Have you ever loved a dish so much you wanted to buy the whole restaurant? That's how Tina Kalinowski feels about The Chrissy at Shakabrah.
"It's a magical dish full of eggs, bacon, mushrooms, spinach all scrambled together," said Kalinowski.
Shakabrah has been serving all-day breakfast to the Tacoma masses for more than 20 years.
"Shaka is the Hawaiian 'hang loose' sign, and then 'brah' is the Hawaiian thing for bro, " explained Kalinowski. "So it's 'Hang loose, bro,' and that's kind of the way the restaurant started."
But in 2008, Shakabrah -- and The Chrissy -- looked like they were going away. That's when Tina and her family made a life-changing decision: to buy the place.
"We bought it because we didn't want Shakrabrah to close. We felt Tacoma needed a Shakrabrah," said Kalinowski.
Joe Hallberg and Malcolm Whitfield have been coming to this Sixth Avenue cafe for ages. They both believe breakfast is a meal that can be served and enjoyed any time of the day.
"You can have breakfast for dinner, " said Whitfield. "But you really can't have dinner for breakfast."
The plates come heaping with food. The corned beef hash is all fresh. The Brain is a breakfast sandwich made with French toast. And then there's the magic potatoes awash in veggies and cheese. That's Hallberg's favorite.
"There's a secret there," said Hallberg. "They won't tell me."
"What makes them magic?" asked Kalinowski."I would just have to say the love that goes into creating them!"
2618 6th Ave
Tacoma, WA 98406