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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!!  

Tastebud

We, along with most of Multnomah Village have been waiting for this for a long time. They opened last week and today we finally  got to try Tastebud.  We got there at 5:15 and they called us when our table was ready, about 40 minutes later.  So worth the wait!  If you are with kids, the best place to be is all the way in the back where the kids can watch the woodfired oven and all the action. Our kids loved it!  The dudes gave us the play-by-play of everything that came out of that oven.  Lowell’s favorite where the oven braised clams with bacon and lemon wine sauce.  Aidan’s favorite was the lamb sausage and jalapeño pizza, but with the jalapeño taken off.  Both dudes loved the bruschetta with butternut squash and rabbit confit.  Dessert was of course a no-brainer.  We were lucky we got there when we did, as we were leaving at around 7:00 they were quoting a 60 to 75 minute wait.  We are thrilled to have them, and we will be back. The boys were so excited. It’s not just the food, but it’s all the people watching and being able to watch that oven if you get that right table!

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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!

  

  

  

  

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! 

   

Ataula

The dudes finally made it to Ataula, a Spanish tapas place we’ve been meaning to try but seeing the crowds we knew we couldn’t just go any old night on a whim. We went Saturday and arrived 15 minutes before they opened at 4:30 and there were already people waiting, but we got in and as the dudes will attest- this place is awesome!! The chorizo dogs were yummy, the meatballs were to die for, and the ham specials were delicious (mom got the special with 4 year aged ham, from a pig that was fed only acorns and grass for its last four years served with a poached egg, potatoes, and assorted exotic mushrooms- comfort food at its finest!!). The boys shares the seafood paella – they loved the seafood but Lolo wasn’t a big fan of the rice (it was a dirty rice instead of the saffron rice they are accustomed to). Apparently the desert was outstanding but mom was too full to try it. The boys will be back for sure. The staff was awesome and took time to explain everything to us and treated the boys like little adults, and the noise level is such that the kids can be loud and no one would even know it. Either get there right before they open, or go with a party of six or more so you can reserve a table, but it was truly amazing!! Although now I feel compelled to try ham that has not been aged for four years and not fed exclusively acorns so I have something to compare it to, but that of course was lost on the dudes.

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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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Aidan and Lolo get their sushi on at Sho

As we sit here waiting for our food I’m amazed (and kind of frightened) that our almost-6 year olds are talking about how Bluehour has a new chef. At soccer today Aidan recognized a Gentleman’s Boke Bowl T-shirt despite the fact that we’ve only been there once (and it didn’t say “Boke Bowl” anywhere). But here we are, at our dudes’ favorite restaurant. Can never go wrong here. So much so that our dudes tolerate the wait on a Friday night!!!

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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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