Mad Girl Eats Pine State Biscuits, Portland

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Pine State Biscuits, 2204 NE Alberta St, Portland, OR.

Biscuits, who doesn’t love a warm, fluffy, piece of heaven?! I heard the name of this place and I didn’t need to know more, they had me at Biscuits. I arrived around 9:45 a.m. on a Friday, to a line out the door to the corner. The line moved swiftly and found myself at the counter to order within 10-15 minutes.

I order The Reggie, a biscuit sandwich with fried chicken, bacon, cheese, and yummy thick gravy. Because I can’t find good pimento cheese just anywhere, I opted for a side biscuit and pimento cheese to round out my order. In full need of a cuppa joe, they gave me a mug as coffee is self-serve. I liked that idea, because I could refill when I needed….not when someone got around to me. In the morning, that means life or death to some. Me.

The place was packed and had a constant flow of new arrivals. When one space emptied, immediately it was filled. I found a seat at the counter that surrounds the grill area. It was entertaining to watch the precision of the staff getting orders out as rapid as possible. No slouching staff here!  Ooh…my order was up, and conveniently grabbed from across the bar.

It all looked incredible. ..and I was starving. First up, the biscuit and pimento cheese. The biscuit was perfection, the pimento cheese was one of the best I’ve ever had. Creamy, sharp, flavorful. Happy. The Reggie was a sight to behold. What could go wrong with fried chicken, bacon, cheese and gravy??? Absolutely freakin nothing! Ohh man, the flavors together were of course phenomenal, but that topping of gravy put it over the edge. If I had one regret, I wish I would have ordered an extra side of gravy. I like my biscuits wet, I’m just that kind of girl 😉

Get here if you’re in Portland. Cool place, good menu and prices, fab food, nice and hardworking staff. It’s a winner.

Hours: Mon-Wed: 7am-3pm, Thurs: 7am-11pm, Fri-Sat: 7am-1am, Sun: 7am-11pm

Free on-street parking in nice neighborhood setting. Usual lines, limited seating indoors and out but table turnover is fairly quick. Bus your own table.  Enjoy!

As seen on Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives, Food Paradise, Unique Eats.

http://pinestatebiscuits.com

4.5 out of 5 biscuit-loving thumbs up!

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Mad Girl Eats Hash House A Go Go

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Hash House A Go Go, in the Plaza hotel, 1 S. Main St., Las Vegas, NV. Many more locations.

Hash House A Go Go is more than just a breakfast spot serving hash. It has a full menu for breakfast, brunch, lunch, and dinner…shouting their theme of Twisted Farm Food! The food porn above has you reeling, dying to know what the heck that behemoth dish is, right? Dinner. Andy’s Sage Fried Chicken and Bacon Waffles. Yeah, I know….holy buckets, let’s dive in and feast ’til we pass out!

Tender juicy chicken, light and luscious bacon waffles, maple reduction with fried leeks…it’s all just too much to take in. Honestly, you can’t go wrong with herb fried chicken, then add sweet and savory bacon waffles and top it with liquefied deliciousness. Moaning…..

It’s heavy duty, so makes a perfect dinner to share, readying you for a long night flipping your wig in Vegas 😉 As seen in Bon Appetit, and on the Travel Channel, Man Vs Food, the Rachel Ray Show, and countless others.

Located inside the newly remodeled Plaza hotel, downtown Las Vegas.

Hours: Sun-Thurs 7am-11pm, Fri-Sat, 7am-1am.

http://hashhouseagogo.com

4.5 out of 5 tastebud screamin’points.

Mad Girl Eats Crisp, Chicago

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Crisp, 2940 N Broadway St, Chicago, IL.

It is all about the chicken, ‘Bad-ass bird’ to be exact. Korean style, crispy, unbelievable, chicken. Throw in some Korean sauce, it is killer chicken.

I heard great things about this superbly fried chicken that needed to be investigated upon my next trip to Chicago. Fast forward to driving thru downtown Chicago in the summer and weaving my way to the cool neighborhood of Lakeview, just north of downtown’s epic center.

Crisp’s menu is more extensive than just a chicken, but I wanted to keep it simple and straightforward. I ordered the Seoul Sassy half chicken. A slight sweetness in the sauce but with fine ingredients of ginger, soy, garlic, and other “secret” spices. It hardly took any time at all to get my order, I went and sat at one of their communal picnic tables and prepared for greatness.

Once the box opened ( I was at first going to take out then decided to stay and eat), the aroma of the sauce was intoxicating and what I saw was….food porn. Boom shacka lacka. OMG from the first bite to the last. Crispy delectable outer, with a moist and luscious inner. Seoul Sassy sauce is extraordinary. None of the spices overpower the others, just a freaking perfect blend of huge flavor. Messy, sticky goodness.

If I wasn’t hitting the road directly after my Crisp experience, I would have ordered more. I’ll be back Crisp, next visit to try a Buddha Bowl, or maybe a Korean Burrito. Either way, can’t go wrong.

A parking lot on the corner. You will pay for parking, but convience and easy of in and out is worth it…and it is Chicago. They offer delivery to a specific area, look at their website for particulars.

http://crisponline.com

Hours: Mon-Sun 11:30am to 9pm

As seen on the Cooking Channel, Unique Eats.

5 out of 5 sassy saucy smackaroos.

Mad Girl Eats Perk Eatery in Scottsdale

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Perk Eatery, 6501 E Greenway Pkwy, #159, Scottsdale, AZ.

Up early with the sun in the beautiful desert oasis of dreamy Scottsdale, I wanted an inventive, hearty, and flavorful breakfast to start my busy day. One glance at Perk Eatery’s menu and I set my GPS to quickest route.

On their Special-of-the-Day board, I hit the jackpot with their Wine Country French Toast. Thick pieces of French toast stuffed with brie cheese, topped with roasted red grapes and red wine rosemary syrup. Jealous?! Ha! Beautiful beautiful breakfast dish. Perfect with my fresh hot coffee. Me being me, I did toss on a tad of maple syrup…I like it gooey loaded 😉 That was a special treat I hope to have once again.

While there I had to taste test an egg dish. In keeping with the theme of being in the Southwest, desert, cowboys, bad boys, I was intrigued by the ingredients of The Outlaw Scramble…get a load of this. Three eggs, chopped ham, bacon, sausage, sautéed onions, green peppers all smothered with cheddar cheese and topped with cilantro jalapeno sauce. OMG. Hefty but dang, the flavors were incredible edible and not too fiery spicy. I’m a sauce lover and the cilantro jalapeno that topped this magnificent mega meal was one I couldn’t get enough of. Deeeee-licious!

Fab menu for breakfast and lunch. Can’t go wrong here, using as much fresh, local and organic foods as possible.

As seen on Guy Fieri’s Food Network show, Diner’s, Drive-In’s and Dives.

In a nice shopping center with free lot parking. Yay! Hours: 6:30am-3pm daily.

http://perkeatery.com

4.5 out of lipmaking points.

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