This is the restaurant that they did all the filming for "Twin Peaks" and it is awsome!!! They have a decent atmosphere, but the best part is the 50 different ways that they came up with to top a burger!!!
As we walked into the restaurant, I caught the aroma of real fries!!! She brought our food (I got the Santa Fe burger-- yum!) and some decent quality of cut fries accompanied the meal... the best part was they are a part of the bottomless pit fries!!! We ordered about 3 more plates and tore through them! The down side to this is we were too stuffed for pie... which I have heard is very good.
The town was very sleepy looking and across the street was an origional early 20th centry style movie theatre with the old marquee. The patrons inside looked typical for the area and everyone was enjoying the place.
I'm not sure why I have an attraction to this place outside of the expected charm. I'm definitely a big fan of Twin Peaks, and the novelty of coming here once for that was enough, but there is an 'odd' charm about this place, even though its changed substantially since the filmings and had been burnt down as well. The food is pretty decent and you get enormous portions, though the menu is more expensive than it used to be. Everyone raves about the "Cherry Pie" - which is good, but not out-of-this-world good that everyone states, and certainly not worth the price you pay for it. I guess that whole ritual eating of the cherry pie is again part of the film novelty. The Cafe was originally called "Thompson's Cafe" and was built in 1941 by Roy Thompson. The cafe lasted through World War II, the Depression, and the boom swings of the timber industry of Washington. The Cafe changed names to "Mar-T Cafe" as a pitstop for tourists and locals in the 1950's. It was in 1990 that David Lynch chose it and the Snoqualmie Valley as a location for his series "Twin Peaks". It was this series that immortalized his cafe and made the cherry pie famous as well as the "Damn fine cup o' coffee!" saying in these parts. The cafe burnt down in 2000, but was rebuilt and remodeled becoming a significant part of "Historic downtown North Bend". Besides the movie trivia, cherry pie, and coffee ... the cafe is notorious for its large portions, home-cooked food, burgers, Big breakfasts, and home-style dinners. On this visit, I went for the Hot Cakes, sausage, and Hash Browns. Good stuff. Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Homemade desserts made daily that you can buy by the slice or whole. They also make lunch as well as salads and sandwiches to go (don't forget to try a bowl of soup).
Favorite Dish: Try the Dutch Apple Cake (with raisins and walnuts) or the Rasberry Cheesecake (with pound cake crust).
One of Washington's most famous attractions is Snoqualmie Falls, an enormous 268 ft waterfall that falls between Snoqualmie and Fall City, Washington. Fed by the Snoqualmie River, the falls have been diverted into power plants powering the local area. The falls get over 1.5 million visitors each year where there is a two acre park, observation deck, gift shop, and lodge. To the Snoqualmie Tribe, the Falls is a traditional burial site where "the First Woman and First Man were created by Moon the Transformer and where prayers are carried up to the Creator by g reat mists that rise from the powerful flow". The mists that rise from the base of the waterfall are said to serve to connect heaven and earth. Rating: 5 stars out of 5.
Blueberry picking is always fun to do. Don't have to bend over like strawberries or get scratched by thorns from blackberries. There are many places to go in Western Washington. It's good to call ahead however because the season is short and unpredictable. A new place we went to this year was Bybee-Nim Farms in North Bend. The scenery is great there with the farm right up against Mt Si. There are different types of blueberries to choose from as well. It's worth at least a few hours to get the fresh berries to freeze and use for throughout the year.
This is a pretty good hike up past North Bend. It's only 2 miles one-way and leads up a mountain until you reach Talapus Lake. We went there in mid April and there was plenty of snow on the ground but the path was easily hiked anyway. There are plenty of towering trees and a few streams along the way. There is also campsites up at the top but not too many so get there early.
Take exit 45. North over overpass. follow road 9030. at .25 miles, junction with 9031. turn right for three miles until end of road. !!!WILDERNESS PERMIT REQUIRED!!!!