THE RED BOX CAR "Eat by the Creek"
THE RED BOX CAR"Eat by the Creek"

In Your Neighborhood!


1300 S Broadway
Red Lodge, MT 59068


To place an order for pick-up, call +1 406 446-2152.


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Restaurant Hours 11:00AM - 9:00PM in season


We offer daily specials - just check out our blackboard when 

you are here!

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Welcome to THE RED BOX CAR

To us, food is synonymous with freshness and quality served in a friendly, welcoming atmosphere. We make everything fresh to order. 

At THE RED BOX CAR dishes are always made to order and completely fresh, utilizing the highest quality ingredients. We have been a neighborhood favorite for the past forty years and we plan to continue welcoming our loyal customers for years to come.


We serve  lunch and dinner - anytime you want it. We have all the traditional diner favorites as well as our own special dishes. Check out our menu to find your favorite! We offer new specials on a weekly basis.

The Red Box Car has been a landmark in Red Lodge since 1972 when Jane & Ed Alquist purchased a 1903 Box Car that was from the Rocky Fork Railroad line that had originally gone from Laurel, MT up to Red Lodge, MT and moved it to where it sits now.  Jane Alquist started the Red Box Car Drive In.  She and her crew sold hamburgers, fries and milkshakes and also the original recipe homemade Onion Rings that we still serve today.

The Box Car has had a few owners since then but it has always been here for families to enjoy. Children have come to the Box Car, played by the creek, eaten an ice cream cone and many come back to bring their children to play by the creek and eat an ice cream cone the and the cycle goes on. Lori & Jim Davis bought the Red Box Car in 1999 and Lori and her sons, Tyler & Jacob continue to own it !  This year (2017)  Lori & Tyler are handing over the day to day operations to Kevin McClane, one of our loyal and EXCELLENT employees.  Kevin will be the general manager this season and plans to keep the menu and most things the same.  There have been some additions in the years but it is essentially the same place it was meant to be.

We serve fresh Certified Angus Beef burgers, big 60z. Box Car burgers, buffalo burgers,  homemade onion rings, lots of fries and one of the best milkshakes around. Try a simple ice cream cone or choose a sundae, glacier or smoothie for something extra,

 We make everything fresh as you order it so sometimes there may be a wait but as you sit by Rock Creek in the summer and visit with friends or meet new ones it might just be worth the wait.  Our menu is varied - you can grab a burger and fries, an indian taco or taco salad, fresh salads, butterfly shrimp, or a veggie wrap just to name a few.

Stop in eat by the creek and enjoy your day in Red Lodge.

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