I used to have a very generous restaurant budget. New York City is like a playground for your tongue with your wallet wagging happily behind.
But things changed. We moved to Oregon. Mr. Toddler Pants is a terrible fine dining companion. I use most of my billable hours to hang out with him, and he doesn’t pay well.
This would be disheartening, except that we both love to eat second breakfast and second lunch and sometimes second dinner. Our voracious eyes are always on the lookout for a new cheap and delicious meal (ideally somewhere they won’t hate us for our occasional outbursts).
Here are three West Portland spots that we will come slobbering back to:
Portland: Multnomah Village
I think Hobbits make the biscuits here. Giant, fluffy, and out-of-this-world when topped with butter and honey. Breakfast food is the way to go (hey, they won an award for best hangover brunch, and K-Pants and I can dig that). Omelets are good; hash browns aren’t homemade, but as long as they’re crisp, Mr. Pants and I will clean our plates.
Portland: Northwest Hills
You can get a burger and fries for about $6 and the milkshakes are less than $4. There’s no pretense here—just straightforward diner food with 50s décor, comfy booths, and toys that kids can bring to the table.
Beaverton: Cedar Hills
No matter where you are, you probably have one of these nearby. For a Friday night dinner under $15 where you can take a cranky toddler pet and his emotional minder, it doesn’t get better. There’s noise and lots of activity, and the fries and burgers are great.Family-Friendly Food Adventures is going to be a running series on Momsicle. If you would like to contribute or guest post, please let me know! * * * * * * * Title treatment: Graphic watercolor background from August Empress. Graphic fonts for personal use from Dafont.com. Beautiful sites: Check them out!