After reading Baconhound’s post about the Footloose Caboose on his tasting tour of Central Alberta while we were still in bed at almost ten on a Sunday morning (miracle) we decided that we were going to go to the Footloose Caboose and grab some breakfast.
We drove the almost thirty minutes until we reached the Footloose Caboose and Olivia was excited that we were going to eat on a train. Me? I was excited for the Hobo Omelette because I was
bordering on hangry hungry.
The kids and Jamie explored the train because they weren’t really in the mood to sit on the train. I’m not sure if it was a one-time thing (we were warned) but we ended up waiting over an hour and a half for two omelettes, pancakes and a couple all-aboard breakfasts. There seemed to be some confusion with a new server being introduced.
For the nearly two hour wait I don’t think that I could get Jamie to go back, but I would give it another try without the kids, and bring something to read. Sweet silence, right? Plus, it was likely not a regular occurrence.
It’s a good thing that I packed a quick snack for the kids of crackers and grapes before we left the house. They get ‘hangrier’ than I do and the twenty-five minute drive wasn’t going to help that.
The Food at the Footloose Caboose
The Hobo Omelette didn’t disappoint. The wait was worth it (Well, I think so anyway). At just over $10 it was huge and served with two pieces of toast. I wasn’t able to finish it and loved the smoked sausage that was used in the Omelette. The pancakes were just as Baconhound describes as a cross between a crepe and a pancake – I thought that they were similar to what you would get if you were to make pancakes from Yorkshire pudding batter. I ate the edges of the kids, they were nice and crispy. Plus, the kids weren’t hungry since they polished off my toast.
My Omelette arrived before everyone else’s food and it was so good that I had exactly zero guilt digging in before everyone else had the chance. It all started with a nibble of that delicious smoked sausage! Delicious.
Is the Footloose Caboose Kid Friendly?
Prepare for a wait, it is a small venue after all. We took turns walking around with the kids outdoors and exploring the accomodations for overnight stays. Someone left one of the doors open and Olivia and Jamie had the chance to peek inside to have a look inside one of the Cabooses. They got to explore the old railway things, walk around the cars (and inside the cars) and have an out of the box experience grabbing breakfast.
How was the price? For four adults, and two kids (sharing a meal) it was $66.00 pre tip. Seems pretty standard, but not your ‘cheap breakfast fare’. If you think about it, that’s around $15/adult (including juice, coffee)
I would go back, without the kids. Maybe a date breakfast where we had a free babysitter (grandparents!) or bring older kids that could handle the wait (just in case). I didn’t see high chairs, so bring a travel one, or hold the infant. Overall, the kids liked that they had breakfast in a train and I had a delicious omelette.