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Kid-Friendly, Good Food, off I-5 In Portland area

Our family is making a stop in Portland on our way to Seattle and looking for a kid-friendly restaurant, good food, that is conveniently located off I-5. Does such a restaurant(s) exsist??

Come across some great kid-friendly recommendations with good food but most seem to be a little out of the way from the freeway. But not being from the area, it's not as easy to tell from mapquest.

Any recommendations???

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  1. As you cross the WIllamette River on I-5 near downtown, stay to the right and follow signs for Central Eastside Industrial (I think exit 300), take the exit and at the end of the ramp you are at Water St. Make the right turn onto Water and on that block, on the left is Boke Bowl.

    Boke Bowl: http://bokebowl.com/

    At the end of the block on the left is Bunk Bar. (Call and check to see when minors are allowed, they do music at night and it is 21+, but I think kids are OK during the day and early eve.


    Bunk Bar: http://bunkbar.com/

    Also Water Ave. Coffee entrance is around the block on Taylor if you need a caffeine fix.

    If you go a block forward (crossing Water at the bottom of the ramp) and continue on Yamhill, you can make the 1st left onto 2nd Ave, and the next left onto Washington where you will find Olympic Provisions.

    OP: http://www.olympicprovisions.com/sout...

    Boke Bowl is very kid friendly, and would be my first choice. But it depends on how old your kids are and what they like to eat. All three places are delicious.

    1. Bokebowl looks Delic!! What child doesn't love Ramen noodles - great suggestions!

      Thanks JillO :-)

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      1. re: jules_00

        No problem! Try the fried pears...odd, but so tasty. BB is a bit more expensive than you might expect to pay at a ramen place, but everything is made in-house and all of the ingredients are top-notch - it's worth it.

        1. re: JillO

          Try the brussel sprout salad...really! I think it is the best thing there.

      2. The original Original Pancake House - south of downtown.

        1. If you need a bit more distraction for the kiddos (and big people) at the same exit is http://www.omsi.edu/ fabulous interactive science museum. They have a big place for little people to play.

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          1. re: DanielLP

            Looks like a fantastic, fun, and educational museum - thanks for the recommendation! We are spending several days up in Seattle and have planned to visit the Pacific Science Center so I have to dilute the educational activities :-)

          2. I love brussel sprouts - but if this place can get my kids (and hubby) to feel the love too...that would be a miracle in itself!

            1. Please tell us where you are from.

              If you are from Los Angeles, I would not recommend Boke bowl.

              I too would recommend original pancake house, I do know the owners so am biased but would be kid friendly and while a chain, is the original original location.

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              1. re: ronin223

                From Northern Cali.

                We most likely will have had breakfast by the time we reach Portland, though I love pancakes, I think my family may want something more hardy.

                The food carts actually sound fun and yummy but they all look a little out of the way. I don't want to veer too far from I-5. The perfect blend would be place that can meet an adult palate (I'm more adventurous than the hubby) but a menu that also will please my picky 10, 3, and 2 yr old.

              2. Exit 303 - Killingsworth. Turn right on Alberta, then turn right on Albina (which becomes mississippi).

                It's easy to get to Mississippi Marketplace food carts.

                I'd also consider Lovely's 50/50 for pizza depending on time of day. I've had a great burger and fries at Bar Bar adjacent to Mississippi Studios...kids are welcome until 9pm.

                And then get some icecream at Ruby Jewel to put kids into a sugar coma. :)

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                1. re: MyNextMeal

                  Thanks @MyNextMeal for directions to the Miss Food Carts - do you have specific favs/dishes that you recommend?

                  1. re: jules_00

                    FYI - there is a food cart pod near that same exit I mention above in the SE industrial section called The Row: http://www.foodcartsportland.com/2012...

                    I think they open at 11am.

                    1. re: jules_00

                      It looks like they have some new spots I haven't tried (I'm one of those fair-weather summer patrons of food carts and summer is still not here...) but in the past I've enjoyed NATIVE BOWL and THE BIG EGG.