With the unique summer 2020 is experiencing, going out to eat is even more fraught lately. Luckily, plenty of Portland restaurants already have outdoor dining, easily spaced out for safety. Even better, PBOT (Portland Bureau of Transportation) has offered free permits for restaurants to take over parking places and even whole streets in some cases for extra table spaces. The program is expected to last until November, so get out there and take advantage. As of early July over 350 businesses have applied so far! Many are still being accepted and getting set up, so keep an eye on your local streets for pop-up tables. Until then, here are a few favorite picks for kid-friendly outdoor dining, both traditional and new street style!

Click here to check out the full map of all businesses who have applied! 

photo: alvin l. via yelp

Stormbreaker Brewing

Their two locations, one in St Johns and one on Mississippi, were both approved to take over their local streets, so you’ll be able to enjoy plenty of tables at either spot. You’ll find a traditional taproom menu of great burgers, sandwiches, fish’n’chips, and chicken tenders. Award-winning beer included. 

Mississippi Ave.
832 N. Beech St.
Portland, OR
971-703-4516

St. Johns
8409 N Lombard St.
Portland, OR
971-255-1481
Online: stormbreakerbrewing.com

La Buca

This sweet neighborhood cafe on SE 28th and Burnside serves up great Italian food with a friendly staff. While they don’t normally have outdoor dining, the new program is allowing them to take over some parking spaces nearby, set apart from the street with wide planter boxes. Kids will enjoy their own menu with pasta and veggie choices, and parents will enjoy the affordability– and the wine!

40 NE 28th Ave.
Portland, OR
503-238-1058
Online: labucaitaliancafe.com

photo: ashley m via yelp

Mississippi Pizza Pub

This bastion of kid-friendliness on Mississippi isn’t letting any old pandemic stop them– they’ve actually expanded their outdoor seating both in back by borrowing their neighbor’s, and in front by using the parking plazas. Order whole hot pizzas, bread sticks, salads, and drinks, then grab a spot outside to enjoy. Even better, many of their live performances for kids are still happening, like Tallulah’s Daddy on Wednesdays at 11am.

3552 N. Mississippi Ave 
Portland, OR
503-288-3231
Online: mississippipizza.com

Cadillac Cafe

A classic favorite for breakfast in Portland since 1989! They offer outside dining with 6-feet spaced tables on their backyard patio. You might miss out on seeing the still-drivable 1961 pink Cadillac convertible on display inside, but you won’t even miss it with the lush patio and yummy food. You could get lunch and dinner, too, but you’re really there for the French Custard Toast or the Smoked Salmon Benedict. 

1801 NE Broadway St
Portland, OR
503-287-4750
Online: cadillaccafepdx.com

photo: mark a via yelp

Kornblatt’s Deli

Nestled into a corner of NW Portland sits one of the best Jewish deli’s of the Pacific Northwest. With a feel that’s straight from New York in the 60s, you can find bagels, knish, challah, nova lox, blintzes, corned beef hash, pastrami sandwiches, bagel dogs, latkes, pickles, and more! Supremely affordably, the many options make it friendly to even the pickiest of kids. And if you or your kids have never tried an egg cream (not actually eggs or cream, but chocolate, milk, and fizzy water), get them here RIGHT AWAY. They currently have a few outdoor tables, with the expectation of expanding to the parking plaza once permits are approved.

628 NW 23rd Ave
Portland, OR 
 503-242-0055
Online: kornblattsdelipdx.com

Level Beer

The founders of this brewery, situated on an impressive 2-acre property, are parents of young children themselves, and their family-friendly outdoor seating area proves it. Grab a burger, tacos, or falafel from the food carts (some offer only online ordering at this time) and then choose from a selection of beer brewed onsite. The tasting room inside is closed to diners, but you’ll find an impressive greenhouse beer garden along with plenty of outdoor space, with games and even a hop field.

Their Multnomah Village location, while smaller, has also applied for extra space from PBOT, so expect to see more outdoor tables pop up there soon, as well.

5211 NE 148th Avenue
Portland, OR
503-714-1222

Multnomah Village
7840 SW Capital Hwy.
Online: levelbeer.com

photo: chris z via yelp

Tamale Boy Dekum

The Northeast branch of this food-truck-turned-restaurant boasts a well-priced kids’ menu and delicious authentic food from Oaxaca and Northern Mexico. Go for brunch on the weekend and enjoy breakfast burritos and chilaquiles over a game of Candyland– families are welcome to bring games. But the tamales are where it’s really at, so be sure to stop by for an easy weekday dinner, too.

They’re still open for outdoor seating on their large back patio!

1764 NE Dekum St
Portland, OR
503-206-8022
Online: tamaleboy.com

–Katrina Emery

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