Tag Archives: Lunch

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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Side Door Cafe

This place is great for lunch.  We haven’t been there for dinner yet, so we can’t say, but it’s a nice but casual spot that is uniquely decorated (and chalkboards in the bathroom which can be good or bad, depending on your perspective).  We never do, but kids should split a dish if not ordering a kids meal (if you haven’t noticed, our guys never order off the kids menu except for Verde Cocina and their cheesy eggs).  Pictured here Lowell is enjoying the tuna cheddar melt.  They do very large, cheesy, crabby, shrimpy, tuna – whatever – it’s going to be large and cheesy.  Don’t bother with an appetizer, as tempting as it may be.  They also have some pasta, salads, and quesadillas etc., but we always go for the large, dripping cheesy sandwiches.  Aidan and Lowell like the food, but the colorfully decorated restaurant keeps them happy while they wait.

The Dundee Bistro – Can never go wrong here.

We are getting through the last of the oldies and are going to start new this Friday (don’t know where we are going yet) We love this place, and now that they are old enough Aidan and Lowell love it too.  We always hit it for lunch either on our way to or from the beach. The food is consistently good, they are nice to the dudes (even though there are never many kids when we are there), and they almost always have a clam or mussel dish, which means the dudes will always be happy (and wine for mom and dad, which makes us happy)IMG_5425 2.  The pizza is good, and the burger is awesome although for whatever reason Lowell and Aidan are not into burgers.  ?????  Love, love, love the Dundee Bistro!