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May 8, 2010 05:06 AM

kid-friendly food places

The fam and I are coming up to Portland from the SF Bay Area for a few days in June. I'd like to get suggestions on kid-friendly (we have a 3 yr old and a 6 mo old) places that are also vegetarian friendly for hubby.

We'll be staying in the Hawthorne neighborhood near Lauralhurst Park and we will not have a car so anything that's convenient to public transit is appreciated. We like any food/cuisines besides greasy burger/fast food places and would love any local joints, good ethnic food, etc. Didn't find any old posts specific to this!

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  1. If you are that near Laurelhurst Park (one of my faves, an Olmstead-designed turn-of-the-last-century park - I regularly see blue herons there along with all the other water fowl and turtles.) then you are in Laurelhurst neighborhood! ;o) Make sure to take a nice walk in this park!

    The strip of SE/NE 28th from Stark to Glisan is near and holds several things like Crema for coffee and pastries, Alma Chocolates, Ken's Artisan Pizza, Bamboo Sushi, Tabla, Pambiche, and there is a Whole Foods on E. Burnside betw. 28th and 29th (always good to know where the closest market is when traveling with kids, no?). Ken's Artisan Pizza is usually full of kids on the early side, especially; Pambiche too (and they are open 7 days and also do a cubano breakfast menu). Bamboo is a bit more upscale for sustainable sushi (it would make my top 4 sushi spots in town, and I am picky) and tabla is a nicer spot with a great 3-course for $24 deal. I have seen well-behaved children at tabla, don't know where yours are on the spectrum of being able to sit at a table for an hour or more, but it could be a choice. Also another good pizza place, but this one specializes in cornmeal crust deeper-dish pies with local ingredients, is Dove Vivi on Glisan just off of 28th - always see kids there, even babies, they are pros.

    One of my favorite kid-friendly places (no, I don't have kids, but I often eat on the early side, and so I tend to notice where the parents with kids feel good about bringing them) is Nostrana. At SE Morrison and 14th, it is not all that far away, though too far to walk.

    Down from Nostrana on Stark betw, 14th & 15th is Meat, Cheese, Bread - one of our great local sandwich shops they are open breakfast until 7pm; close-by on Morrison betw. 6th and 7th is

    On Hawthorne (@24th) there is an outpost of a local pho chain, Pho Van. There other locations are pretty good, but I have never been to that one. If you are nearby, and like VIetnamese/pho/noodles and rice dishes it could be a big kid pleaser.

    The Waffle Window on the side of Bread and Ink Cafe on Hawthorne (@36th) does very good waffles- savory and sweet:

    There's a food cart pod on SE 12th and Hawthorne that has frites, fried pies, pasta, pizza, crepes, Mexican and other choices:

    My favorite pizza place is Apizza Scholls on SE Hawthorne near 47th, also kid-friendly, and has a large beer and wine list. I'm from Bklyn, NY and picky about pizza too, this stuff is fabulous.

    The suggestions here are not specific to your location, but it has come up recently here:

    Truthfully though, if your kids are well behaved and can sit quietly at a table for a meal, and are good eaters, you can bring them most's not about the kids, it's about the behavior...just like adults. ;o


    1401 SE Morrison St, Portland, OR 97214

    Pho Van
    1919 SE 82nd Ave, Portland, OR 97216

    Apizza Scholls
    4741 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland, OR 97215

    Waffle Window
    36th and Hawthorne, Portland, OR

    Bread and Ink Cafe
    3610 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland, OR 97214

    2811 NE Glisan St, Portland, OR 97232

    Ken's Artisan Pizza
    304 SE 28th Ave, Portland, OR 97214

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    1. re: JillO

      Great suggestions for us to explore. Looking at out lodging again, we're around the corner from SE Belmont/39th so a bunch of these places are convenient!

      Our kids are super mellow and we tend to go a little earlier for dinner anyway (7ish) so am sure it'll work out with most of these places

      1. re: washingtonfamily

        Ah, one of the Historic Hawthorne Rentals properties?

        Two Brothers (really good cevapi and pitas/burekas!) is on the corner of 39th and Belmont if you're feeling peckish and need a close snack. ;o)

        A Walgreens is also at that intersection.

        A bit further up Belmont, is a new place called Slappycakes, where you can order breakfast/lunch and you can also choose to make your own pancakes at your table - kids might really get a kick out of it, and I hear the food is actually decent:

        1. re: JillO

          Pancakes at the table -- this is going to be popular with the toddler AND the hubby. The rest of the menu looks promising as well. And I have yet to meet any grilled meat that I haven't liked.

          This is great as the last two times I've been in Portland (once for business, once with the family) we didn't make it out past much of immediate downtown/Pearl District area. Looking forward to be able to go the farmers market as it was winter both times I've been there!

          1. re: washingtonfamily

            If you are here on a Thurs. 3pm-7pm, the closest Farmers' Market is actually walkable:


            It opened for the season last Thursday, pics and report:

            But you should definitely see the PSU/Park Blocks Farmers' Market on Sat. morning, if you can, it's the jewel in the crown:


            1. re: JillO

              Ha, Thursday Buckman / p.k.a. Eastbank is my regular market in season (along with Milwaukie Sundays, mainly because I'm historically lazy and the 75 bus takes me right from my front door in Creston-Kenilworth directly to the Milwaukie farmers' market). Was a great week, with both just opening for the season over the past few days!

              Thanks for the link to the Buckman photo diary. I was there at about 2:57 last Thursday, and was on my way out down to Hawthorne and back to the bus home at about 3:06.

              Denison also had about 2 dozen heads of mature garlic at opening time (I've already had my season's fill of green garlic for the year from a farmer friend of mine down in Clackamas since March, been missing the mature stuff since the vendor at the People's Farmers' Market ran out of it in early February), which was already almost gone by the time their first few customers and I checked out.

              Fressen's Mueslibrot (Dark Rye and Whole Wheat flours with cracked rye, Cranberry, Walnut, and Rolled Oats) is awesome. And since Tastebud wasn't there with the pizza oven, their (fantastic!) pretzel was my "walking back to the bus" snack.

              I really, really, really, REALLY need to pick up something from Tails & Trotters soon...

              1. re: JayinPortland

                I tried their pork liver pate (comes in a jar) at the Indie Wine Festival on Sat. and it was crazy awesome. HIGHLY recommended!

                And I bet dipping a pretzel in it would be damn good! ;o)

    2. Lauralwood is a good place. It has a child play area (At least the one in Battle Ground, Wa does, but i've heard they all do) but its still adult too. Nice beers made by them and great food! 4 Locations in PDX. They're known for their amazing garlic fries! I love them!!!