Our Story

The Maple Counter Cafe brings to the table three generations of restaurant excellence and expertise. Beginning with my grandparents’ restaurant in Chicago over 35 years ago, the artful skill of handcrafting breakfasts and lunches has become a family tradition. Drawing heavily from the inspiration of my parents’ restaurant, The Oak Table Cafe in Sequim, WA, my wife Rachel and I proudly carry the flag of a family passion. In our quest to create a business which smiles on the world, we maintain that there is no substitute for quality. At the Maple Counter Cafe, great pride is taken in creating a memorable experience, with close attention paid to the food, and especially to the customer.

Chefs at the Maple Counter Cafe understand that preparing good food takes time and special care, so we start at dawn every day making numerous batters from authentic, coveted recipes that hold true to our vision of a memorable meal. Our batters are not from packaged mixes ­— all are carefully blended by hand using fresh, ingredients, such as unbleached hard wheat flour, fresh eggs, and real cream. Another important aspect of our batters comes from our sourdough barrel. This old-fashioned process of nurturing yeast has been handed down from generation to generation, and is what makes our pancakes light and fine textured. All of our syrups and toppings for our pancakes, crepes, and omelets are delicately prepared from scratch-recipes.

Nothing can replace fresh products for food value or taste. The butter used in our restaurant is above USDA 93 score, of the finest available. By rendering out the impurities (salts and solids), we are left with the pure “golden oil” which we use to baste eggs and cook other special dishes. Our whipped butter is simply that – nothing more, nothing less. We have chosen a special blend of coffee to complement your meal, and we serve it with real whipping cream. Our lemonade, orange, and grapefruit juices are freshly squeezed in our kitchen every day.

The use of locally sourced ingredients is a priority at The Maple Counter Cafe, better serving you and our great community. By incorporating items such as locally baked breads, fresh produce from nearby farms, and quality meats from around the Walla Walla area, we are ensuring a freshness you can taste.

We at the Maple Counter Cafe thank you for your patronage and invite you to relax, enjoy your meal, and feel free to comment on the service and quality of your order. When you’re dining with us, you’re family.

We love our customers. You’re the reason we’re here!

Kory and Rachel Nagler, Owners