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.

Mother’s Bistro and Bar
Mother’s is homey comfort food for everyone, from great grandma and grandpa to the tiniest tykes, in a comfortable and bright downtown space. You’ll find some traditional kids menu items here, but you’ll also find goodies like meatloaf, pot roast with smashed potatoes and seasonal vegetables, and chicken with herb dumplings and gravy. Fruit smoothies, hand-dipped milkshakes and root beer floats are the perfect sweet endings. Parents can enjoy crab cakes, short rib pot roast or handmade potato pierogi with one of the house-infused cocktails, like the Pear Ginger Cosmo. Don’t forget to save room for the pie of the day or one of the assorted homemade sorbets.

212 SW Stark St.
Online: mothersbistro.com

photo: starleigh via flickr

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

—Anna Doogan