Tag Archives: Dinner

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! 

   

Shark’s Seafood Bar and Steamer

We were meeting a friend who also has six-year-old twins in Newport to go fishing and we needed somewhere to go eat dinner together. I called and asked if they had room for seven in the restaurant and she said that there were no guarantees (they don’t take reservations) but we could give it a try. We did, and we had no idea the restaurant only had 4 tables and a bar and was slammed.  Despite this the service was great although it was a little slow because they were shorthanded. Our server maintained a great sense of humor and was wonderful towards the kids.  The boys all had clams and clam linguine and loved it, two of us had the cioppino which was outstanding. Dad had the crab and while the crab was good he really didn’t need all the veggies and fruit that came with it.  When we got there and saw how small it was we were sure we would not get a seat, much less have such an outstanding dinner.  But it was wonderful!  Two thumbs up for Shark’s!!

      

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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Gruner

We have to admit, we have been here before without the dudes and thought it was time they try it. What we weren’t expecting was just how much they were into it! The beet pickled deviled eggs were a no brainer – we were lucky we got any ourselves! But they devoured the Maulteschen (hope I spelled that right) and the sausage. They weren’t into my lamb, and I can’t blame them. If you come here getimage the sausage. My lamb was fine, but I could have just eaten the deviled eggs and sausage for dinner and been in heaven. Then came the Berliners, they used to be jelly-filled but they changed it to a cookie ganache. The boys were in a zone after one bite. Then there was the pretzel bread… For some reason, the dudes were intrigued by the architecture, and were also closely watching the filming of a Grimm outside. So they were enjoying the food and distracted. Win! As far as kid friendly goes, I wouldn’t take kids that aren’t used to waiting for their food any later than 5:30. They were courteous and treated the dudes well, but I got the impression that they don’t get a lot of 6 year olds in there.

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Arnaud’s

Aidan ordered the fresh fish, and Lowell ordered the duck with blueberry sauce. They ended up trading but they loved it. The bacon wrapped deep-fried oysters were to die for along with the deviled eggs and pretty much everything else we ate. By far the best meal that we’ve had so far. The dudes wore their first suits to this family dinner, and only got a little bit of food all over them!!

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Kachka

After going there alone we decided to go with friends and take the boys with us. We were not disappointed at all. It was festive, the service was outstanding, and we tried things we had never had before. Now, this is not a place to take kids that aren’t willing to try new things. We ordered the cold appetizer tasting menu for the table and it was outstanding – for the grown ups. Aidan and Lowell liked one out of five of the things that they tried. And they tried A LOT. They tried headcheese, pickled watermelon, pickled peppers, various smoked fish, lard wrapped around pickled cucumber with honey, dumplings with sour cherries, tiny smoked fish on pumpernickel toast, eggplant and walnut rolls, the list goes on. ,

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Bluehour

It is the second time here for the guys. The caviar was the star of the show (college is overrated), and Kris delivered outstanding service and everyone was nice to the dudes. The people watching here is good, which Aidan and Lowell enjoy and helps us out too! The dudes had scallops, which they loved, but they really loved mom and dad’s pork tenderloin with Bing cherry sauce! We asked the guys what their favorite thing about Bluehour was. Aidan: the food. Lowell: the dessert. Mom and dad – all of the above. 20140710-183422-66862629.jpg

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