Although not a traditional buffet, diining at Toji Korean Grill is a unique experience and you get so much food it is almost like an all you can eat restaurant. They serve traditional Korean BBQ, meaning you can cook the meat of your choice at the table on an open grill. If cooking your own food is not appealing to you, don't worry you can order your meat already cooked. The have assorted meats to choose from and the menu will guide you on how many people you can feed with an order. Along with the meat comes 6-8 banchan (side dishes). Possible banchan you may receive are spicy kimchi, green beans, bean curd, marinated potatoes, calamari, rice bowls, lettuce wraps and soup.
Grassa is a casual Italian eatery that serves handcrafted fresh pasta and features a rotating menu based on seasonal availability. Here the portions are large and affordable. You will find a great variety of pasta here including squid pasta and hazelnut pesto pasta, as well as seasonal salads. You order at the small counter as soon as you walk in. They give you a number and you seat yourselves. There is already silverware, napkins, glasses, and water on the table. They have extremely long tables perfect for larger families. If you have kids with you sit at the kitchen counter where they can watch the food being prepared. They might even get some dough to play with.
First-rate cuisine is this restaurant's hallmark, as exemplified by their gourmet sandwiches and continental-styled entrees. So it is with their fabulous desserts, which have achieved almost legendary status in town. You never knew that sugar and flour could reach such heights until you yield to the temptations of Papa Haydn's dessert menu. At more than two pages, it's full of sinful treats that you'll agonize over. Should you have black velvet mousse? How about raspberry chocolate terrine? No matter which pie, cake, pastry or torte you ultimately select, it's certain that you'll go into paroxysms of delight after the first bite. Just give in, though. There'll be exercise bikes tomorrow. Some of their sauces are even available in jars to take home. Second location on east side: 5829 SE Milwaukie Ave, Portland, OR 97202; 503-232-9440.
Cha Cha Cha serves fresh delicious, high quality, authentic Mexican food. They do this at low prices in a fun, casual environment at 9 different locations around the Portland metro. The most expensive item on their menu is still under eleven dollars. Their enormous burritos are only $6.50 making it one of the most affordable dining options in Portland. They offer massive burritos, enchiladas, tacos, nachos, tamales, soups, fajitas, and salads all made with organic local ingredients. Some popular dishes here are the chili verde burrito, spicy Tinga tacos, and Cha Mole enchiladas. Cha Cha Cha offers a wide selection of tequilas, margaritas and other cocktails.
Nicholas Restaurant makes incredible Lebanese and Middle Eastern food and their prices are extremely affordable, especially for families. They have been serving authentic Lebanese food in Portland since 1986 after the original family members came to America from Lebanon. The portions are large and meant for sharing. The portions are so large a family of five can easily dine on a couple of entrees and an appetizer and actually be full. No matter what you order unlimited pita bread fresh from the oven is included and a garden salad is always served with an entree. Nicholas has two other locations, one on Broadway and one in Gresham.
Built in 1915, this architecturally beautiful structure served generations of students before being closed in 1980. Following a series of renovations by the McMenamin brothers, it reopened as a neighborhood entertainment facility. These days, it houses a 35 room bed and breakfast, restaurant, several bars and a gift shop. Families can grab a bite to eat in the Courtyard Restaurant and if it is a nice day they can site out on the cozy Courtyard Restaurant Patio. Here you can enjoy McMenamin draft beers and wines. Much of the food is organic and they have a nice variety of food choices available. Whether you want a curry, hamburger, salad, or a steak they have it.
Serratto is a lively and elegant neighborhood restaurant serving authentic and innovative dishes from Italy, France and the greater Mediterranean region. The menu, which changes seasonally, is built around a commitment to using natural meats, the freshest seafood, and locally grown fruits and vegetables. All their portions here are generous. They have a kids menu with many entrees just $5, including a massive kids pizza. They also have some fun drink options for kids like fruit punch. Kids will love sharing the pan seared artichoke appetizer with parents. Kids are even allowed anywhere except the bar. So, the whole family can dine off the happy hour menu.
Laurelwood Public House and Brewery, also known as Laurelwood Brewery is an enjoyable relaxed brew pub for anyone, including families. Not only is their food and micro beers delicious, but it's all certified organic and free range. Laurelwood brews their own organic beers and often offer unique seasonal beers. They always have ten of their beers on tap. For families Laurelwood Brewery has assorted play areas sprinkled throughout the restaurant that kids will love. Laurelwood offers a large happy hour menu daily from 3-6 PM and 9 PM - close. On the weekends Laurelwood opens at 10 AM for their delicious brunch
Boxer Ramen is a gourmet ramen shop that families will love, because everyone knows kids love ramen noodles. You can not go wrong with their Tonkotsu , a traditional pork broth, savory and rich. pork belly, soft-poached egg and scallions. The portions here are huge and your $12 bowl of Ramen could easily feed more than one kid, maybe even more than two kids.There are only 4 options for entrees on their menu, but this keeps things simple and quick. When dining with kids you want great food, but you need it to be an efficient experience and Boxer Ramen does both of these perfectly.