In August I wrote an article asking for local suggestions on family style, down home cooking restaurants. The recommendations I received have been a great resource. Some I knew, some I had forgotten, and some were brand new to me. One of these was Tim’s Kitchen (Orting and Puyallup). Our three couple Sunday morning breakfast group drove from Tacoma’s north and west ends, out I-5, 512, and Meridian to Tim’s Kitchen. It was a beautiful fall day that gave us a wonderful view of Mt. Rainier on the way, and then a foggy view of the Puyallup Valley on the return, and a lovely drive along Pioneer Way for a view of farm lands, wetlands, and fall colors. – thesubtimes.com/2019/08/19/down-home-cooking-in-lakewood-tacoma-and-puyallup/
Our server Melissa did a great job keeping our orders straight and making suggestions. I’m not sure what my friend Mike ordered, but it looked like breakfast potatoes with a biscuit and veggies/mushrooms on top of the potatoes. I didn’t see it on the menu. His biscuit disappeared as did all of his potatoes and vegetables . . . and a slice of someone else’s toast. His recommendation is that Tim’s was on a par with Mary Mary’s Café in Parkland. That’s a high recommendation.
I ordered two fried eggs (over easy) and sausage links. The eggs were perfectly cooked. I traded a sausage link with my wife for a slice of bacon. Both the bacon and the sausage were excellent.
Normally, on a first time visit to a breakfast restaurant I test the biscuits and then order toast the next time around in disappointment. I also order my hash browns burnt, burnt, burnt, with an onion cut up in them in hopes of dark brown and extra crispy potatoes. Surprise! The biscuit was not only huge with my biscuits and gravy, but good. The hash browns were delivered as I asked. The gravy was perfect and only needed a number of pepper shakes to accommodate my tastes. The hash browns did need a little salt, but they were close enough so I didn’t bother.
An order for scrambled eggs and hash browns featured avocado slices on top of the eggs. The hash browns were deceptive. Ordered crispy they looked only light brown, but indeed were crispy.
The pancakes and our waffle were tasty, but required quick eating to enjoy them fully. It was a brisk Sunday morning and when we left the restaurant, well after ten, there was still frost on the lawns. I would suggest Tim visit my friends at City Glass & Upholstery to replace three of their windows that look like they have a moisture problem. Aa baffle around the front door would be a good idea as well. It was a little cold in the restaurant, which was a problem with getting hot coffee and keeping waffles and pancakes warm enough to melt butter.
As I looked around the restaurant I wondered why they had a model bridge suspended from the ceiling and then the train chugged by. Interesting. My wife and I will probably return for dinner. They offer bratwurst or Polish sausage and sauerkraut as well liver & onions, and meatloaf. This is in addition to various chicken dishes, steak, prime rib, and pork chops. The prices are good; the staff is friendly, the menu varied, and the food appetizing. Tim’s Kitchen is worth a drive from JBLM, Lakewood, Spanaway, and even north Tacoma. Tim’s truly meets the family style, down home cooking criteria.