The Maltby Cafe
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- THE GOOD: “world’s largest cinnamon roll.”
- THE BAD: we ate the “world’s largest cinnamon roll” in one day.
- THE NEIGHBORHOOD: Snohomish County, Greater Seattle.
Google “Maltby, Washington” and little returns.
The town of 10,000 hasn’t much to offer but a small cafe with the “world’s largest cinnamon roll.” The cafe’s cinnamon roll–and brunch–are believed by Seattleites to be “worth the wait.” And wait we did, for 30 minutes, on a weekday, with folks of all sorts.
Maltby Cafe occupies the basement of an old Schoolhouse Gym.
Its barnyard decors and countryside furnishing allow history to emanate. Unavailing here are Seattle’s contemporary architecture and interior design–a strife to Maltby’s century-old farming community.
We must have gone back in time.
Surrounding the schoolhouse gym stood a wooden windmill, an antique clock, rusty tractors and few signs of being in present day.
Thank goodness for passersby in Seahawks shirts! We would have fallen stupefied otherwise.
A party of two fits comfortably at the bar.
Hence my husband and I were ushered there, where friendly staff awaited with oversized menus offering Chicken Fried Beef Steak, Northwest Potato and Eggs, Monterey Scramble, Russian Omelette and more. Safe to say that the best of homestyle breakfasts are covered.
Menu also includes sandwiches, burgers, lite meals and desserts.
And don’t forget every Seattleite’s guilty pleasure.
Starbucks Espresso come in assorted flavors. Before ordering Fruit French Toast (12.50) and Prime Rib Omelette (14.90), my husband’s Cafe Almond Mocha (3.55) already arrived, adorning fresh whipped cream and unraveling nutty aroma.
Steak for breakfast?
A Texan-sized plate delivered a loaded omelette. Sizzling prime rib muffled inside folded eggs. A clean fold, by the way. The chef must be skilled.
Crunchy onions and peppers, tender steak and mushrooms, and stringy Tillamook cheddar and Jarsberg Swiss conceived bites of savor and fun, and decked on top of Maltby bread.
That’s right. The cafe bakes its own specialty bread–fresh daily and oh-so-pillowy! One-of-a-kind bread, one-of-kind French toast, topped with seasonal fruit–Marionberries today–and a dollop of Creme fraiche.
The technical explanation for Creme Fraiche is “a sour cream containing 30-45% butter fat and having a pH of around 4.5…”
“…soured by bacterial culture…with less viscosity and higher fat content.”
But we don’t write science journal, we brunch. Therefore, a simple “this sh*t’s hard to make” will do. Yet Maltby Cafe did it well by developing a sweet, airy and creamy complement to fruits, toast and such.
Staff informed that only their secret recipe can produce such pleasure.
I lack research.
And therefore cannot verify whether or not Maltby Cafe’s cinnamon roll (7.25) is the largest in the world or not. But the 6-inch wide breakfast-dessert stands erect at two-and-a-half inches tall and weighs two pounds. If that’s not big for a cinnamon roll, then I don’t know what is.
We took one to go, and are ashamed to admit that, after one day, the densely-packed, glaze-dripping roll has vanished.
We don’t care to “go back in time.”
A pair of jaded Seattleites after all. The small town felt, well, small. But we’ll be back for the cinnamon roll, as well as Maltby Cafe’s worth-the-wait brunch.
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8809 Maltby Rd
Snohomish, WA 98296
2010 and 2011 Winner of Best Dessert and 2011 Winner of Best Healthy Bite at the Bite of Seattle for our Strawberry and Marionberry Shortcakes.
7:00am to 3:00pm daily.
Now Serving Breakfast All Day on Week Days!