At the Tower Lanes Restaurant on Sixth Avenue in Tacoma you can wear bowling shoes in, but a sign warns about wearing bowling shoes out. This inexpensive restaurant produces quick, friendly service and good food. The prices run about a third less than other breakfast venues in Tacoma. It's worth a try.
There seem to be a lot of men eating alone at the restaurant, or small groups of senior men, or larger groups of senior couples. Most of them are probably long time customers.
The no frills restaurant offers breakfast all-day. I've never had lunch or dinner there, but breakfast is worth returning for. My favorite request is for the waffle breakfast. You can ofer just a waffle for $3.99. Or a waffle, two eggs, and two strips of bacon for $7.99. What I like is the three little tubs of butter they bring for the waffle. Everywhere else I usually have to ask for extra butter. The eggs are cooked perfectly and the bacon is good. Most other restaurants change around eight dollars just for a waffle.
Even on a busy Sunday morning, the service was efficient. Coffee arrives quickly. Cream cups, jam, sweeteners, and salt & pepper are already on the tables or counter. Just before the food is served a waitress brings by hot sauces (red and green) and ketchup. Coffee refills are constant.
With our normal Sunday breakfast group vacationing in Hawaii, Peg and I went by ourselves. Peg had the waffle breakfast (a favorite of mine), while I tried the Biscuits and Gravy ($5.99).
I ordered my hashbrowns in my usual way, "burnt, burnt, burnt . . . with an onion cut up in them." They were served just like a I ordered (brown with little shards of black). With Biscuits and Gravy you have a sausage option. I chose four links. The biscuit was nothing to write home about, which is what I always expect. The next time I order B&G I'll ask for sourdough toast instead. I'll also order a cup of gravy. I like it over my hashbrowns. I traded a sausage link with Peg for a slice of bacon.
Peg left half her waffle, while I only left two halves of a bisuit scraped clean of gravy.
Our bill including a 20%+ tip was $24.00 for our two breakfasts, tea for Peg and coffee and a diet Pepsi for me. Normally, on a Sunday morning we fork over around $44.00, so Tower Lanes is a money-saver. There was no loss of quality at those prices and in some cases the Tower Lanes breakfasts are better than some other much higher priced options.