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.

Ohana Hawaiian Café
“Ohana” means “family,” and you’ll definitely feel the friendly and welcoming vibe at this Hawaiian eatery on NE Sandy. The keiki menu for the under 10 set includes a choice of teriyaki chicken, tofu, pork or beef, kalua pig or bbq chicken, paired with sides of rice and macaroni salad. When it’s time for dessert, little foodies can order one of the Hawaiian-style shave ices, in an assortment of flavors. Portions are generous and flavorful at Ohana, so bring your appetite. Don’t pass on the famous Sweet Potato Haupia Pie, a delightfully bright purple dessert of Okinawan sweet potatoes, coconut custard and a macadamia shortbread crust. You won’t find anything else like it.

6320 NE Sandy Blvd.
Online: ohanahawaiiancafe.com

photo: poetas via flickr

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—Anna Doogan