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.
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
run the place! 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, local Box Car burgers, buffalo burgers, homemade onion rings, lots of fries and one of the best milkshakes around. 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.