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Saturday, April 05, 2014

#2168 - The Sidetrack Room, Elbe, WA - 5/17/2013

In the tiny community of Elbe, Washington, population 29, at the eastern foot of Alder Lake and in the shadow of Mt. Rainier, there is restaurant, lounge, and motel located in a collection of old train cars, including one of the larger caboose collections in North America. In 1987 Robert Thurston Jr., who'd previously managed the Flying Boots in Tacoma, established the bar and restaurant there, now called the Mount Rainier Railroad Dining Co., including the Side Track Room lounge. Robert passed away but his family still operates the place, selling classic diner food and classic dive bar drinks from the old cars -- some of which once hosted President Gerald Ford, or toured the country displaying "over 500 treasures of Americana." It now contains a little gift shop and a collection of gawdawful art prints.

Anyway, if you're in the area, you must make a stop here because, well, railroad cars.

The Jesus section of the large selection of bad art
prints at the Mount Rainier Railroad Dining Co.
54106 Mountain Highway East (SR-7), Elbe, WA 98355 - (360) 569-2500
Est. 1987 - Building constructed: 1910 and 1921 (railroad cars)
Previous bars in this location: None
Web site: rrdiner.comfacebook
Reviews: urbanspoon - yelp

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