Lunch

Waffilicious at the French Quarter

So we took the dudes to the new waffle truck that opened up at the corner of 35th and Multnomah at the “French Quarter”, home to the amazing Noy Viet Lao, Eagle Fish (formerly “Kris’ Fish”), Hey Stella and Parson Farms.  We are so lucky to have all this in our little neighborhood!  So as far as the waffle truck: it has breakfast waffles, dessert waffles, and waffles that can be eaten for lunch or dinner.  Some examples include eggs and bacon on waffles, ham cheese and tomato on waffles, chicken pesto waffles, banana and Nutella waffles, peanut butter, jelly and bacon waffles – you get the picture. Hopefully they will put up the menu on the web soon because I couldn’t remember all of the choices!  Mom and dad are on a diet and couldn’t try the waffles but judging by their faces they were giant hits and we will be back!

Spork

We stopped here for lunch on the way to Steens Mountain. It’s located just outside of downtown Bend.  We didn’t know what to expect with this Mexican/Asian fusion order at the register place but the menu looked good and it had a good crowd.  It was by far our best find this year!  Lowell ordered the chilaquiles.  It was a mild dish but good, and they added a small pile of jalapeños in case you wanted to kick it up a notch.  Aidan got the shredded pork rice bowl, the pork was sweet and really well done, with the sauce I can’t describe that had peanuts and vegetables in it.  Dad got the cat fish tacos. Again, really good.  Dad is from the south and knows what fried catfish should taste like -the catfish was lightly fried in clean oil, lightly seasoned and perfectly cooked with a side of jalapeños in case you want to add some kick to it.  I got the Carnitas Sando which was a slow roasted pork sandwich with a fried egg, cabbage and other vegetables, cotija cheese and yucca chips and lots of amazing sauce.  Definitely not the low-fat option but it was amazing.  We SO need a Spork in Portland. We all agreed it would go over really well. Everyone there is really nice, the music is loud, but this helps drown the noise of the kids, and we were in and out of there really fast!  Love!!!

www.sporkbend.com

Double Happiness

We needed a place to stop for lunch on the way to Burns and we were burger and a hotdog’d out so we found ourselves at Double Happiness Chinese restaurant off Hwy 20 in Bend.  We were a little wary at first, but the food wasn’t half bad. It’s your standard run-of-the-mill Chinese restaurant. Lolo ordered “mothers chicken”. which he was very excited about.  Dad was disappointed with his Kung Pao shrimp: hardly any shrimp and way too much  zucchini.  The sweet and sour was ok, same with the chow mein.  The portions were WAY too big though.  The boys liked it and that’s all that mattered!

Takoda’s

This weekend we went camping in the Three Sisters wilderness area, and while we did our fair share of hotdogs and smores, we decided to go out to lunch in “Rainbow” Oregon.  We thought it would be appropriate to take the boys to lunch in “Nimrod”, Oregon but there were no restaurants there.  So we ended up at Takoda’s. It was actually pretty good. They serve breakfast, lunch and dinner, they have a pretty good beer selection and cocktail list, very kid friendly, with a gift shop that has everything you don’t need but want to buy anyway (lots of candy and a great jelly belly selection).  We ordered burgers and Ruebens, and everything was very good. The service was great, everyone there is really nice, and Takoda’s is conveniently located next to the only grocery and gas station within a good distance!  Two thumbs up for Takoda’s!

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!!

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! 

   

Down to Earth Cafe

We used to go here when they served Persian food for dinner.  We are sad they don’t do dinner anymore, but they have a huge breakfast and lunch menu and the family that owns it are wonderful people. The service is great, and the food is consistently good, which is always hard to pull off when you have such a huge menu.  Get a window table and the kids can entertain themselves people watching. 

 

Renner’s Grill

Well, the dudes can now finally blog about Renner’s in the Village.  That’s because Renner’s Grill is an awesome bar, but because it is a bar, there are no kids allowed.  Aidan and Lowell still have 15 years to wait to get in, but today, thanks to what they are calling the “French Quarter” on the corner of Multnomah and 35th, the boys’ were able to finally eat Renner’s food, near Renner’s.  They are serving food and cocktails there each weekend.  Today they were serving up Creole food (apparently Josh can cook anything!).  Aidan and Lowell both got the red beans and rice, which was amazing (they frequently order better than us).  My etoufee was pretty darn good, and dad enjoyed his Muffaletta, which he said was pretty darn authentic and tasty – just needed a little more bread for all the meat and olive salad.  It was yummy and we were happy the boys finally got to try it!  The whole French Quarter thing is pretty fun too.  It’s really family friendly – vendors selling all sorts of stuff, crafts and face painting for the kids, music, the Flying Fish Truck, the Pho truck, and of course, our beloved Renner’s!

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