I had only one day in Portland and time for only one meal away from the hotel. Lucky me - the desk clerk suggested Veritable Quandary or as it is known locally, V.Q. It was only four blocks from Hotel 50.
I went for a late lunch and fortunately, they were still serving at 2:30. The outside patio is absolutely beautiful and relaxing. I can't recommend it strongly enough. The menu is basic but the preparations are top-notch. Extremely high quality ingredients well-prepared.
I had a Reuben that was absolutely the best I've ever had. It came with a small mountain of hand-cut, freshly-cooked, skin-on fries. I also had a dish of Oregon berries with ice cream and chantilly cream. Talk about gilding the lily. The ice cream was terrific, but who needs anything on berries that good?
The waitress was sweet but spacey. She managed to get the entire order wrong, but she was really nice about fixing it, which she did quickly. She didn't know why the restaurant had that name, which seemed odd. With so unusual a name, you'd think they'd get that question a lot and that the staff would have been told the answer. She also didn't know about Chowhound. I always find that amazing - that so few restaurant people seem to know about Chowhound. Especially in a food-oriented town like Portland.
Anyway, I am looking forward to returning to Portland (as always) and will definitely be returning to this restaurant.