The Famous Diner Hiding In Small Town Washington


There’s so much to love about Twede’s Cafe in North Bend. First off, it’s been around for ages. The diner, originally established in the 1940s as Thompson’s Cafe, has been through WWII, the Great Depression, new ownership, and by the 90s, was famously used as a filming location for the show Twin Peaks. 

Not to mention the cafe’s in a prime location – less than ten minutes from Snoqualmie Falls, an hour from Seattle, and in the shadow of Mount Si, with the trailhead just a few miles away. And then there’s the food – with an extensive selection of burgers, sandwiches and homemade pies, including their famous Twin Peaks Cherry Pie, with an amazing crust that melts in your mouth. Seriously, you can’t go wrong with this place.

Plus there’s no better time to visit than now – with spring finally here and the weather getting warmer, it’s a great place to stop before (or after) hiking in the area for the day. It’s also worth stopping in soon to celebrate the return of Twin Peaks, which only ran from 1990-91, but is now finally continuing with new episodes on Showtime.

Not much has changed since it was originally seen as Double R Diner – at least on the outside. The inside, however, looks completely new – after a fire in 2000 that closed them down for awhile. Since reopening, the diner’s now comfier than ever, with booths, counter seats and a warm, homey ambiance.

On the menu, Twede’s serves everything from breakfast to lunch, dinner and dessert. Eggs, pancakes, French toast and other breakfast options are available in the AM, along with burgers, sandwiches, and other entrees by the afternoon.

Even if you’re stuffed, grab a slice of their famous cherry pie for the road – or if you’re not a fan of cherry – any of their other flavors like apple, boysenberry, chocolate cream, coconut cream and banana cream. To see everything they offer, check out their menus online here.

Twede's Cafe

Photo by Seb on Flickr

In 2015 the diner was featured again in the upcoming Twin Peaks episodes. They still have photos and memorabilia adorning a wall in the hallway to the bathroom, as well as this “Welcome To Twin Peaks” mural out back:

Moreover, the backdrop of Mount Si is worth stopping by alone. You can find them at 137 W North Bend Way, North Bend, WA 98045. For more info on Twede’s Cafe, visit their website here.

Have you been to Twede’s Cafe? What was your experience like?