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1220 SW 1st Ave. (SW Jefferson St.) Send to Phone
One of Portland's few late-night spots serving quality foods.

Lunch Mon.-Fri., Dinner nightly, Brunch Sat.-Sun.
Open late

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THIS RESTAURANT IS CLOSED The Veritable Quandary Restaurant Review

: With a bar open until 3 a.m., the VQ, as it's known by locals, is a favorite of the restaurant industry set. The quaint brick structure has maintained its own park-like setting and patio with river views as tall office buildings have sprouted around it. The seasonal menu changes daily, offering such delights as grilled broccolini in miso vinaigrette, and house-made saffron pasta with pulled chicken, braised fennel, Meyer lemon, oil cured olives, arugula and garlic cream. Grilled pizzas have innovative toppings such as wild nettle and walnut pesto. As good as the entrées are, it's "Happy Hour" (which runs from 3 p.m. to well past midnight) that is the main draw. The companion menu includes a homemade veggie burger and duck confit spring rolls. Weekend brunches boast perennial favorites such as a Dungeness crab Benedict, or try creative dishes such as phyllo packages filled with chicken, Fontina and wild mushrooms. Desserts always feature a half dozen or so house-made ice creams. The wine selection presents more than 200 bottles, with 40 wines available by the glass, but many prefer the standard cocktails shaken by accomplished bartenders. Service is relaxed and professional. Despite the adult-seeming vibe, children are welcome, and there's an appealing kids’ menu.


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