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Great food but kid friendly restaurants (Portland, ME)?

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Hi, I'm looking for a dinner recommendation in Portland, ME for a restaurant with great food but is also casual enough for us to go there with a 2 year old (doesn't and shouldn't need to be an explicitly kid oriented restaurant but it also shouldn't be so formal and fancy for a kid to seem completely out of place / character) on a weekend night. I'm going with my family (including the 2 year old) but also my brother and his wife, who are huge foodies. I tried to check old posts, but didn't seen any recommendations that combined good food and kids. Any ideas / recommendations would be fantastic!

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  1. I tend not to aim too high with little kids, but others might be more ambitious. My choices would be Bonobo (really good pizza, with interesting, local variations, but the plain cheese is fine too) or Yosaku (good sushi and lots of non-sushi options--my kids eat the edamame and tofu appetizers and the kids' bento box). I haven't taken my kids there, but Paciarino is a possibility as well--excellent pasta from a Milanese couple.

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    Paciarino
    468 Fore St, Portland, ME 04101

    1. I remember quite (un) fondly trying to go out with a 2 year old. Most times it worked but I was usually too anxious to enjoy myself so, that much being said, I would agree with sciencediet on Bonobo or one of the other really good pizza places: Flat Bread is very good and probably the most kid friendly - the type of place that the kid could probably wander around a bit and everyone would be ok with it - especially if you dress him in some overalls and maybe a tie-dyed Grateful Dead shirt (he'll fit right in). I'm a big Otto fan and the new location on Congress by Washington Ave appears to be pretty kid friendly as well. Paciarino has great pasta and foodies should be happy (order the lasagna) and looks "ok" for kids (maybe earlier in the evening). The owners are very nice and it does have the feel of an Italian kitchen. Tables are not on top of each other so, should the kid toss some food, unless he's a future Red Sox, he won't hit anyone.

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      Paciarino
      468 Fore St, Portland, ME 04101

      1. We've had a good experience at Yosaku with a toddler; my sister also took said toddler to Green Elephant and said it should be okay for lunch or early in the evening. I've also had a good luck at Paciarino with a baby and am not too worried about bringing her back as she gets older, again earlier in the evening.

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        Paciarino
        468 Fore St, Portland, ME 04101

        1. I've seen families eat at The Corner Room (casual Italian) downtown. It's open, bright & bustling. Not sure about a actual kid's menu, but they can do plain cheese pizzas, plain spaghetti, etc. The adult food there (pastas, paninis & pizzas) are also very delicious!! :-)

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          The Corner Room
          110 Exchange St, Portland, ME 04101

          1. I'd have to recommend Local 188. Good food and a very lively, funky atmosphere. We have taken our kid there for dinner several times since he was small. That is another story: they were kind enough to take us in early one New Year's Eve with our then 2 year old when there was a problem with the reservation we had made at a nearby restaurant and were left out in the cold. So yes, I would say that they are child friendly!

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            Local 188
            685 Congress St, Portland, ME 04102