Imperial at Hotel Lucia
400 Southwest Broadway
A Sandwich at the ImperialI wouldn't normally visit a hotel restaurant just for the purpose of having a sandwich. But this is the second restaurant by Vitaly Paley, one of Portland's most beloved chefs, and I'd been told it was a good place for lunch. I hadn't guessed that most of the menu would be sandwiches, and I have to admit to feeling a little disappointment when I saw it.
I shouldn't have. The dungeness crab reuben was a flaky fish marvel, while the heirloom tomato salad I had with it was a perfectly pert accompaniment. The homemade cream soda, meanwhile, was as sweet and delicious as anything in an Enid Blyton novel, and it had me suppressing the urge to exclaim "How jolly!"
Anyway. That's just me. If you like a sandwich, I think you'll probably like these.