Nothing says summer like BBQ! From ribs, chicken and brisket to fun sides like grilled veggies, mac and cheese and baked beans, there’s bound to be something on the menu that will please everyone in the family—even the picky eaters! Read on to find a rundown of some of Portland’s best BBQ joints, along with kid-friendly options for those with smaller appetites.
photo: Connie C. via Yelp
Not only does Reverend’s BBQ have some great happy hour specials, like three wings for six bucks and $5 margaritas, it also has a killer kid’s menu with vegetarian and meat options. A kid’s BBQ plate is only $4.95 and comes with a side of apples and carrots. Don’t forget to save room for their famous ‘Nilla Wafers banana pudding!
Location: 7712 SE 13th Ave.
Podnah’s Pit is the barbecue connoisseur’s ‘que! Every morning at 5 a.m., the pit crew begins the slow smoking process using 100% oak hardwood (no electric, gas, or charcoal) to have lunch on the table by 11 a.m. An entire family could share the $26 “Pit Boss” of 1/4 lb brisket, 1/4 lb pulled pork, 2 pork ribs, 1 sausage link, cornbread & choice of 2 sides, and younger eaters will get a kick out of the “Frito Pie” style nachos.
Location: 1625 NE Killingsworth St.
photo: Delta Café via Yelp
This adorable home-style Creole cafe in the Woodstock Neighborhood is sure to be your family’s new favorite for brunch, lunch or dinner. Try the jambalaya or farmer’s salad with blackened catfish, perhaps along with a hurricane cocktail. Kids under 10 will love the “Bam Bam Ribs” for $10, including a side, or the $8 catfish bites.
Location: 4607 SE Woodstock Blvd
Bamboo Grove Hawaiian Grille
Located off SW Macadam, Bamboo Grove features Korean-style chicken and mahi mahi stir fry dishes, along with a $5 kid’s menu. For those who love spice, try their homemade kim chee!
Location: 0515 SW Carolina St.
This restaurant chain has locations in Tualatin and Cascade Station. Their menu features classic BBQ choices, burgers, family meals-to-go, and the “Lil Wilbur Meals” kid’s specials for under $6, like the chopped pork sandwich or mini corn dog basket.
9911 NE Cascades Pkwy.
7121 SW Nyberg St.
photo: Lynn M via Yelp
Russell Street BBQ
The women-owned and operated Russell Street BBQ has been a Portland mainstay since 2004. Their brisket is some of the best in town! Also try their grilled tofu with a side of BBQ beans. Younger eaters will clean the plate of candied yams and appreciate the house-made potato salad.
325 NE Russell St.
4246 SE Belmont St.
photo: Tanya S. via Yelp
K-Town Korean BBQ
For a unique experience, try the DIY table-top grilling experience at K-Town Korean BBQ, where everyone at the table is a chef! Select your meats and vegetables and cook them right on the grill in the table. Children under 3 are free and children under 8 are half price.
Location: 5450 SE 82nd Ave
photo: Christina C. via Yelp
Vegetarian or vegan? No problem! BBQ doesn’t always have to be carnivorous. Check out the flavorful features at Homegrown Smoker’s North Portland food cart or downtown deli. Try the gluten free tempeh ribs or seitan patty burger and add in some stewed greens or hushpuppies. Kids will love the macaroni noodles in a creamy cheese-free sauce ($7 for a small size), and a side of sweet potato fries.
Homegrown Smoker Vegan BBQ Cart
4233 N Mississippi
Homegrown Smokehouse & Vegan Deli
1628 SW Jefferson
What’s your favorite area BBQ restaurant? Tell us in the comments section below!
— April Hasson