Comfort food with a twist at Jax


Falafel on Flatbread with Parmesan Chips  ·

Housed in a restored 1940s diner, Jax at the Tracks has been serving up East Coast comfort food with a twist since owner Bud Haley opened the doors in 2009. (The diner was moved to Truckee in the 1990s by former owners).

Haley has crafted a vast, and I mean vast, menu of breakfast, lunch and dinner creations that will have you hard pressed to pick just one entrée (good reason to come back for another visit). On my most recent stop at Jax with my sister, Michelle Allen, she was in the mood for breakfast, while I was craving lunch, and Jax satisfied both of our appetites.

Another bonus is that breakfast is served until 2 p.m. daily, with lunch starting at 10:30 a.m. to cater to everyone in the party.

Michelle ordered one of the house specialties – the All Day Addiction. A massive pile up of breakfast goodness with a base of hash browns, covered with Canadian Bacon, two eggs (she ordered poached) and piled high with mixed greens, avocado, balsamic and basil pesto. She also ordered a cup of the housemade Leek Soup, a daily special. Jax also serves a New England Clam Chowder daily.

Breakfast entrees feature more than two dozen choices including the Maryland Blue Crab Cake or Smoked Salmon Benedicts, along with choices from Southern Fried Steak and Eggs, to Belgian Waffles and Breakfast Burritos.

I went another route with the Falafel on Flatbread. Two large chickpea and cumin patties that were moist and tasty, filled flatbread along with shredded cabbage and a wonderful Tzatziki sauce made of mint, cucumber and yogurt. It was served with the yummy housemade potato chips topped with parmesan cheese.

Lunch and dinner feature some great starters from the Mac ‘n’ Cheese (be sure to add jalapeños to your order), Buffalo Style Chicken Wings or Thai Chicken and Cashew Egg Rolls. Then, you’ll delve into the burgers, Maryland Blue Crabcake Sandwich or the BBQ Pulled Pork and Cheddar, both of which were featured on “Diners, Drive Ins & Dives.” And, that’s just on the first page of the menu.

Jax at the Tracks is located at 10144 West River Street in Truckee. Breakfast is served daily from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m., with lunch from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dinner is served nightly starting at 4. For more information, call (530) 550-7450 or visit

By Katherine E. Hill

Katherine Hill

Katherine first moved to Tahoe in 1998 and has been in love with the Tahoe-Truckee region ever since. She has been in the journalism field for more than 25 years and has worked for daily and weekly newspapers and magazines, as well as online publications, as an award-winning writer and editor. In the fall of 2013, Katherine became only the third owner of the 33-year-old publication, and today serves as its Publisher and Editor In Chief. Life in Tahoe is an amazing place to live, and she enjoys hiking and water sports in the summer, and cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and sledding with her nephew, Anikin.