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.

Vita Café
Since 1999, the Vita Café has been a staple of Alberta Street, serving hearty and healthy organic comfort food, with tons of veggie, vegan and gluten-free options. With roomy wooden booths and cups of crayons for coloring, little ones will instantly be comfortable. Kids can nosh on the corn cakes, veggie burgers or a tasty plate of tofu with brown veggies and rice. Parents might enjoy spicy tempeh sticks, a free-range chili burger or a vegan club sandwich. Vita has a full bar, a tempting list of specialty cocktails and an assortment of fresh, local juices.

From 5-7 p.m. each day, kids eat for only $1, making it one of the best healthy dinner deals in town. Check it out and see what makes Vita a local Portland favorite.

3023 NE Alberta St.
Online: vita-café.com

photo: misjiji via flickr

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—Anna Doogan