Greetings, lovely Portland Chowhounds! I am so lucky to be planning another salvo at your plethora of food offerings, our seventh trip in the last couple of years. We'll be with a small for the first few days (Thurs night to Sat night), then meals for two thereafter til Tues.
I've sent out emails to a couple of places to check that they allow (and don't mind) kids. She's 5.5 years old but used to "adult" restaurants and we'd take her out of the room in the unlikely event of a meltdown, of course.
Thinking Farm Café, Tara Thai (for Lao food), Savoy Tavern (bistro area allows minors), Bent Brick (they actually have a short kids' menu), Taqueria Nueve and/or La Calaca Camelona for dinners. Any of these stand out as either a) not chow worthy or b) rabidly unkidfriendly? Weve made the mistake of targeting specifically kiddy oriented rooms previously and are trying to avoid that, but don't want to horrify other patrons when we arrive either. Because of Ox's awkwardness, was contemplating trying that at 4:30 pm with the girl -- utter madness? mad genius? Is Davenport early suitable for her? What are we thinking about Bar Mingo these days?
Lunches I'm less worried about. We're thinking Burrasca's or Picnic if the weather cooperates, Devil's Dill, Maurice, Tarad Thai for the northern Thai dishes, Taqueria Santa Cruz plus doughtnuts! Is the Imperial burger still worthy? We have NO good burgers at home so all candidates welcome, that are cooked to order and not too fancy. Matchbox Lounge was a fave, now it's Savoy Tavern's, so that's an idea of what I like.
Breaky/brunch ideas: Radar (since I'm cheesed off at Broder's lines), Sen Yai for Thai congee,
Happy hour/snack targets include Noble Rot for the burger and view, Robo Taco for al pastor tacos only, Tanuki (NO KIDS),
Beverages (without the small one!) might cover off Bee Thinking's mead market, Reverend Nat's and Saint Honore for cider, Silk for the cilantro kumquat gimlet, Base Camp, Belmont Station
New-to-us coffee sightings: Cathedral, Christopher David, Grindhouse, Portland Roasting, new Coava if it's open, new Heart downtown. Maybe Either/Or in Sellwood. Anything else newish and good? For reference, Spella is the SO's current fave in the area.
Open to critiques, better ideas, disses and general input. Many thanks!