Kid Friendly

Kris’ Fish (formerly known as the awesome neighborhood fish truck) does it again!

Ok, seriously folks.  This place is worse than a candy store.  We can’t ever get out with just what we came for.  The amazing fish and meat are enough, but then there’s the crab and salmon dips, the salsas, the zucchini relish, and cheese and salami, and that’s not everything.  But the other day we went in for some fish for dinner and Kris had Dover Sole stuffed with crab and artichoke.  Pre-made?  Just throw in the oven?  Nothing to do?  Kris suggested we slice the top and put a dollop of brie or some other creamy cheese.  Oh my god.  It was to die for.  The boys loved it and it took no effort on my part.  It was creamy and delicious and we sincerely hope Kris does this again.  We love you Kris!!!  Be sure and check out Kris’ Fish Facebook page and if you haven’t been there recently, her new digs.  No more truck!  It’s an actual structure!  Still at 35th and Multnomah!

 

Medley

Now this may not be the most kid friendly place in the Village – depends on the kid.  Lots of cool tea pots that could be broken, and the people in here just want to relax over some tea and food so it may not be for kids that can’t keep the decibel level down, but ours had a blast.  Aidan loves tea so we got him a pot of mint tea which he got to steep himself.  Lowell isn’t really a tea guy so he got some O.J.  This is the place to go for tea, whether you want to drink it there or buy it to drink at home.  Their selection is enormous (and the tea is pretty good too).  Aidan got the berry compote crepes – big hit, and Lowell got the finger egg salad sandwiches – twice.  Mom got the bagel and lox.  Everything was wonderful and the people there were very sweet to the boys.  Medley is a place that seems to encourage conversation, even with 8 year olds.  No distractions, just us and our food and tea.  Everything was delicious, and the dudes ended it with some pineapple carrot cake.  Dudes give it two thumbs up!!

Killer Burger

Well, because of poor planning on our part and nowhere else to go for dinner, we (gasp) took the dudes to Killer Burger. Lolo loved it, much to our surprise considering how frequently he shuns meat.  However, he said he did not like their fries and the music was too loud.  Although he ate almost the whole thing, Aidan said he wasn’t crazy about it.  It was too messy he said.  He also said it was too small (we got the boys the smaller “girlie” burgers) . It was clear that Lolo was really into it.  It was great people watching for the boys, the TV was on so they got to see some sports and commercials, but will we go back again anytime soon?   Probably not.  We of course loved ours, but we should have gotten the girlie burgers too.  I can’t move right now.

Broder Soder

   
   
This place is the best thing to happen to Southwest Portland in a decade.  Amazing food that you probably haven’t had before, wonderful staff, kid friendly but relaxing for the grown ups too, and for us Southwest Portlanders, we now don’t have to cross a river to enjoy it!  Aidan got the “hot dog” – the true name is more than my brain can handle (Tunnbrodsrulle).  OH MY LORD!  It was basically a hot dog in a wrap filled with a shrimp salad and a potato pancake, and yes, not only did it work but it was delicious!!  (Aidan’s pick). Lolo got the crepe, which is more his style and which he thoroughly enjoyed, dad got the Smorrbrod (sandwich trio), which he said were very good as long as you are willing to expand your horizons a bit.  Not flavors we are used to.  I tried to get everyone to share some cream herring salad with me, but I was all alone on that one.  It was a giant hit!  We actually went there awhile back but mom’s been behind, but now has to update the dudes’ blog because we are due to go again!!  

Smallwares

Aidan:  “it was super good. The chicken pot pie sticky bun was super good.”  Lowell’s  favorite was the smoked potatoes with horseradish and egg.  They both loved the Ramen, but many of the dishes were just different enough that they weren’t quite sure what to make of them. Even their homemade root beer threw the dudes for a loop (cloves maybe?).  But this is what made mom and dad love it.  We’ve had our fair share of Carlton farms pork and all the other stuff on every other Portland menu- this was a wonderfully unique dinner.  Mom and dad will be back, and hopefully Aidan and Lowell will soon!

  

  

  

  

Troutini

This is the first review where mom and dad did not help in the review.

Lowell says it was great and he would go back there.  “i’m telling you, it’s way far out”. (From Aidan) The corn chowder and french fries were really good.  The crab melt was really good but without the cheese or the tomato. Just the crab and bread.  Lowell:  their lemonade is better than dad’s because the lady said it was made with fresh lemons.

From mom and dad:  Not cheap, great Martinis and service, and you can safely eat in Troutdale.  It was dead on a Thursday at lunch which allowed the dudes to goof off more than we would normally allow.   And who knew that fries dipped in corn chowder would be such a big hit!

    
    
 

Oak & Olive

Well, we finally have a new restaurant in Hillsdale.  We got there at 5:00 and by the time we got our first dish it was packed.  VERY kid friendly, wide open layout, and they really love olive oil (the shirts the dudes wore are ruined). It’s busy, full of kids – definitely not the place to go for your romantic dinner, but the dudes loved it and the food was pretty good.  Lolo got the green olive pizza, which was a hit, and Aidan got the smoked salmon ravioli, also a hit.  The Muffaletta was “too spicy” for them, but we picked up the slack.  You order at the counter and then sit, but everything went smoothly.  Overall quite pleased.  The dudes will be back!