In some ways, Portland is more of a “parent-friendly” city than a “kid-friendly” city. Parents can get top-tier coffee, food, and adult beverages at practically any kids location — whether it’s the zoo, OMSI, play centers, or within walking distance of one of our plentiful and beautiful city parks.
But the abundance of restaurants in Portland doesn’t always translate to ones that cater to children. It’s never fun for parents or servers when children arrive to a revered spot only to find that everything within reach is something breakable or spillable; toddlers are not the ideal customer, which is fine — we parents want spots like those for our date nights. The good news: Many options in Portland appeal to both wild kids and gastronomically inclined adults. Food trucks and food pods are always a great option for the family, but there are also some terrific full-scale restaurants that do a remarkable job of keeping kids in mind while planning the menu. In many ways, Portland is the epicenter of the casual-but-delicious counter service — which makes for excellent expedited leaving just in case you need to bail early with your young ones.
Check out our list of Portland restaurants that will set parents’ minds at ease about the kids’ menu available (and the subsequent mess to follow).
Note: Health experts consider dining out to be a high-risk activity for the unvaccinated; it may pose a risk for the vaccinated, especially in areas with substantial COVID transmission. The latest CDC guidance is here; find a COVID-19 vaccination site here.Read More