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good food on Columbia Queen cruise

KayR | May 8, 200509:55 AM

Got home a week ago from a week-long cruise on the Columbia Queen from PDX-PDX. It was fairly pricy, but most enjoyable. Food in dining room was generally excellent---the filet mignon with piped potatoes was one the best meals I have ever eaten---the steak was a perfect medium rare, as ordered, and melted in your mouth.

Dinner was at one of two assigned seatings---without being asked I was assigned to first seating---maybe that's how they treat all singles?---at a table in the middle of the room with two unbelievably negative women---they'll complain about heaven if they get that far---so after dinner asked maitre d' to reassign me for the following evenings and at a table closer to the window. Came in next evening and had been moved one table over, no nearer the window, but with a very pleasant couple whom I enjoyed getting to know. However I noticed a whole section of tables on the outside of the room that was empty so asked the waitstaff why I had been told they were all filled. The answer was that there wasn't time between seatings to reset the tables, so they were being held for the second seating. Well, the guy didn't exactly lie to me, but he sure didn't tell the whole truth---and another whole truth is that that earned him an empty tip envelope.

Breakfast and lunch were open seating and you had your choice of buffet service or ordering off a menu. Some of the menu choices were outstanding. On the breakfast buffet I spotted good old biscuits and gravy----one of the things I use to sort good from OK restaurants. The gravy was magnificient---they weren't afrain to use enough pepper---but the biscuits were lethal weapons! Tip---dab a bit of the gravy on your scrambled eggs and hash browns.

Soups and salads were uniformly great--the corn chowder was some of the best ever and the house salad dressing was delicious. Be sure to order it on the side so you can use as little or much as you want. Enjoy!

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