As the school year comes to a close, parents begin to wonder where to eat with their children while they're at home for the summer. Below, Eater's got five kid-friendly options from food trucks to tea shops. Check them out and do leave other favorites in the comments below.
Bite into Maine Food Truck
Sitting still at a restaurant can take a toll on the patience of young diners and parents alike. That's where food trucks come in. Bite into Maine's lobster rolls are considered among the best in America, and the truck is stationed throughout the summer at scenic Fort Williams park. Finish off a modern take on a classic Maine sandwich while you snap shots of The Portland Headlight or wander along the cliffs; in the meantime, your kids can explore the Civil War era ruins, take a turn on the swingset, or fly kites across the numerous green spaces.
1000 Shore Rd, Cape Elizabeth; schedule here.
Homegrown Herb & Tea
Halfway up Munjoy Hill, Homegrown Herb & Tea is a cozy retreat featuring herbal blends and crockpot lunches created by owner Sarah Richards. The space is welcoming to those toting laptops, books, or babies. They even have a selection of teas especially for moms and kids.
195 Congress Street, Portland.
Vena's Fizz House
A twist on ye olde fashioned soda shoppe, Vena's Fizz House mixes up alcohol-free sodas and mocktails for both the young and the young at heart. Some drinks such as the chocolate phosphate or egg cream may remind the older crowd of their younger years, and there is plenty to test and expand palates of all ages. After you sip at the bar, spend some time in the retail shop perusing a well-curated assortment of bitters, cocktail accoutrements, and vintage glassware— a sure sign this isn't just another stop for the kids.
345 Fore Street, Portland.
With dozens of Maine markets to choose from, you can nourish your family any day of the week with fresh, local ingredients for home and kid-friendly snacks for on the go. From honey sticks to peaches, there are lots of wholesome treats to tempt the whole family. Kids will love exploring the outdoor summer markets, and many locations have live music, activities, and more.
Little ones love to be where the action is, and they can be right there with a visit to the Old Port outpost of Leroux Kitchen. In between shopping for gadgets and taste testing to find your favorite olive oil, pop upstairs to Leroux's second floor for free cooking demos (including samples) most Saturdays. Coming up May 24th, kids and parents alike can enjoy a barbecue demo and hot dog tasting. An engaging way to prep for your Memorial Day picnic!
161 Commercial Street, Portland.
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