Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area Family Restaurants
Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area Family Friendly Restaurants
•Hood River, OR •541-386-1448
On a rainy day, this downtown Hood River restaurant, with a full lineup of pizzas, vegetarian options, salads and Stromboli's has an edge, thanks to a children's play area and arcade. It's also connected to the Skylight Theater, making it handy for family movie night.
Apple Valley BBQ Restaurant
•Parkdale, OR •541-352-3554
If you're visiting the Fruit Loop Wednesday through Sunday and craving barbecue, this small family restaurant serves a variety of cherrywood smoked ribs, pulled pork, smoked meatloaf, jerked chicken, pear coleslaw and cornbread salad and an over-the-top "danger zone" burger with pulled pork, two cheeseburger patties, bacon and barbecue sauce. It also has kids' meals, local brews, plus fruit pies and ice cream pies for dessert.
•Hood River, OR •541-386-1880
This homey café makes great burgers and sandwiches served on big fresh buns and hearty breakfasts, such as fresh crab Benedict and quiche, but it's most beloved for its cinnamon rolls (baked on Wednesdays and weekends) and pie. Look for choices such as peach, cherry, marionberry and apple pies, taking advantage of what's in season from local orchards. Kids' meal choices include pancakes with M&Ms and peanut butter and banana sandwiches.
Full Sail Brewing Company
•Hood River, OR •541-386-2247
Like most Oregon brewpubs, the Full Sail Brewing Company is family friendly and serves a variety of kid-approved food, such as burgers, sandwiches and fish and chips. And while they might snub appetizers, such as the signature beer cheese soup, you'll get their attention with white chocolate cherry bread pudding for dessert or a Crater Lake root beer float (parents can be more adventurous and order a beer float). If you want to know more about the brews, join one of the free daily brewery tours, which allow children 12 and older with a parent.
Solstice Wood Fire Cafe and Bar
•Hood River, OR •541-436-0800
After an afternoon at Waterfront Park, this restaurant offers one of the closest and most satisfying places to satisfy a hunger with rustic, inventive pizzas, grilled salmon, wood-fired chicken and Moroccan beef stew. It's also a good place for local brews, wines and hard ciders.