Eating out with the kiddos can be a mixed bag. On the one hand, it is truly delightful to skip the cooking and cleaning up. But finding yummy food, at a reasonable price point, while not having to wait too long, has its own bag of challenges. What to do and where to do it? Well, how about checking out this uber-family-friendly ‘hood where over twenty restaurants are cozied up within eight short, flat blocks of one another and there’s ample, free, street parking to boot. That’s right. You literally cannot sneeze without finding yourself at the doorway of another option for you and your hungry helpers.
You will see Portland faves like Grand Central Bakery, Pizzicato, Noho’s Hawaiian, Hoda’s Middle Eastern, Tuk Tuk Thai tastiness and Cha Cha Cha here. There are the global chains here, too like Starbucks and Papa Murphy’s. Or, you can decide amongst some unique and local options like third generation family owned-Italian at Amalfi’s, Alameda Brewing Co’s pub grub or Smallwares inauthentic (and better for older kiddos) Asian.
If you want to grab some breakie head to Alameda Cafe or Eclectic Kitchen or choose from several options for delish coffee (Ristretto Roasters) and doughnuts (Pip’s Original), Bagel Land for its freshest morning delights, or munch on some very famous sour cream coffee cake at Jim and Patty’s.
If it’s a hot day, there are a couple options for the ever popular with young hands self-serve fro yo (Yo Coice and Beaumont Market) and dining al fresco is available pretty much everywhere…with either sizable, private back patios or groovy people-watching tables along the main drag.
Where oh where is all of this yummy, affordable goodness so closely housed together for famished families? Why it’s all there to be had in the super-accommodating playborhood of Beaumont Village!
Close-in NE Goodness
Officially, Beaumont Village runs from NE 33rd to NE 50th with its main commercial stretch from NE 42nd to NE 50th on NE Fremont. It is here along NE Fremont that all the foodie magic happens (with the exception of Ristretto Roasters and Bumblekiss who are both just one building back). Red Fig, Pizza Nostra (selling slices and pies to go), and Stanich’s with their classic burger are all serving up tasty meals and would love you and the offspring to join ‘em.
NE Fremont also hosts A Children’s Place Bookstore which is a must visit with your young readers and Hattie’s Sweet Shop which is rapidly becoming a holiday sweets and treats staple for the ‘hood as well (they also have a location in Multnomah Village). If you’re looking to burn off the calories of a fabu meal or want to work up an appetite before, hit up one of these nearby playgrounds: Grant Park, Wilshire Park or Fernhill Park. Beaumont Middle School is right at NE 42nd and Fremont and sports a large, level field for running and tag, but no play structure. Beaumont Village also runs two family friendly festivals each year – the summertime Fremont Fest (fire truck, kiddos on bikes parade, vendors in the street) and the December Festival of Lights (Santa, shopping and live music).
The Village People
Beaumont Villagers love their little hamlet tucked away within the bigger PDX city madness. Not only does BV serve up a splendid stretch of eating options, there are lovely shops and services to be had here as well. It sure is easier to dine out with hungry hippos when it’s accessible in every sense of the word. Bon appetit!
What’s your fave place to dine in Beaumont?
Hearty thank yous for the photos I Love Beaumont Village, Noho’s Hawaiian, Amalfi’s and A Children’s Place Facebook pages and Liz Overson.