Big Al's Diner
234 D St.
Every day 7:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Wed-Sat 7:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Big Al’s Diner is next to the last exit on I-5 before the border crossing into Canada making it the perfect place to take a break from driving north or to recoup after a long wait if going south. The retro décor nicely matches the diner concept and is interestingly arranged and not intrusive at all, evoking nostalgia for what now may feel like a simpler and more satisfying time.
The atmosphere of the diner is immediately bright, airy and welcoming: kid friendly, bright sun colors, open and spacious, with lots of booth seating. The high walls of window glass add to the spaciousness and are especially welcomed on those not uncommon grey northwest days.
The menu features breakfast specialties all day with an emphasis on homemade food from quality ingredients. There are plenty of choices for lunch as well: soups, salads, sandwiches, and a well rounded selection of burgers. On the nights that dinner is served, heartier dishes are also offered. A modest but sufficient beer and wine list rounds out the menu but don’t forget to ask about the homemade desserts.
There actually is a Big Al and his desire to make you feel welcomed and comfortable starts at the door. During the week a cheerful hello and "sit where you like" will float over from the waitress. On busier weekends and during the popular Wednesday and Friday night dinner specials, a hostess will help you get the seat you want. Locally popular with adults and families, it’s also a great place to step back from the stress of highway traffic and border crossings and relax and recharge with some tasty comfort food.
Big Al’s is open every day for breakfast and lunch but also stays open for dinners Wednesday through Saturday including the popular dinner specials on Wednesday and Friday nights. Good food, pleasant atmosphere, economical and convenient; Big Al’s is a favorite not just with visitors but locals as well.
Big Al’s is easy to find but make sure you get off at the last I-5 exit or you’ll spend a considerable time visiting with suspicious border agents from not one but two countries before being able to turnaround. From I-5, take exit #276; this is the closest to the international border and the last chance to exit before reaching customs if you’re northbound. From the northbound exit ramp, bear right onto “D” Street and immediately turn left into the restaurant parking lot. If you’re south bound, after exiting, turn left and go under the highway onto “D” Street.
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