the daily special (all day rib and draft happy hour) and enjoyed a local cider. We ordered the chopped brisket sandwich, green chili mac n' cheese, cornbread, and the ribs ($50). The... More 

Thank N_Smith_AZ
Redondo Beach, California
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165 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2015

I mean, who doesn’t love messy, delicious bbq? This place is worth the wait, and yes you will be waiting about 30-45 minutes for a table. My best recommendation is to either order the sampler meal or make sure everyone orders something different and eat everything you can. The brisket was my favorite.

Thank Janice N
Vancouver, Canada
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192 reviews
96 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 275 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2015 via mobile

Visited with friends after reading reviews. I must say the place itself is not bad, the service was good and friendly, the food was very very good but a group of 4 youngsters at the adjoining table were loud and couple that with loud music was a little bit annoying. The food we had, pulled pork, brisket, were fantastic. All... More 

Thank Jpart
Portland, OR
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22 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2015

Delicious barbecue and we usually bring guests when they are in town. The meat is good and the sides are always tasty - we usually try to order a variety of food and share.

Thank LuluPDX

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1625 NE Killingsworth St, Portland, OR 97211-4929
  • Location: United States  >  Oregon (OR)  >  Portland
  • Phone Number: 503-281-3700

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 10 - 15
  • Cuisine: Barbecue

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children
Open Hours
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
9:00 am - 10:00 pm

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