With a name like Mother’s, you know your family will feel right at home dining at this award-winning (best comfort food, best brunch, best lunch spot) bistro in downtown Portland. Chef and Owner Lisa Schroeder is a mother and grandmother herself, and she prides herself on serving “mother food,” or slow-cooked dishes made with love. The chandelier-filled restaurant boasts a relaxed ambiance, as the friendly staff infuses a welcoming vibe throughout your meal. With very reasonable prices — most brunch entrees ring up at under $10—Mother’s is the perfect choice for an enjoyable meal out with little ones.

Kids may even drum-up an impromptu playdate by bonding with children seated at other, closely situated tables. There’s something to suit everyone’s taste and diet, from meat-eaters to vegans and those who are gluten intolerant. Children may order from the kid’s menu; but entree portions are large enough to divvy up with a kiddo who shares your taste.

Wild Salmon or Tofu Hash, handmade Pierogi, Mother’s Reuben, Breakfast Nachos (which pile ingredients atop red roast potatoes instead of chips), and a homemade buttermilk biscuit breakfast smothered in country sausage gravy are standouts alongside delicious signature egg dishes. If you arrive after 11:30 am, an extensive list of mouth-watering sandwiches is also available off the lunch menu.

Fans of sweet over savory brunches will be wide-eyed over Mother’s Belgian Waffle, which is magically moist on the inside, and crispy on the outside. Crunchy French Toast dipped in cornflakes, and buttermilk pancakes with chocolate chips round out the delectable offerings for those who opt for griddle-prepared fare.

Don’t miss the Fair Trade, organic French Press coffee selection to indulge in a strong, sophisticated dose of caffeine—perfect for keeping up with your tykes for the rest of the day!

212 SW Stark Street, at the corner of Second Avenue, Portland, 503-464-1122

*Closed on Mondays

—Beth Shea