It's been a long and bumpy ride for the owners of Boxcar Grill, one of my favorite new diners in Tacoma. Located inside Freighthouse Square, Boxcar Grill has had to overcome delay after delay in opening and then a construction project closed their front entrance in May. Well, they're open again and they want to thank their loyal customers with a free breakfast all day today, June 9. The Hoodle Bug breakfast comes with toast, eggs and hashbrowns. Just order and pay for a beverage, and it's yours for free today. They're open until 7 p.m. today.
If you didn't catch my review of Boxcar back in March, here are the highlights of all that this restaurant has had to overcome. Opening day for Boxcar Grill owners Liz Gilham and her mother Velda Gilham was last July. They closed a few days later. They were open a few more, then they closed. That pattern continued for weeks as they struggled with repairs needed to the hot water, then the walk-in cooler and the heating system. Then, they finally opened mid-January and remained open. Until construction blocked their entrance. Then, a new sidewalk was poured outside and they had to close, briefly. In just a few weeks, their customers disappeared. They've been trying to get the word out that they're open ever since.
Boxcar Grill is a diner serving all the usual suspects - meatloaf, corned beef on rye and one of the best patty melts I've eaten. On a breakfast visit a few months ago, I dug into corned beef hash at breakfast ($8.99), a noteable tangle of peppers, onions and soft potatoes, threaded with house-made corned beef that tasted of caraway and mustard seeds. A chicken fried steak ($8.99) was a ribeye pounded thin and hand-coated with a rosemary-speckled crispy jacket and a thin, rich, sausage gravy – served with buttermilk cakes and three eggs on the side.
Boxcar GrillWhere: Freighthouse Square, west entrance, 2501 E. D St., TacomaInfo: 253-503-0098, theboxcargrill.comHours: 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday