Best Of 2019

Best Place to Watch Westerns While Eating Biscuits and Veggie Gravy: Boomtown Biscuits & Whiskey

Last March, former Hungry Bros. food truck co-owner PJ Neumann opened Boomtown Biscuits & Whiskey in Pendleton and hired Food Network alum Christian Gill to head the kitchen (Gill has appeared on Guy Fieri’s Guy’s Big Project and Guy’s Grocery Games). Boomtown’s concept is more than just Southern biscuits and whiskey — it’s meant to evoke the 1800s-era American frontier, hence the name “boomtown.” They play into the concept by showing Westerns on the TV above the bar — both vintage and modern, like the Coen Brothers’ The Ballad of Buster Scruggs — and via menu names like the Gold Fashioned craft cocktail or Camp Stew chili. And while the Wild West may be all grit and gunpowder, if you aren’t the type to take your meal with an infusion of animal protein, their classic biscuits and gravy option comes vegified. Order one of their disk-like biscuits and a side of winter onion veggie gravy (the only vegetarian option), served in a gravy boat meant for dunking the golden nuggets. The signature biscuit isn’t a run-of-the-mill thousand-layer flaked baked good. It’s a buttery, soft disc with a close crumb and a browned, lightly bubbled top that no breakfast chain can compete with. If you do eat meat, try all three other gravies in the Gold Shoes plate biscuit and gravy flight. Boomtown Biscuits & Whiskey, 1201 Broadway St., Pendleton, boomtownbiscuitsandwhiskey.com.