Twede’s Cafe

Worth a return

Twede’s Café, formerly Thompson’s Café, then the Mar-T Café, was a well-known location in the cult-fave 1990-1991 television series “Twin Peaks.” Its cherry pie and a “damn fine cup of coffee” were character Dale Cooper’s favorite snack. North Bend’s three-meal-a-day diner now makes the most of its moment of pop culture fame, billing itself as the “Home of Twin Peaks Cherry Pie.”

The pie is good, if not earth-shaking, its thick crust and tart filling brought to fruition by a large dollop of soft-serve vanilla ice cream on top. The better dessert here is a lemon bar… that is, if you really like lemon bars. This one is large and intensely lemony, too big-flavored for all but the most voracious sweet tooth. Brownies are equally immense, but lackluster chocolate is their undoing. In fact, the desserts we like best at Twede’s Café are Rice Krispie treats – a textbook balance of cereal’s crunch and melted marshmallow’s chew.

Dinners to precede the sweets are good versions of immemorial diner fare: gravy-smothered chicken-fried steak, flamboyantly dressed bacon cheeseburgers with high-quality French fries, a hot turkey sandwich made with roasted and carved in-house bird, stout beef-and-bean chili. Good breakfasts include smoky double-thick bacon slices, a spicy chile/pepperjack omelet, and a sweet slab of ham steak. Pancakes, however, are doughy beyond redemption. And the biscuit, heavy as hardening clay, could only be an acquired taste.

While we don’t love all the food, we do like Twede’s Café’s buoyant personality. Waitresses do their job with enthusiasm and it fun to sit at the counter or in a booth and watch star-struck “Twin Peaks” fans take selfies with their cherry pie and coffee.

What to Eat
Twede’s Cafe, Cherry Pie
Cherry Pie
Twede's signature dish is cherry pie (a la mode). The filling is a felicitous balance of sweet and tart.
Twede’s Cafe, Bacon
Sweet and smoky double-thick bacon is a must-eat.
Twede’s Cafe, Hot Turkey Sandwich
Hot Turkey Sandwich
Turkey is roasted in house for the classic hot turkey sandwich. With mashed potatoes and gravy, of course.
Twede’s Cafe, Navy Bean Soup
Navy Bean Soup
Navy bean soup: from-scratch comfort food.
Twede’s Cafe, French Fries
French Fries
High-quality French fries are an inviting variety of crisp, soft, and chewy little logs.
Twede’s Cafe, Chili
Mild-mannered, rib-sticking chili is topped with crisp raw onions.
Twede’s Cafe, Chicken Fried Steak
Chicken Fried Steak
Below that peppery gravy is a fork-tender chicken-fried steak (and, of course, lumpy mashed potatoes).
Twede’s Cafe, Avocado Bacon Cheeseburger
Avocado Bacon Cheeseburger
A 1/3-pound burger isn't all that juicy, but avocado, bacon, cheese, lettuce, and tomato compensate for its lack of character.
Twede’s Cafe, Brownie
Ladies and gentlemen, the world's heaviest brownie. Not for bec fins, it is murderous overkill.
Twede’s Cafe, Banana Cream Pie
Banana Cream Pie
Banana cream pie is not as jejune as those multicolored jimmies suggest. It's fresh and satisfying.
Twede’s Cafe, Rice Krispie Treat
Rice Krispie Treat
A big block of traditional Rice Krispie treat. Flavored versions also are available.
Twede’s Cafe, Snickerdoodle Cookie
Snickerdoodle Cookie
Inelegant snickerdoodles are plate-size and thick.
Twede’s Cafe, Chili Pepperjack Omelet
Chili Pepperjack Omelet
A surfeit of hot green chilies and pepperjack cheese make for a zesty omelet.
Twede’s Cafe, Hash Browns
Hash Browns
An enormous serving of good, crisp-edge hash browns accompanies the omelet.
Twede’s Cafe, Pancakes
A stack of thick, doughy pancakes will challenge the heartiest appetite.
Twede’s Cafe, Biscuit
The polar opposite of feathery, lightweight southern-style biscuits, this block of breadstuff is a daunting proposition.
Directions and Hours
open now
Sunday8am - 8pm
Monday8am - 8pm
Tuesday8am - 9pm
Wednesday8am - 8pm
Thursday8am - 8pm
Friday8am - 8pm
Saturday8am - 8pm
This restaurant is featured in the following eating tours.
5 stops | 120 MILES | 2 hr 7 min

Road Trip Overview

A road trip over the Cascades through Snoqualmie Pass leads not only to a bucolic, big-sky Washington State and some of the most wonderful fruit stands (apples especially!), but also to memorable restaurants.

TV Perfect

First stop, before heading upwards, is Twede's Cafe, made famous in the TV Show "Twin Peaks"…

Open Year Round
Meals Served
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Credit Cards Accepted
Alcohol Served
Outdoor Seating

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