Every family knows that brunch is the best meal of the day…especially on the weekends when you might just catch a couple extra winks of sleep. Portland has some of the best places to eat this favored meal. Forget, rushing out for an early morning meal. Take your time, work up an appetite and then head to one of these family-friendly spots for a mid-morning treat. We’ve got your list of the best kid-friendly brunch spots in town. Read on to find out more.
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This popular spot serves up a large selection of classic dishes, including corned beef hash, oatmeal chai blueberry pancakes and Grand Marnier French Toast. But the owners haven’t forgotten those with special diets, there’s plenty on the menu for vegetarians, vegans and those who need to eat gluten-free. Additionally, there is a kid’s menu and play area for the lil’ ones. Show up early, this eatery tends to regularly have a wait time, especially on the weekends.
Daily, 7:30 a.m.-3 p.m.
2239 SE Hawthorne Blvd.
A.N.D. Café/Off the Griddle
Vegans and vegetarians, can have their brunch and eat it too at Off the Griddle’s breakfast-time incarnation, A.N.D. Café. Order up options like the 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.
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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.
Mon.:7:30 a.m.-3 p.m., Tue.-Sun. 7:30 a.m.-9 p.m.
1438 NE Alberta St.
Prepare for a wait at this much-loved breakfast and brunch spot. Deemed one of Portland’s essential brunch destinations, Screen Door is famous for its down-home, Southern-style fare. You’ll be hooked too once you try the fried chicken and waffles, brioche French toast, and fried oysters and praline bacon. For more conventional palates, 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.
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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.
— Annette Benedetti