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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. 

 

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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Departure

The boys have been here before and it was awesome again. We’ve never ordered anything we didn’t like. Well, none of is are big on the meatballs, although we can’t really articulate why. The boys favorites hands down were the Dungeness crab fried rice and the shumai. Me and dad liked the crab fried rice and the Spring rolls. The scallops and wasabi beef were good, but the crab fried rice is always the best! And nothing beats tempura battered banana, butterscotch and peanut brittle ice cream!!! They are nice to the kids, but get there early!!

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Noisette

So sad that this place is closing. If you haven’t ever tried it, do it while you still can. The staff and food are amazing. We had the rainbow trout salmon rillettes – big hit, the cheese plate, and the scallop (we aren’t sure it was really a scallop, but delicious nonetheless.). We got the lobster and the dudes got the short ribs – the boys devoured everything, but then wanted to know why we didn’t get much food. Good question guys, good question. We should have ordered two plates each. But not complaining! Hope something changes and Noisette stays. It’s now in the dudes’ top three. Love love love Noisette!!! Two thumbs up from the dudes!!

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Flying Fish Truck in Multnomah Village

Aidan’s favorite is the rock fish. Lowell says his is the cod. Their fresh crab is amazing. So is the salmon, and the halibut, which is what we are here for today. Conveniently located right by the Parsons Farm stand, this place rocks! We are so happy to have it so close to us. Kris is always so nice to the dudes and takes time to teach them about what they are eating! Cannot say enough good things about the Flying Fish Truck!

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