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 - 8:00PM in season  Beginning of season 11:00 AM to 7:00 PM  Call for times                  open april through september


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.


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 (2018)  Lori and her sons, Tyler and Jacob,  are sharing the work of managing the Box Car.  Tyler took a one year sabbatical and is back.  Jacob has come back for the summer from his home in Denver to help with the duties!   We really are a family business this year!  
We are proud to carry local beef for our big 1/2 lb. hand pressed Box Car Burger.  Our regular burgers are fresh (not frozen) Certified Angus beef burger - an excellent burger. We also have a tasty Buffalo Burger from 2 Feathers Ranch in White Sulphur, MT.  While you are here, try our delicious  homemade onion rings or one of our taco specialties. Try a simple ice cream cone or choose a sundae, glacier or smoothie for something extra.  We have some of the best Milkshakes around - the hardest part is choosing which flavor! 

 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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