Summers in Portland are way too short to eat indoors. And who wants to cook when it’s hot outside? The following local eateries are hot, hot, hot when temperatures start to rise and, as a huge bonus for parents, they also roll out the welcome mat for kiddos.
Teote offers a simple Latin American menu featuring arepas – Venezuelan-style corn cakes with a choice of toppings like chicken breast, brisket, chorizo or black beans. The backyard patio is perfect on scorching hot days because it’s shaded in the afternoon and hidden away from the street. It also features an outdoor bar for long summer evenings and a fire pit for cooler months. A kids’ menu offers smaller portions of arepas or beans and rice.
1615 SE 12th Ave.
Online at teotepdx.com
Pause is always packed with happy families, and it’s not just for the free bowl of buttered noodles for kids under 12. Along with their outdoor patio – an urban retreat with picnic tables and a view of their garden – they also have juicy cheeseburgers for adults and kids, as well as specials with dishes fitting for whatever is in season. To top it off, the wait staff is friendly and endlessly patient with squirrelly kids.
5101 N. Interstate Ave.
Online at yelp.com
photo: Radio Room
You won’t find many Portland restaurants so committed to outdoor dining that they have they not one, but two patios. The rooftop deck at Radio Room is reserved for adults of legal drinking age only, so remember that one for date night. At the street-level “downstairs” patio, little ones are happily welcomed until 9 p.m. A kids’ menu offers breakfast, lunch and dinner items all day long. French toast for dinner? Sure, why not? Bring Fido too because even your dog’s welcome here.
1101 NE Alberta St.
Online at radioroompdx.com
Years ago, the expansive patio was just a parking lot. Now, it’s filled with picnic tables and lined with crisp white lights. Kerns Kitchen rides that oh-so-Portland line of casual and highbrow, from morning coffee through brick oven pizza for dinner. There’s no kids’ menu here, but the younger set won’t complain about pizza for dinner and you won’t grumble about the reasonably-priced breakfast sandwiches. Furry family members are welcome on this patio, too; buy an entree, and your pup gets a homemade treat.
2935 NE Glisan St.
Online at kernskitchenpdx.com
photo: Fleur De Lis Bakery & Cafe
Fleur De Lis Bakery & Cafe
Indoors, there’s a kids’ play corner with books and toys. Outdoors, there’s a partially covered patio area where you can watch the world stroll by. Conveniently located near the Hollywood branch of the Multnomah County Library, there are plenty of parents, but it’s not overrun with kids (except maybe after library story times). Remember not to promise the kids one of the coveted cinnamon rolls before you arrive, because once they sell out for the day, they’re gone.
3930 NE Hancock St.
Online at fleurdelisbakery.com
Bumblekiss is as adorable as its name. Ask for a seat on the patio, and settle in for pancakes and scrambles on a sunny morning. If it’s not quite warm enough to sit outside, as the seasons or weather patterns change, outdoor heaters are ready and available. This neighborhood breakfast and lunch joint is as friendly to pint-sized locals as to their parents — books and toys are provided to keep the little ones happy while they wait.
3517 NE 46th Ave.
Online at yelp.com
Caldera Public House
Sometimes you want to hang out in your backyard, and sometimes you just want to feel like you’re in your backyard while letting someone else cook and do the dishes. Walk through Caldera Public House to the back patio, kick back, and relax. The kids’ menu has the usual suspects (grilled cheese sandwiches with tater tots), but bring another grownup to share an order of the bourbon-soaked brie.
6031 SE Stark St.
Online at calderapublichouse.com
Where do you take the kids when the sun peeks out from behind the clouds? Tell us in the Comments!
— Kelley Gardiner