March in our town brings on a different kind of madness: Portland Dining Month. Restaurants throughout the city are offering crazy-awesome three-course meals for just $29. With a record 122 eateries participating this year, we dug through the list to bring you seven kid-friendly spots worthy of your next family feast. Read on for the scoop.
photo: Bazi Bierbrasserie via Yelp
It may be a beer bar first and foremost, but kids are very much welcome at this unassuming spot off Hawthorne. And if the Timbers game is on, fans of all ages can enjoy it together on the big screen TV. Suggested beer pairings will be available for mom or dad to add on, too.
First course: Arugula salad with watermelon and feta
Second course: Tomato and kale soup
Third course: Choice of chicken sandwich with bacon and bleu cheese or housemade veggie burger
Sun.-Thur. 3-11 p.m.
Fri.-Sat. 3 p.m.-1 a.m.
1522 S.E. 32nd Ave.
photo: Hungry H. via Yelp
The Country Cat
Country Cat may have cheffy gourmet cachet, but they also offer crayons to toddlers. Kids are seen and heard here, so you know it’s a friendly place for an older kid to explore new foods and expand their palates a bit. And who would turn down their third course, cupcake in a jar?
First course: Wild mushroom Texas toast
Second course: Peel-and-eat shrimp with Meyer lemon and avocado
Third course: Chocolate cupcake in a jar with fudgy icing
Brunch: 9 a.m.-2 p.m. daily
Dinner: 5 p.m.-close daily
7937 S.E. Stark St.
photo: eyeliam via flickr
Ken’s Artisan Pizza
Kids + pizza = love, and Ken’s is always a contender for the best pizza in town. You won’t get any arguments from kiddos about this one, and you might even get a view of the wood-burning oven as you wait for your pie. Pretty cool. Be aware, though—this place is popular enough that lines often form before the doors even open. Expect a wait, especially on weekends.
First course: Caesar salad
Second course: Fennel sausage and onion pizza
Third course: Brownie sundae
Mon.-Sat. 5-10 p.m.
Sun. 4-9 p.m.
304 S.E. 28th Ave.
photo: Kevin V. via Yelp
La Calaca Comelona
When the weather starts to warm up, the patio and garden at La Calaca Comelona beckons with Mexican food that everyone can enjoy. But even on the coldest and rainiest night, “The Dancing Skeleton” is a colorful and welcoming place to tuck into a family meal.
First course: Sopa tarasca with pinto beans
Second course: Enchiladas morelianas stuffed with cotija cheese and onions, topped with oven-roasted pork
Third course: Corn flan
Mon.-Sat. 4-10 p.m. (closed Sun.)
2304 S.E. Belmont St.
photo: RingSide crème brûlée by James A via Yelp
Want to introduce junior to a classic white tablecloth dining experience? Portlanders have been enjoying fine service by tuxedoed waiters at Ringside for 65 years. And after a facelift in recent years, this favorite has been given new life. Their normal three-course menu is $39, so $29 is a steal.
First course: Choice of baked onion soup or mixed greens and vegetables salad
Second course: Steak medallions with chasseur sauce and seasonal vegetables; choice of side
Third course: Madagascar vanilla bean crème brûlée
Mon.-Wed. 5-11:30 p.m.
Thur.-Sat. 5 p.m.-midnight
2165 W. Burnside St.
photo: Huber’s by Aurelius H. via Yelp
The oldest restaurant in town is a great place to chat about Portland’s history… and in a classy but unfussy atmosphere, perfect for one-on-one parent-kid nights. They’re famous for their Spanish coffees. Yes, it’s very much an adult beverage, but kids love the elaborate tableside show (think fancy pouring and fire) that comes with each order.
First course: Caesar salad
Second course: 6 oz. New York steak
Third course: Tiramisu
Mon.-Thur. 11:30 a.m.-midnight
Fri.-Sat. 11:30 a.m.-1 a.m.
Sun. 4-11 p.m.
411 S.W. Third Ave.
photo: Papa Haydn by yoruhana via flickr
Papa Haydn East
No kid we know will turn down a trip to Papa Haydn, provided it ends with a trip to the famous pastry case to pick out one of the decadent desserts. The Westside location on NW 23rd is serving a salad with chicories to start, followed by a pork loin.
First course: Choice of organic field greens salad or house-smoked salmon profiteroles
Second course: Choice of Hama Hama clams with ramen noodles or mushroom risotto
Third course: Choice of any single dessert (!)
Mon.-Thur. 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m.
Fri.-Sat. 11:30 a.m.-midnight
Sun. 10 a.m.-9 p.m.
5829 S.E. Milwaukie Ave.
- Go as early as you can for dinner to avoid lines.
- You’d be wise to pack a small snack for the kids (and yourself) in case you do end up waiting for a table.
- The restaurants typically offer most of the items on their regular menus, in addition to the prix fixe courses, in case everyone in the family does not share the same level of sophistication in their palates.
Which Portland Dining Month prix fixe menu sounds best to you? Let us know in the comments!
featured image: US Dept. of Agriculture via flickr