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Susan Axelrod's food writing career began in the kitchen; she owned a restaurant and catering business before turning to journalism more than a decade ago. By day, she is an online content producer for mainetoday.com and the Portland Press Herald. To relax, she bakes, gardens and hikes with her husband and their two dogs, preferably followed by a cocktail. Susan can be contacted at 791-6310 or saxelrod@mainetoday.com On Twitter: @susansaxelrod

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Posted: August 8, 2014

Dining Guide: 5 Portland restaurants that are great for kids and families

Kids are welcome at any and all Portland restaurants, however, there are those places where parents feel more comfortable bringing their offspring along. Here are five family favorites.

Written by: Susan Axelrod - staff writer - saxelrod@mainetoday.com

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Buck's Naked BBQ on Wharf Street in Portland. Press Herald file photo

Buck’s Naked BBQ on Wharf Street in Portland. Press Herald file photo

Buck’s Naked BBQ

50 Wharf St., Portland | 899-0111  | bucksnaked-bbq.com | $$$
If you crave meat, Buck’s Naked BBQ offers it in all forms. With a clear understanding of Portland’s foodie sensibilities, Buck’s expands the barbecue experience to include international influences, and the menu offers a few interesting options for the vegetarian and fish-loving crowd. The atmosphere is fun, kid-friendly (in a non-obnoxious way), and the staff is hilarious. There’s even a special playroom for the little ones.

El Rayo Taqueria.

El Rayo Taqueria.

El Rayo Taqueria

101 York St., Portland | 780-8226 | elrayotaqueria.com | $
Creative Mexican fare is served in this brightly colored restaurant, located in a former gas station near the Casco Bay Bridge. Nachos, tacos, burritos and quesadillas are done with flair, including a burrito stuffed with portobello mushrooms and a taco with grilled achiote-seasoned fish. There’s a special menu for kids and lots of family friendly picnic-table seating outside.

A pizza comes out of the oven at Flatbread. Press Herald file photo

A pizza comes out of the oven at Flatbread. Press Herald file photo

Flatbread Company

72 Commercial St., Portland | 772-8777 | flatbreadcompany.com | $$
This is not pizza, but flatbread – wheat-flour dough topped with cheeses, herbs, vegetables and ingredients such as homemade sausage and nitrate-free pepperoni. Kids love the activity around the wood-fired oven. Flatbread Co. is located right on the working waterfront. It has a great deck where, in good weather, you can eat outside and watch the harbor activity. There is a full bar as well, with a good selection of local beer on tap.

A hibachi table at Kon Asian Bistro. Press Herald file photo

A hibachi table at Kon Asian Bistro. Press Herald file photo

Kon Asian Bistro

1140 Brighton Ave., Portland | 874-0000 | konasianbistrome.com | $$$
A huge, flamboyantly decorated restaurant with a lively crowd of diners, including families who come for the theatrical hibachi dinners, served in a separate dining room. The enormous menu reaches across the Asian spectrum, with decently prepared sushi and sashimi, spicy Thai curries and noodle dishes and Chinese stir-fry standards. Service is swift and friendly.

The famous potato, bacon and scallion pizza at Otto.

The famous potato, bacon and scallion pizza at Otto.

Otto Pizza

576 Congress St. Portland | 338-0555 | ottoportland.com | $$
This small, locally owned chain of pizzerias has two additional locations: 225 Congress St. (Munjoy Hill) and 159 Cottage Rd., South Portland, with another South Portland location set to open near the Maine Mall later this year. Each location is distinctively decorated with vintage materials, and has space for small and large groups. Otto is known for unusual pizza toppings, such as mashed potato, bacon and scallions or butternut squash, ricotta and cranberry, but fans of more-basic cheese or pepperoni pies say the real genius is in the crust and sauce.

Key to prices

The approximate cost of two dinner entrees (not including appetizers, drinks, tax and gratuity).
$ – $15 and under
$$ – $16 to $25
$$$ – $26 to $45
$$$$ – $46 and up

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