Brunch is undeniably one of the best meals of the day when the whole family is home…or you have a quiet afternoon to slip away with your adult family member or friends. Portland has family-friendly and elevated options where you can enjoy this favored meal. So take your morning slow and then gather up your crew and head to one of these mid-morning meal restaurants for next-level eats. We’ve got your list of the best kid-friendly brunch spots in town. Read on to find out more.
Jam on Hawthorn
This popular spot serves up a large selection of classic dishes, including corned beef hash, oatmeal chai blueberry pancakes and Grand Marnier French Toast. But the owners haven't forgotten those with special diets, there's plenty on the menu for vegetarians, vegans and those who need to eat gluten-free. Additionally, there is a kid’s menu and play area for the lil’ ones. Show up early, this eatery tends to regularly have a wait time, especially on the weekends. You'll need to have a mask and proof of vaccine for indoor seating.
Daily, 7:30 a.m.-2 p.m.
2239 SE Hawthorne Blvd.
J & M Cafe
This sunny spot has cozy indoor and outdoor seating that will make you feel at home. They serve up everything from classic specials like waffles and pancakes that will make adults and the kiddos smile, to savory plates that include scrambles, breakfast burritos and even breakfast salads. Don't forget to order a latte for the adults and hot chocolate for the kids. Best of all, this downtown spot puts a lot of effort into serving up what smells, feels and tastes like a home cooked meal. Feel good food, without all the cleanup.
Daily, 8 a.m.-2 p.m.
537 SE Ash St
Tin Shed Garden Café
Family meets farm-to-table at this popular eatery where all the dishes are made from scratch using fresh ingredients from local farms. Not-to-miss items include the house-made buttermilk biscuits and the eggs benedict. Kids and canines each have their own menus, so feel free to bring the whole family. The heated patio is open year-round.
Mon. - Fri. 8 a.m.-2 p.m., Sat-Sun. 7 a.m.-3 p.m.
1438 NE Alberta St.
Prepare for a wait at this much-loved breakfast and brunch spot. Deemed one of Portland’s essential brunch destinations, Screen Door is famous for its down-home, Southern-style fare. They are now offering family style brunch meals that include menu items like chicken and waffles and chicken and biscuits and feed two to four people. Or order off the menu and you'll be hooked too once you try the fried chicken and waffles, brioche French toast, and fried oysters and praline bacon. For more conventional palates, there’s plain pancakes and waffles. To beat those long lines, aim to get there before opening or visit on a weekday.
Daily 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
2337 East Burnside St.
1131 NW Couch
You and the kids will find a warm welcome and relaxed vibe at this long-time Portland crowd pleaser, made famous for its classic comfort food (think biscuits, scrambles, hashes and frittatas) and special Mother of the Month dishes. For the youngest patrons, there’s a small play area and compact kids menu, such as pancakes or scrambled eggs and toast.
Thurs-Sun 9 a.m.-2 p.m. and Thurs-Sat 5 -10 p.m.
212 SW Stark St.
Off the Griddle
Portland families looking for vegan brunch options only need to head to the SE where they will find Off the Griddle. This cozy brunch spot only makes vegan menu items. You can ask for egg and dairy substitutes. Try their breakfast burrito, rise and grind breakfast sandwich, or the biscuits and gravy. If you are feeling your sweet tooth, not to worry they serve up waffles galore. Think waffles and berries and waffles with bananas, syrup and powdered sugar! If you are a little late for brunch, then you'll want to try their lunch. Vegan mac and cheese? Yes please!
Daily 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
6526 SE Foster
— Annette Benedetti