by Nina Lary - 21 Reviews - 50 List
The days of little ones being seen and not heard are long gone--and because so many parents are now toting their kiddie with them, we've compiled a list of kid-friendly restaurants in Portland. Today's parents demand an equal dining experience for their kids and plenty of great restaurants are happy to oblige. We found dining spots that appeal to P-town's youngest diners in more ways than one, offering everything from wholesome home cooking meals to flip-your-own-pancakes.
Updated: June 10, 2010
Portland's only eco-brewpub has a dozen suds on tap for parents and a kiddie corner and patio for the little ones. $4.75 kid meals include usual suspect main dishes as well as whole wheat pasta and a cheese and salami plate. All choices come with fries, celery and carrot sticks or apples, and apple juice or milk. Ask one of the HUB staff to toss your young eater a ball of pizza dough to play with while they wait for their dinner.
This brewpub is synonymous with Portland kid-friendly dining. The top floor of their old Victorian NW location is free-range kiddy territory. One corner crammed with toys and books is the designated play area and servers are well versed in the art of navigating around little toes. Kids menu option come with fries or steamed broccoli and a drink in a fun reusable cartoon cup.
If there's a place to get your kid to try sushi in Portland, this might be it. They love to pull dishes off the conveyor belt, and get a math lesson by sorting the colored plates and adding up the total at the end of the meal. Tiny desserts passing in front of their faces every couple minutes will motivate them to try more of what you put in front of them.
Hungry kids? Stop by this Portland institution, which has been dishing up earthy healthful (and kid-friendly) meals to families since 1980. The main dining room has an adjoining play area with bright, colorful murals for children 10 and under, and the kid's menu is legit, with dozens of uncommon choices like sesame roasted yams, soup and salad bar and beans and rice.