Pin It
Favorite

Return of a Classic 

Back in business after a devastating fire, Ferguson’s Café continues to bring Americana to Garland

click to enlarge Regulars at Ferguson’s finally have their seats back. - JEFF FERGUSON
  • Jeff Ferguson
  • Regulars at Ferguson’s finally have their seats back.

Dave Jones hasn’t had a day off since July 30. Ever since the reopening of his Garland landmark, Ferguson’s Café, Jones has seen hundreds of eager patrons flock in to support him and his labor of love. It’s been nearly a year since a crippling fire engulfed the then-newly remodeled building, but what seemed to be the death of the diner only served as another new beginning.

“It’s gone so well,” says Jones of the opening, his voice tinged with both exhaustion and optimism. “We’ve just been so busy, busier than before the fire.”

If, by chance, you’ve never seen it before, Ferguson’s is definitely an eye-catching establishment. Its period-accurate architecture has brought several film crews from around the country. The interior gleams proudly, from the chrome trim on counters to the checkered flooring, to the unblemished vinyl seats. The menu offers a mind-blowingly vast array of every diner staple you’d expect, and then some, without going overboard.

“We’ve also added a dinner menu on top of the classic diner sandwiches that have always been there,” he says, adding that the Salisbury steak, meat loaf, a bone-in ham steak and house-made mashed potatoes have been especially popular.

All burgers and most sandwiches can be made vegetarian, which allows herbivores to also enjoy the grub of days long past when vegetarians were considered freaks of nature. The jalapeno burger ($9) is bursting with fixings that squeeze out with every bite, and my companion made good use of the mess by mopping it up with his crispy, perfectly seasoned shoestring fries.

I opt for the elusive-in-origin yet decidedly all-American truck stop classic, the patty melt ($9), which was also accompanied by a large heap of fried potato goodness. Crispy, toasty rye perfectly complements and contrasts the gooey cheesy filling, which was heightened to perfection with a little addition of Tabasco (my personal contribution) for a spicy kick.

The milkshakes($4.39) are made to order out of the original machine — installed in 1941 and, fittingly, the only appliance not destroyed in the white-hot blaze — and they do it justice by serving it the way you always remember: in a tall glass garnished with an airy cloud of whipped cream. 

Ferguson’s Cafe • 804 W. Garland Ave. • Open Mon-Sat 8 am-8 pm, Sun 8 am-3 pm • 328-1950

Tags:

  • Pin It

Latest in Food & Drink

  • Unique Snowflakes
  • Unique Snowflakes

    Local winter beers are breaking into new territory
    • Dec 17, 2014
  • Well Paired
  • Well Paired

    Two new additions to Coeur d'Alene's Riverstone development bring together books, food and drinks
    • Dec 17, 2014
  • Sugar Rush
  • Sugar Rush

    Spokandy preps year-round to handle an influx of orders during the holiday season
    • Dec 10, 2014
  • More »

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Today | Sat | Sun | Mon | Tue | Wed | Thu
16th Annual Small Artworks Invitational

16th Annual Small Artworks Invitational @ Art Spirit Gallery

Tuesdays-Saturdays. Continues through Dec. 31

All of today's events | Staff Picks

More by Alicia Purvis-Lariviere

  • Destined  to Succeed
  • Destined to Succeed

    A savvy businessman brings pizza and beer to the Gonzaga district
    • Oct 30, 2012
  • A Brownie for Everyone
  • A Brownie for Everyone

    Boots serves up a grown-up, sophisticated update of a childhood classic that will make you swoon
    • Oct 9, 2012
  • Garden Party
  • Garden Party

    EJ’s joins the culinary party in Browne’s Addition
    • Oct 9, 2012
  • More »

Most Commented On

  • Captain Planet

    Recycle Man is making the world a little better for people and mascots alike, one bottle at a time
    • Dec 10, 2014
  • Swipe right for love

    Technology has totally revolutionized romance. Or maybe it hasn't.
    • Dec 17, 2014
  • More »

Top Tags in
Culture & Food

Culture


last word


Digest


Food


for your consideration


© 2014 Inlander
Website powered by Foundation