Portland’s Hawthorne Boulevard: What’s New

If you haven’t been on Hawthorne recently, there have been a few changes. Don’t worry, not TOO many changes; you’ll still recognize one of Portland’s best-known and well-loved boulevards. While Kids at Heart has been on Hawthorne for 30(!) years, we're excited by all of the new additions! Here are some of our new kid-friendly neighbors that you should check out sometime soon.

New Restaurants on Hawthorne

Baoser

Baoser

Baoser
Buns of fun! Inside Quarterworld - the arcade your kids may have begged you to visit - is a new Nintendo-inspired restaurant. They serve up bao (delicious steamed buns), and it’s named after Mario’s nemesis, Bowser. Get it? Get three bao for $12 and share. Don’t worry, there’s also pizza to be had at Quarterworld for less-adventurous palates. By the way, if you have any problems with your arcade games at Quarterworld, make sure to let the staff know. A “game tech” in a lab coat will come and examine the problem for you.

Rachel's Ginger Beer

Rachel's Ginger Beer

Rachel's Ginger Beer

You don’t have to go to Seattle to get this super-popular ginger beer anymore -- now we have our very own Portland outlet just up the street. Ginger beer is like root beer in that it’s non-alcoholic, though grownups can enjoy an adult beverage at this shop. It’s also an outpost of Boke Dokie, serving Boke Bowl’s fried chicken or tofu sandwiches. High chairs are available, and the murals are as cute as can be while still maintaining Instagram-worthy status.

Kim Jong Grillin' Ssam

Kim Jong Grillin' Ssam

Kim Jong Grillin’ Ssam

Yes, we spelled that right. (We double-checked.) You might now Kim Jong Grillin’, and their famous Korean barbecue. Now in Cartopia on Hawthorne and 12th Kim Jong Grillin’s Ssam makes lettuce wraps. Each one comes with a meat or tofu, rice, banchan, and sauce. They’re burrito-sized, but they are lettuce wraps after all. One might not make a meal, but there’s plenty else to choose from at this food cart pod, like the “personal” pies at Pyro Pizza. Due to popular demand, the Kim Jong Grillin’s “bibimbox” is also available at this location, last we heard.

Peaks Coffee

Peaks Coffee

Peaks Coffee

These new neighbors are just down the street! Peaks Coffee is around for “coffee and conversation,” and we’re into it. They’re family-owned, friendly, and live in the neighborhood. We wouldn’t blame you if you dropped by there without the kids to get a little bit of work done, either. Peaks Coffee just opened in April, and serve locally roasted (and delicous) Foxy Coffee.


Drop by and say hello the next time you’re shopping or seeing a movie on Hawthorne! We love to support local businesses, from items we carry like Waylive Rattles and Mighty Fun swords, to participation in the indispensable local coupon book, Chinook Book. In addition to age-appropriate recommendations for toys and books, we’re always happy to give craving-appropriate recommendations for lunch. Or, check out Eater’s list of Where to Eat on Hawthorne.