It’s served sometime between breakfast and lunch and it is the best meal of the day: brunch. It’s hard getting the kids out of the door for breakfast, so take your time. Portland has a plethora of fantastic brunch spots that welcome kids and we’ve put together a list of some of the most family-friendliest options in town. From restaurants offering classic breakfast dishes every day to weekend brunches filled with inventive flavors there’s something to please every hungry crew. Read on to find out more.
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Jam on Hawthorne
It’s all about breakfast at this Portland institution, which serves up a large selection of classic dishes, including corned beef hash, oatmeal chai blueberry pancakes and Grand Marnier French Toast. You’ll find vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options as well. There is a kid’s menu and play area for the lil’ ones.
Daily, 7:30 a.m.-3 p.m.
2239 SE Hawthorne Blvd.
A.N.D. Café/Off the Griddle
Vegans and vegetarians, you and the kids can have your brunch and eat it too at Off the Griddle’s breakfast-time incarnation, A.N.D. Café. Offerings include plant-based fried “chk’n” and waffles, pumpkin waffles with sweet cream and Reubens made with corned-beef style seitan. Everything can be made gluten-free, too. For $9, add coffee and a Bloody Mary or a mimosa to your order.
Mon. & Wed.-Sun., 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
6526 SE Foster Rd.
photo: Carrie Uffindell
Tin Shed Garden Café
Family meets farm-to-table at this popular eatery where all the dishes are made from scratch using fresh ingredients from local farms. Not-to-miss items include the house-made buttermilk biscuits and the eggs benedict. Kids and canines each have their own menus, so feel free to bring the whole family. The heated patio is open year-round.
Brunch served daily, 7 a.m.-3 p.m.
1438 NE Alberta St.
One of Portland’s essential brunch destinations, Screen Door is famous for its down-home, Southern-style fare. Best bets are the fried chicken and waffles, brioche French toast, fried oysters and praline bacon. For more conventional palaces, there’s plain pancakes and waffles. To beat those long lines, aim to get there before opening or visit on a weekday.
Sat.-Sun., 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. for brunch; Mon.-Fri. 8 a.m.-2 p.m. for breakfast
2337 East Burnside St.
photo: Carrie Uffindell
You and the kids will find a warm welcome and relaxed vibe at this long-time Portland crowd pleaser, made famous for its classic comfort food (think biscuits, scrambles, hashes and frittatas) and special Mother of the Month dishes. For the youngest patrons, there’s a small play area and compact kids menu, such as pancakes or scrambled eggs and toast.
Tues.-Fri., 7 a.m.-2:30 p.m.; Sat.-Sun. 8 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
212 SW Stark St.
This neighborhood taqueria (already known for its tacos) has a menu filled with south-of-the-border flavors, from house-roasted pork carnitas hash with poached eggs to French toast with custardy cinnamon bread. The spicy Bloody Mary is made with house-infused jalapeno-lime vodka. A kids menu is available for pint-sized appetites.
Sun. 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
7800 SW Capitol Hwy.
Buckman Public House
One of the newest additions to Portland’s dining scene, Buckman is located inside the former science lab at the revitalized c. 1900 Washington High School building. At brunch, you’ll find dishes like cardamom-spiced French toast and chicken-fried prochetta as well as a kids menu offering hamburgers and chicken nuggets. For something to sip, check out the signature brunch cocktails.
Brunch served weekends, 10 a.m.- 2p.m.
1310 SE Stark St.
— Carrie Uffindell