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Veritable Quandary
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $20 - $40
Cuisines: American
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Restaurant details
Good for: Bar scene, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Romantic
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Late Night, Lunch, Delivery, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Neighborhood: Downtown
Reviewed February 18, 2013

During our visit to Portland for the first weekend of their annual jazz festival, we met old friends for brunch, and they suggested this restaurant. It's been at least 30 years since I've had as nice a breakfast anywhere. The menu lists fewer than a dozen main dishes and another dozen or so smaller dishes and sides, but they are sufficiently varied and interesting to satisfy and challenge a wide range of tastes. My wife wanted something simple, and chose the steel-cut oatmeal. She's an oatmeal freak, and she described it as the best prepared she's had anywhere outside of her own kitchen. Our friends both went for French toast, and I ordered a scramble with house-smoked fresh-water trout served with roasted potatoes.I requested that the scramble be soft, and that's the way it was served, nicely prepared with fresh herbs. All portions were generous. Service was prompt, courteous, and attentive. The restaurant is pleasant and not terribly noisy. The only negative is its location -- it's in a dense part of downtown Portland, with little on-street parking, and the lot across the street will add about $5 to the cost of the meal.

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Thank JimBrown
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Reviewed February 5, 2013

Our walking tour guide recommended this restaurant as it was fairly close to the Waterfront conclusion of our excursion. The place was jammed with a Friday lunch crowd, but we decided to wait and we're glad we did. We will return on our next visit to Portland.

Thank Linda M
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Reviewed February 3, 2013

This is our second visit to VQ. The first time was for dinner a year ago. It was awesome. We were seated at the far end of the dining room. After that meal we thought we should return for brunch and take a seat in a booth in the bar area as it appeared so inviting. So, we did, 03 Feb. We were most pleased with the seating and brunch. Excelllant coffee and service. Ordered the special of the day (sirloin pieces on a skewer) and the Johnny Cakes (the VQ take on pancakes). The sirloin pieces were very tender and came with lovely sweet red peppers in a medley of fresh spinach, roasted baby onions and garlic with polenta cake. The vegetable medley had awesome flavors - good to the last bite! The Johnny Cakes (3) came with candied apples, syrup and roasted hazelnuts - yum. Total bill before tip was $33.00 and worth every penny. Can't wait to try other interesting combos on the brunch menu. Reservation are accepted for the dining room only. Bar seating is the small booths (4) or at the long bar.

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Thank Ted M
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Reviewed February 2, 2013

Wanted to try this out, and luck would have it - it was within walking distance from our downtown hotel (Mariott on the waterfront). We heard it can be packed, so we got there early. Brunch starts at 9:30 on the weekend. The menu had some interesting choices to choose from - the french toast options were wonderful, and we loved the Eggs Benedict and the potato cakes are delicious! The service was top notch! Price range was $12-15. I'd like to come back and try dinner and even eat in the bar which was classic old town.

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Thank Chowa-Rides-Again
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Reviewed January 31, 2013

I thoroughly enjoyed our meal sitting in the bar at VQ. Pate with prune jam on brioche, osso bucco, chevre tortellini, butter lettuce with bacon and egg salad on cornbread and butterscotch pudding with carmeled apples and chantille was a wonderful taste treat. We liked the bar feeling much better than the dining room.

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Thank 1witchywoman
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