|Pok Pok Caesar|
We have been meaning to visit Portland for some time. D and I are Food Network addicts and Portland is on the menu more often that seems coincidence. Well, in the case of Diners, Drive-ins and Dives, it is because the host's college buddy lives there. None the less, it is rife with interesting and quality eats. The question remained, could it be truly "Family Friendly". What does that mean to me? And not the likes of the PR folks behind TGIFridays or Chucky Cheese (oh the horror). It means:
1. Room for strollers between the tables (or allowance of entry of strollers, Earl's in Banff get's around the not so savoury barring of babies by disallowing strollers, nice. Booo)
2. Servers who do not cringe at the sight of you being seated at their table or are in face pleased with the chubby faces of their future patrons!
3. Relatively quick turnaround and/or willingness to bring food in whatever order it is ready so as not to protract a meal that could explode from either end, either vicerally or vocally.
4. If a child is over 6 months, free offerings of a plate of easy eats like, peas or mashed potatoes for the baby.
5. Speakers that are NOT blaring ambiance music at club volume
6. Fellow patrons that are understanding that you too deserve a night out even though you do not have nanny or family support.
7. Food that could be eaten with one hand if necessary.
8. THE MOST IMPORTANT criteria folks is, CHANGE TABLE in the toilets.
We encountered places that surprised us on this tally. Actually, most did though number 8 was a sore disappointment in many. Our first meal out was at the acclaimed Pok Pok Thai Restaurant. Pok Pok was originally a shack in the South East side of town. It expanded to include a seated indoor restaurant but still has the charming take out window and shanty-like patio. We first saw it on DD&D on Food TV. The owner, a white dude from Portland, decided he would bring REAL Thai food to the masses. In a town full of Thai restaurants and food trucks run by Thai, that is quite a challenge. He presses his own coconut milk and offers an array of dishes not found on any Thai restaurant I've been to in North America or Europe. Let's face it, in the UK, Thai Food = Phad Thai in pubs and that is the one dish you will NOT find on his menu.
|Pok Pok Trout|
It is rather out of the way. It is not near town at all. You can either cab it or take the tram and a bus. Since it was our first night, we really didn't have our bearings so we hadn't realised out spread out the city and the tour list was. So we bit the bullet and took a cab. Little T was pretty chilled out on the cab ride down to the restaurant. The seated indoor bit is in the back. I was initially pleased we were indoors because it did not look comfortable for a family to be on the rickety chairs on the outdoor shanty patio. As well, as I looked around, there were three other small children seated nearby and I thought well, we're all in it together. Then, I changed my mind when I realised how loud the ambient musik was. It was probably set to the same volume for the outdoor speakers and the booth we were given was up against a wall under the speaker. Booths are great for impromptu breastfeeding but not for strategic speaker avoidance. T didn't need a feed, so I was tempted to be asked to move but the tables were all quite small for two so I didn't bother. I was tempted to put on his sound muffling earphones but D thought he'd be fine.
|Pok Pok Papaya Salad|
|Pok Pok Boar Collar|
|Pok Pok Khao Soi Kai Vegetarian|
|Pok Pok Khao Soi Kai Condiments|
Ambiance: Shanty, Casual, Beach
Service: Friendly, efficient
Family Friendly Rating: 6/8
Pok Pok and Whiskey Soda LoungeRichmond
3226 SE Division St
Portland, OR 97202
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