Granny's Cafe: Adorable cafe on the way to or from Olympic National Park or Port Angeles. Rejuvenate with delicious food, pie, famous soft-serve ice cream.
I've lost count of the number of times that I and friends have stopped in at Granny's Cafe for delicious Americana cuisine, hamburgers, salads, fried chicken. In mid-summer, don't pass on the opportunity to snag a blackberry pie. During what passes for summer heat in these parts, the line for a soft-serve ice cream cone might stretch nearly all the way to the highway. I am not even kidding. And the wait is worth it.
We have no reservations in strongly suggesting that your vacation to Port Angeles include a stop-off at Granny's Cafe.
Granny's Cafe Info
Driving from Port Angeles westward, Highway 101 winds around Lake Crescent, drops into Forks, passes by the turn-off to Hoh Rain Forest, and then tiptoes precariously along the Pacific Ocean shoreline at the various Kalaloch Beaches. Because of the massive Olympic Mountains, Hwy 101 is the ONLY road that gets people from here to there.
As the highway threads its way between the mountain ridges cupping Indian Valley which is due west of Port Angeles, it passes within 80 feet of Granny's Cafe.
Whether you've been driving for hours and your butt is sore, or you've hiked to and from the peak of Storm King Mountain and your feet are sore, or you've been kayaking for hours on Lake Crescent and your muscles are sore, Granny's will be an exceedingly welcome sight -- or a planned-for and highly anticipated stop which will rejuvenate exhausted travelers and visitors.
Many decades have come and gone while Granny's Cafe has been ably serving locals and visitors of the North Olympic Peninsula.
In the 1950's, Granny's opened its doors under the name "Indian Valley Drive-In." The Emerald Valley Motel was part of the enterprise and was located right next door.
The 1970s brought the nickname "Granny's" to the cafe, and before long it had officially stuck. The proprietor at the time, Marion Raef, was a warm-hearted woman who fed her guests well, treated employees like family, and maintained a loving family ambience where everyone felt cared for and appreciated. It was no surprise that many of her visitors and customers became restaurant admirers.
When Marion retired in 1999, she sold Granny's Cafe and the associated Emerald Valley Motel to one of those admirers, Terry Roszatyki and his wife Carol. They worked tirelessly on updating and improving the cafe's charm. With their own love and care, Granny's Cafe continued to be a must-stop pit stop along Highway 101.
In early 2017, disaster struck. Terry was killed in an accident on the highway, and the whole of of Clallam County mourned. The memories surrounding the restaurant became painful for the Roszatyki family. In 2018, they sold Granny's Cafe to the Pinson family.
Today, the Pinsons are dedicated to honoring the previous owners of the cafe, respecting the hard work that has been put into Granny's Cafe in the past, and preserving and maintaining that special magic and warmth people feel when they eat at Granny's. Their good friends Benjamin and Cheryl Lowe who have restaurant experience manage the cafe.
We have no doubt Granny's will continue to be a favorite restaurant in the Port Angeles area for many more years to come.
Out of 200 reviews on Tripadvisor, 110 reviews rate Granny's Cafe as excellent and 66 rate the restaurant as very good.
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