MAPLE FALLS CAFE
Gourmet eats in Maple Falls.
Seattle chef and restaurateur Sam Hassan is bringing his unique take on good food to Maple Falls with the opening of the Maple Falls Cafe on the Mt. Baker Highway this May.
He’ll be serving up everything from all-natural beef burgers marinated in brandy or bourbon and topped with Irish Dubliner cheese with double roasted bacon from Chicago to local trout smothered in an apple and red onion fondue.
“It’s quite an interesting menu. It’s basically American fare that’s really well-done and honestly priced,” Hassan said. “We’re trying to use natural, organic ingredients as much as possible to offer healthy, plentiful meals and offer specials and gluten-free, vegan and vegetarian options.” He’s even making his own house-made root beer and lemonade.
The former owner of The Grill from Ipanema (the first Brazilian-style grill in Seattle) and Paratii Craft Bar has had his fare featured in Seattle Met Magazine and despite continued success in the big city, he was ready for something new. Hassan said that living and working in the mountains has been a life-long dream. “I grew up in Brazil, so pine trees were exotic to me,” he said. “Now, I can live three days in the mountains and four days on the water, and still make good food.”
An avid music lover, Hassan is also bringing a world-renowned music lineup to the area which begin in May, with musicians such as Renaud Garcia-Fons, Crumac, the Carlos Cascante Band, the Jessie Sawyers Band, the Eric Verlinde Band, Andre Mehmari and the Jovino Santos Neto Trio gracing the stage. “I like to make noise, so I put this music event together,” he said. Tickets for the shows can be purchased at brownpapertickets.com.
“I’m excited about this. It just sort of fell into my lap,” he said. Maple Falls Cafe will be open Thursday through Sunday from 5 to 10 p.m. for the month of May. New hours begin June 1. For more information call 360/656-5833. X