We’ve seen this menu before in a 1960 edition, which is a surprise considering that the hairstyles in the photo would have been dated by then. But they look perfectly appropriate for 1953.
Inside, instead of including an a la carte menu, the left-hand page has a wine-and-liquor list including well over a dozen imported and American wines, several kinds of beer, and a variety of Scotch, bourbon, rye, and other liquors. The right side has a table d’hôte menu featuring trout, Vienna schnitzel, prime rib, cold meats, and UP’s special charcoal broiled steak, available in regular for $4.50 (about $40 today) or “extra thick” for $5.50 (about $50 today). Patrons wishing a la carte items were no doubt directed to the City of Portland‘s cafe car.