Variety is the spice of life, especially for those of us who enjoy the fabulous food that Portland has to offer. And when you just can’t bear to see another chicken tender or cheese pizza go to waste after a failed attempt at ordering from the kids’ menu, turn to these eateries instead. Read on for the best kid menus that Portland restaurants have to offer. Bon appétit!

photo credit: Meghan Rose

Ecliptic Brewing
When the grown-ups in the house are jonesing for dinner at a brew pub, it’s important to be choosy so the kids are taken care of, too. At Ecliptic they can stay safe with chicken drumsticks (hands off, parents) or go all-in by ordering fried oysters. Not quite ready for shellfish? Some might land in the middle with the grilled salmon. After dinner, introduce them to cinnamon churro bites for dessert and they’ll be sure to request a return trip.

Kids’ menu items range from $4-$7

826 N. Cook St.
503-265-8002
Online: eclipticbrewing.com

Laughing Planet
This local chain is known for its fresh and nutritious burritos and bowls made from locally-sourced ingredients, which parents love. But they also have a kids’ menu that will meet the preferences of the picky (think bean and cheese burrito) to the foodie-in-training (i.e. tofu, tempeh and quinoa). Our pick is The Kids Trifecta, which is a choose-your-own-adventure involving three separate bowls of steamed broccoli, garlic green beans, seasonal veggies, corn, roasted yams, Smart black or pinto beans, mashed potatoes, brown rice, jasmine rice or quinoa. Bonus: look for the toy dinousaurs in the restaurant that will keep the kiddos occupied while they wait for their food!

Kids’ menu items range from $3.25-$5.50

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Online: laughingplanetcafe.com

Kid eating at restaurant

photo: Jo’s Restaurant by Kevin Krejci via flickr

Pho Tango
At this popular Vietnamese bistro in Hillsboro you won’t find a dedicated kids’ menu but they make our list because of their stellar service to our littles. This place is kid-friendly from start to finish, so don’t stress over taking your toddler out the next time you need a Pho fix. Our recommendations from the regular menu include noodle soup, spring rolls, grilled salmon or honey lemongrass chicken. You can also make a special request for kids’ plates and they will accommodate you by helping you figure out what will work best for your child’s needs.

22139 NW Imbrie Dr.
Hillsboro
503-648-3542
Online: photango.com

Hopworks Urban Brewery
This brewery takes the cake for family-friendliness. From their stellar kids’ menu to their in-house play areas and all the best local beer and food the grown-ups could wish for, you’re probably already a regular. If your kids scoff at tiny fast-food burgers, they’ll love the Little Brewer’s Burger, a 1/4 lb. patty Tillamook cheddar (it’s just a slightly smaller version of the real thing on the big menu). Not quite up to that level of appetite? The pretzel dog is delish and the organic vanilla ice cream for dessert is not to be missed. Let the littles play in the play area (in each room!) while they wait for their food and you can actually enjoy a grown-up conversation at the table. Bonus for babies: Earth’s Best Baby Food is kept in stock and on the menu, too!

Kids menu items range from $2-$6.75

2944 SE Powell Blvd.
503-232-4677
Online: hopworksbeer.com

 photo credit: Jolie Loeb

Seasons and Regions
Good food begins with good ingredients. It doesn’t hurt that this restaurant still feels like the neighborhood bistro where friends meet and the staff knows your name. Kids love it because the food is simple and delicious. On the brunch menu they’ll find the Belgium Waffle with whipped cream and a Kids’ Scramble Breakfast that is the perfect size for pint-sized appetites. For lunch and dinner we recommend the Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup or the Fried Chicken Bites if they’re down for some Southern comfort food.

Kids menu items range from $4-$7

6660 SW Capitol Hwy.
503-244-6400
Online: seasonsandregions.com

Laurelwood Brew Pub
This brew pub gets points right off the bat for the message at the top of their kids’ menu: “Order your kid’s meal early (on request) and we’ll get the kids fed first!” It’s like they know what we’re dealing with when we take littles to a restaurant, am I right? We love that they have the basics for our picky eaters but our recommendation is the fish ‘n’ chips with tartar. All meals come with a side dish, drink and dessert, so it’s a total package for $7 or less. We’re sold.

Kids menu items range from $6.25-$6.95

Locations in NE, SE, PDX Airport, and the Moda Center
Online: laurelwoodbrewpub.com

What restaurant has your favorite kids’ menu in town? Please share your inside scoop in the comment section below!

—Marianne Walters