I think biscuits & gravy should be declared the official signature dish of Portland. Not because we invented it or do it better than anyone else, but because it’s who we really are. It may have come from the South, but it was brought here by loggers. For better or worse, the dish is starting to get fancy.
Biscuits and gravy are a symbol of Portland’s growth and changing identity as a city. And like B&G, we’re gettin’ above our raisin’. I wrote a thing about this for Roads & Kingdoms.