If you and your kiddos are hankering for a change from the usual spots, these four new restaurants are hot on the food scene. From fried chicken and biscuits to grain-free Paleo dishes, these new eateries will bust anyone out of a rut — and they welcome pint-sized patrons with open arms, to boot.
Photo: via Paolina T. on Yelp
Son of a Biscuit
Who wants chicken and biscuits? Everyone, that’s who. From Micah Camden, who brought you other popular restaurants around town that center on small menus, like Little Big Burger, comes Son of a Biscuit. Order up biscuits, fried chicken, salads, and drinks at the counter, then have a seat and watch the cooks in the open kitchen whip up your meal. Kids will love the crispy chicken tenders and the creamy mac and cheese. The tables aren’t too crammed together, allowing room for strollers, and you’ll find plenty of families enjoying the sunshine streaming in from the tall windows.
2045 SE Division St.
Online at: sonofabiscuit.com
Photo: The Cultured Caveman
The Cultured Caveman
Food allergies or trying to cut back on grains? Enter the Cultured Caveman. The little Paleo food cart was so popular it multiplied into three carts, then became a restaurant. We’re not sure that ancient humans ate basil olive tapenade with their vegetables, but we won’t quibble that delicious point. All of the menu items are free of gluten, dairy and soy, and are accompanied by ingredient lists, so everyone can choose what they chew freely. Grab the kids some dairy-free cream of broccoli soup or a side of zoodles (zucchini noodles) with marinara. The restaurant has an open, clean and industrial feel to it with lots of tables and an incredibly friendly staff. Be sure to take your little cave dwellers along to take advantage of the small, but cool, dinosaur-themed play area with crayons, a chalk board, toys and books, easily seen from any table. Rarr!
8233 N Denver
Online at: culturedcavemanpdx.com
Photo: Silver Moon Creperie via Yelp
Silver Moon Creperie
Silver Moon Creperie can be summed up in a couple of words that also might describe your kids: cute and sweet. Order your sweet or savory crepe at the counter, then have a seat and wait for that little parcel of deliciousness to be delivered. Kids’ crepes can be made from any of the crepes on the menu, just pint-sized, for a dollar off. Now which to choose, sweet caramel banana or savory ham and Swiss? How about a little of both with their specialty crepe, the Vermonter – turkey, walnuts, fresh apples, sharp cheddar and honey? Yes, please. You and your littles will want to linger in this cute space outfitted with cheerful, bright paint, adorable decorative touches like an accent wall covered in Nutella coffee mugs, and a super friendly staff.
4220 N Mississippi Ave.
Online at: silvermooncreperie.com
Photo: Courtesy of Dime Store
Until recently, this space was the long-running and decidedly non-fancy Leo’s Non-Smoking Coffee Shop. The new restaurant pays homage to this history to its history by serving up an updated diner menu focused on fresh produce, with clean and sleek decor to match. Breakfast is served all day, and lunch after 11 a.m. Take the kids for pancakes while sitting in a booth, or old-fashioned chocolate malts at the counter, for a taste of days gone by with a tasty modern twist.
837 SW 11th St.
Online at: dimestorepdx.com
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– Kelley Gardiner