Most Sunday mornings find us out to breakfast with friends. Sometimes there are as many as 8-10 people. This was a beautiful day for the Taste of Tacoma, but instead we headed to Sixth Avenue rather than Pt. Defiance Park to meet friends Jan and Mike at the Crown Bar.
Traffic seemed much less than normal, but there didn't appear to be any parking space at the Original House of Pancakes where we ofter gather. I was planning to drop off Peg outside the Crown Bar, but parking was not an issue. We parked across the street. While Peg used the crosswalk, I Jaywalked and headed to the alley where I spotted a mural. Sixth Avenue has a number of murals to enjoy both on the main street as well as side streets. As I walked towards the mural a friend hailed Peg and I. Not wanting to stop in the street, I continued on into the alley and then called Peggy and our friend Rita Morkrid to pose for a photograph in front of the wall of art.
The Crown Bar is flanked by a collectible shop and a tattoo parlor. The artsy alley is a gift.
Rita joined us for conversation, but not breakfast. She had recently moved from her home on Day Island to an apartment by Tacoma General. She likes to walk, so is finding new places to explore short distances away from her new abode.
Peg and I had eaten lunch at the Crown a couple of times, but had never had their brunch. First time through, I always order the same thing, so I can compare. Biscuits and gravy are a favorite. At the Crown Bar it's called The Gravy Train. Also as a first time order I did go with biscuit in lieu of my normal request of sourdough toast. My expectations are never high for restaurant biscuits. On the menu was quinoa hash browns, which sounded intriguing. Both Peg and I ordered these with our normal request "burnt, burnt, burnt . . . black." To our joy that's how they were delivered.
The quinoa hash browns were excellent. One could almost make a case for them being healthy . . . well, healthier, perhaps. I dumped my hashbrowns into my bowl of biscuit, gravy and two slices of excellent bacon. With course ground pepper and a cup more of gravy, my breakfast would have been absolutely perfect. I don't know about having a Crown Bar biscuit with butter and jam, but it certainly passed my gravy test!
Peg ordered the bacon and eggs with the eggs scrambled and the quinoa hash browns. Instead of coffee, Peg ordered the pineapple juice (since no hot tea is served at the Crown Bar).
Like my order of Gravy Train, Peg's brunch of bacon and eggs were perfect. She loved the eggs, the hashbrowns, the bacon, and especially the bread (with lots of butter on it). The bread has a nice crust and good tooth. Chewy and flavorful like French or homemade bread she just raved about it.
I haven't had hashbrowns for some time . . . so I forgot to tack on my order the hand gesture and the statement "with chopped onions." That would have made our orders beyond perfect, which is always a good way to go.
Jan had the Breakfast Tacos - sausage + eggs + cheese, topped with lettuce, salsa and guacamole in a corn tortilla. While it looked good, I think I would have preferred a quick fry of the tortillas to give them a little more crunch.
Mike's Crown Parfait was a thing of beauty. It had Greek yogurt + fruit + house granola + honey. Our table next to the window was bathed in the sun's glow through the sliced orange atop the granola. The strawberries and watermelon chunks added to the color and the taste.
Our coffee was excellent, the service was great, the location was easy to get to, and the food was wonderful, and the company was delightful. It's no wonder that we enjoyed Sunday breakfast with friends. We don't limit ourselves just to friends, however. Our group expands with family members as well. When we have house guests we bring them along and the same goes with our friends. We talk about everything and laugh at each other and events of the world (sometimes the laughter turns to sorrow for a bit and then rebounds).
I think our breakfast will lead to dinner at the Crown Bar before long. We gave a gift certificate as a wedding gift a few months ago. Our friends lived within walking distance of the Crown Bar. In the thank you note our friends noted that they love the Crown Bar and that the certificate had already been reduced a bit. I'm glad they enjoyed the experience, our thoughtfulness, and the pleasure of events to come.
Breakfast at the Crown Bar was very successful for us.