Portland is known for its inventive culinary scene, so it’s no wonder that Portland kids enjoy menu offerings beyond the always expected chicken tenders and fries. Tickle your tots’ taste buds with these adventurous meals that will please even the most particular palates. Read on for 9 restaurants putting a fresh and flavorful spin on the traditional kids menu.

This sweet spot tucked inside the Portland Rock Gym is all about serving fresh and healthy food that will keep you energized. After an afternoon of climbing, kids can dig into the Littlest Dragon Bowl, a flavorful mix of rice or quinoa topped with beans, avocado and their choice of six different sauces, including sesame miso or lemon ginger. Add a kids’ strawberry chia pudding or almond butter smoothie to enjoy on the side. Moms and Dads can enjoy a savory lentil dahl, the peanut stew or the Burnside Burrito, stuffed with chipotle chili, spinach, brown rice, avocado, salsa and cilantro.

Prasad has an additional location downtown, located inside Yoga Pearl. It’s just a few blocks from the legendary Powell’s City of Books, making it an awesome lunch destination after a cozy reading date with your little sidekick.

Prasad East (inside Portland Rock Gym)
21 NE 12th Ave.

Prasad downtown (inside Yoga in the Pearl)
925 NW Davis St.
Online: prasadpdx.com

photo: Molivann P. via Yelp 

Who has your favorite kids menu in Portland? Let us know in the comments below!

—Anna Doogan