Breakfast For Two at Tommy’s Dutch Lunch

Tommy's Dutch is a great breakfast diner in Walla Walla, Washington

Tommy’s Dutch is a great breakfast diner in Walla Walla, Washington

The heads don’t quite swivel when we walk into Tommy’s Dutch Lunch, in an industrial section of Walla Walla, Washington. I’m a bit surprised, as we’re obviously the only tourists in the place and my sister is the only woman, other than the two waitresses.

The rest are regulars—middle-aged, working men chewing the fat around a large oval table and squeezed into stools overlooking the kitchen. Which suits me just fine, as I love parachuting into such a vibrant, local scene.

The place, complete with a sloping floor, is named after a one-time owner and boxer, Tommy Gardner. The Dutch lunch refers to the old practice of folks assembling their own sandwiches.

Original owner, Tommy, was a local boxer

Original owner, Tommy, was a local boxer

What surprises me is the quality of the food, several notches above the greasy spoon I’m expecting. My chicken-fried steak is hot, crispy and delicious under a blanket of white, pepper gravy. The over-easy eggs are perfectly cooked and the mountain of house-grilled potatoes hard to stop shovelling down. My sister’s lone poached egg is dwarfed next to the hubcap-sized pancake.

Delicious chicken-fried steak and boatload of grilled potatoes

Delicious chicken-fried steak and boatload of grilled potatoes

The coffee’s thin but, hey, nobody’s looking at a computer or phone screen. We’re happy campers.

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One pancake is plenty for most appetites

Tommy’s Dutch Lunch
1203 West Pine Street, Walla Walla, Washington
Daily 6 am-2 pm
509-527-0600

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