2011 Advent Calendar

Day 9: Frank's Diner

9 : Frank's Diner

August, 2011

Whenever we travel, I'm always on the hunt for good food. I don't look for the fancy restaurants, I go for the small, out of the way places that have character and good grub.

A friend recommended this place. When she said "train car" and "best breakfast" in the same sentence, that was all I needed to hear.

The food was great and so was the atmosphere. We ended up going 3 times for breakfast. On our first trip there were 5 of us, so we didn't sit right in the train car. They have a larger booth at the back—which is where I took this shot from. I held the camera right at floor level and tried to capture the entire car. It wasn't busy (yet) so the person sitting at the counter was a good place to focus. With the black and white checkered floor, I knew this would be a black and white final image.

On our next trip, we sat at the counter so the boys could watch the cooks work. There was barely enough space for the cooks, let alone the waitress that also worked behind the counter.

The car itself (car No. 1787) was built in 1906 by Barney-Smith as an observation car. Northern Pacific Railroad bought it in 1909 and used it as the private car for the president of the railroad until 1931.

The car served as a Diner in Seattle for 60 years before being moved to Spokane.

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The sign on top of the train car.

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One waitress and 2 cooks working behind the counter. Very tight quarters.

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The street sign. You betcha.

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Same shot as above with Hipstamatic.