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.

A kids happy hour sounds almost too good to be true, but that’s exactly what you’ll find at Yakuza. This izakaya in Northeast serves kid-centric offerings for a special happy hour period on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 5-6 p.m., and Sundays from 5-8 p.m. Adventurous little eaters can enjoy avocado slices, edamame, and shrimp, chicken or pork katsus with rice or noodles. Parents can join in with their own happy hour menu, including hand rolls, katsus and the ridiculously delicious Yakuza burger with chevre, spicy mayo, shoestring potatoes and house catsup. Happy hour just got even happier.

5411 NE 30th Ave.
Online: yakuzalounge.com

photo: saucesupreme via flickr

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

—Anna Doogan