Yesterday, we finally made it back for a second visit to the Old Milwaukie, a little breakfast and lunch spot on 6th Ave.
On our first visit, we showed up at their most crowded time, around 10 am on a weekend. We had difficulty getting a seat, and with such a tiny space there's nothing to do but stand around until you get yourself a spot or go away.
This time, I took the kids for lunch on a weekday and we had a much more pleasant experience. The girls had fun looking through the provided "Where's Waldo?" books and coloring while they waited, and there weren't so many people sitting close by that we felt like we were bothering anyone.
Everyone chose to eat breakfast for lunch, the girls shared a two egg breakfast and I had the "Cafe Scramble" which contained actual vegetables, something not often seen on Tacoma's breakfast menus. The girls loved the toast and the hash browns, but I did wish for a kid's menu. It's odd for an establishment that doles out coloring books to not have any small, low-cost children's items on the menu. Their two egg breakfast weighed in at over $7, a trend I have noticed in South Sound restaurants.
All things considered, I would rate the Old Milwaukee as the best breakfast spot in the 6th Ave neighborhood, but I do wish for more options and more space. For a single person or a couple, it seems like a great place to enjoy a BLT or a late breakfast in a cute, retro (but not in a Johnny Rockets fake sort of way) setting. For a family, it's a little cramped and pricey, (for eggs, toast, and potatoes) but it's a nice option a weekday.
Edited to add: On a third visit we found this place to be too stressful for children on a weekend. Odd service issues, including getting there first and being denied a table for four or more with our family of four. Lack of affordable options for the kids hits the wallet too hard.
Old Milwaukie Cafe
3102 6th Ave
Tacoma, WA 98406