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Crossroads Americana

by John Fannin FALL CITY – East meets west in Fall City, a place where homespun rural tames the urban rat race. The unincorporated community of 2,000 souls sits about halfway between high tech and outlet shopping, perched on the corner of SR 202 and 203 between Redmond and North Bend. It’s an area of western Washington that still clings to farming and country life. For nearly a decade, the Fall City Roadhouse & Inn has beckoned visitors to sit and stay a spell before hurrying off to the big city. Built in 1916 as the Riverside Tavern and Colonial Inn, the landmark added a second story in 1931 to accommodate school teachers in need of housing. In 2008, the building was purchased and remodeled into the Fall City Roadhouse & Inn, converting the upstairs to a 1920’s vintage style inn. Downstairs, you’ll find crossroads Americana, rich wood paneling and classic chrome hearkening back to the age of roadside diners. Of course, most importantly you’ll find all kinds of comfort food to fill your plate. That variety ranges from four kinds of homemade macaroni and cheese – including gluten-free options – to crab cakes Benedict and hefty pulled-pork sandwiches.

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The neon lights are bright in Fall City thanks to the roadhouse’s classic sign beckoning visitors.

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A Fall City landmark for nearly a century, the Fall City Roadhouse & Inn’s exterior was once used as a backdrop for the quirky TV show Twin Peaks.

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Warm wooden fixtures and classic chrome combine to offer a homey, diner feel inside the roadhouse.

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Tiffany-inspired lamps offer a warm ambiance at Fall City Roadhouse & Inn.

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Oh, you’ll leave the Fall City Roadhouse & Inn with a smile – like this carved wooden figure - whether its warm hospitality of the upstairs inn or hearty meals offered downstairs.

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