We know that mac and cheese is a favorite meal in many of your households whether you have kids who love it out of the box or you use a tried-and-true homemade recipe that hits the spot. If you are looking for a family-friendly spot to enjoy mac and cheese around Portland, we have got you covered! These options will have even the pickiest mac and cheese lovers saying “mmmmm!”
When you and your kids taste the mac and cheese from Screen Door (pictured above), you’ll swear that you’re sitting in the South, rather than the Pacific Northwest! Mac and cheese at Screen Door comes as a side, making the portion perfect for a little appetite. Just be careful – it comes to the table screaming hot from the oven, so let it cool before digging in.
2337 E Burnside Street
A Red Tricycle favorite for brunch, Mother’s Bistro also makes our mac and cheese list! You can order it two ways here – either the Mother’s Mac and Cheese Du Jour, which may or may not be a kid friendly version of this yummy comfort food, or the regular Cheddar Cheese Mac and Cheese from the sides menu that they are sure to love. Please note that they are closed on Mondays.
212 SW Stark Street
You’ll be begging your little ones for a bite of this yummy mac and cheese at one of Portland’s most family friendly breweries. Luckily, mac and cheese is featured on both the kid’s and regular menus, so everyone will be happy! Breakside is a great dining option on a sunny day – they open up the huge garage doors so that you can enjoy some fresh air while you eat.
820 NE Dekum Street
Herb’s Mac & Cheese
An entire food cart dedicated to mac and cheese? Yes, please! The menu at Herb’s is simple, which automatically makes it kid friendly. Pick from a regular or double sized portion (regular is perfect for a kid tummy and double is good if you have two kiddos who are going to share) and then add in toppings if you’d like – kids might go for the pepperoni or extra cheese and you can sneak in the broccoli!
3221 SE Division Street
On those nights when mac and cheese is a must, but making another batch out of the box just won’t do, swing down to Baked! Pick from vegan, vegetarian or meat mac and cheese options and then take it to-go for eating at home or enjoy at one of their outdoor picnic tables. If your kiddo is a mac and cheese purist, be sure to request no bread crumbs on the top of theirs to avoid a meltdown!
1805 NE Alberta Street
There are countless delicious, family-friendly mac and cheese spots around Portland. Please share your favorite with us below!
– Katie Kavulla