* 137 W North Bend Way * North Bend, WA 98045 * 425-831-5511 * http://twedescafe.com/ * Hours: M-Th 6:30am-8:00pm ; F,Sa 6:30am-9:00pm ; Su 6:30am-7:00pm *
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.
Twin Peaks – TV Series 1990-1991
Director: David Lynch. Starring: Kyle MacLachlan … Special Agent Dale Cooper (30 episodes, 1990-1991 ;
Michael Ontkean … Sheriff Harry S. Truman (30 episodes, 1990-1991; Mädchen Amick … Shelly Johnson (30 episodes, 1990-1991); Dana Ashbrook … Bobby Briggs (30 episodes, 1990-1991); Richard Beymer … Benjamin Horne (30 episodes, 1990-1991); Lara Flynn Boyle … Donna Hayward (30 episodes, 1990-1991);
Sherilyn Fenn … Audrey Horne (30 episodes, 1990-1991); and many more.
The ‘made for tv’ series involved a very odd murder investigation involving a teenaged girl named Laura Palmer. She lived in the quiet town of Twin Peaks near the border of the U.S. and Canada. The small community is shocked by this murder, and special FBI agent Dale Cooper is sent to investigate and work with local law enforcement. The town’s macabre and bizarre secrets become exposed as the citizens all have major things hidden from sight. Paranormal strange visions of Laura and others demonstrate something sinister and evil is taking place. Rating: 5 stars out of 5.