Café was carved out of an old greasy spoon known as the Phinney Ridge
Café. It has been a popular neighborhood
hangout since the 1920's when trolley cars used to roll past the café headed
down toward Fremont. Back in 1988, Mae happened upon the
place. It was a dirty, greasy run-down
old café that had once enjoyed a successful heyday, but was badly in need of a
facelift and some T.L.C.-just the kind of place she was looking for!
Mae, a transplant from Wisconsin,
hit the scene, she brought in the cows.
The "Moo Room" is her monument to Wisconsin. This small dining room, located in the back
of the café, is one of four dining rooms packed with kitschy junk store
treasures. It's highly decorated with
all manner of cow "Moo-morabilia".
extensive collection of salt & pepper shakers is displayed throughout the
café. The walls are adorned with a wall
hanging of those famous poker playing dogs, a wood shop class rendering of E.T,
a beautiful likeness of Elvis and, well, you'll just have to see it for
yourself! Suffice it to say that Mae's
has a style all its own.
menu reflects this eclectic style, too.
Ray, the kitchen manager at Mae's, has mastered the art of smoking fresh
trout and salmon, making for some tantalizing menu items. Jeffrey, the chief line cook, personally
produces the best hollandaise this side of heaven. Mae's serves up Eggs Benedict every weekend
in three different ways-with canadian bacon, spinach or smoked salmon.
workers at Mae's are very loyal, as are the regular customers. It makes for a homey at-moo-shpere". Come as you are! Bring the kids. Bring your visitors from the
heartland-they'll love this taste of Seattle,
located just north of the famous Woodland Park Zoo.
Café has thrived for nearly 20 years on the Ridge.