The Soup Cellar – Leavenworth, WA

Food: Hattie
Food: Parents
Kid Friendliness

Restaurant: The Soup Cellar
Cuisine: Bratwursts, Soup & Salad Bar
Visit Date: January 2017
Location: Leavenworth, WA
Address: 815 Front St # B
Price of Kids Meal: $7.49
Child Friendliness Factors: 
-Changing Table in restroom: Yes, and it was a large single-occupant restroom which makes it nice for potty-ing with your parents.
-Child hand washing made convenient: No
-Highchairs available: Yes
-Drinks: Milk available with straws.
-Child-friendly food/servings on menu: Yes, although my mom kinda freaked out about every kids meal being served with a big pile of french fries AND a pudding cup.
-Welcoming touches for children: None in particular.
Additional Comments:
-Beer & wine available
-Tight space with steep stairs, which may make it tricky for those in a stroller.
-No outdoor seating.
-No table service/counter service only, but soups & salad bar are serve-yourself style, which means you don’t have to wait on the kitchen staff to cook your stuff if you are really hungry.

Sometimes, I just want a slice of pizza or a hot dog, and The Soup Cellar is the perfect spot on a day like that. My parents, however, can get very particular about their food. They said it tasted fresh-from-the-Sysco-truck & were hoping for something more homemade. We did all agree that you can’t beat the speed here, and it was a great place to bring large families or picky eaters. They said the prices were good, too, so I think we’ll be back again someday.

I was born in September of 2014, and ever since I started eating solid foods I have been a self-proclaimed foodie. I am also an aspiring chef (actually, I just aspire to reach the kitchen counter right now), and experienced restaurant critic.

The Alps Candy Shop

Sitting directly on Highway 2 in Tumwater Canyon, just outside of the town of Leavenworth, is the Alps Candy Shop. This place is so much more than just a candy store! The owner, Archie Marlin Jr., fills the shelves with a vast array of his own creations, from hot sauces to marmalades, brittles to pickles, and oh so many mustards. His father was in the candy business and a few of the recipes are from Archie Sr., but most are his own. The shop caught fire in 2009, but he rebuilt quickly to tourist’s delight. If you have the time, you can read about the fire in this article from the New York Times.

Inside the shop, there is this photo of Highway 2 from 1926. What a difference! The photo is from Steven’s Pass, which is further along the road, but you can see in the photo that Highway 2 was just a dirt road back then. No sign of the Steven’s Pass Ski Resort. I love the sign in the photo that says “This is God’s Country. Don’t set it on fire and make it leak like Hell.”Stevens Pass Photo

Outside of the store is a large bell with the story posted next to it:

It began about the turn of the century. The Great Northern Railway had a line serving this part of the Northwest Territory. On one of their mighty trains was mounted this beautiful bronze bell.

Now, the legend is, the engineer through this sparsely settled frontier drove this mighty train. One dark night as he traveled through the lonely area he saw lights blinking, blinking, blinking in a rural home. Unsure of the meaning he began to ring the bell in answer. Two days later, he returned home, told his wife about it, and suggested she pay a visit to the home of the blinking lights.  His wife was a person gifted with unusual powers. She visited the home and sure enough it had been a distress signal and she miraculously solved the family problem.

The story soon spread, and it became the custom of those that lived along the rail line to blink their lights to the train for help. The engineer always answered by ringing his bell and on his return trip would send his wife to the people.The bell tolling recipe of the message and the miracles performed by the gifted lady, though never understood, were accepted with great love and appreciation.

Then tragedy struck. The lady died. The engineer continued to drive his train and always remembered the wonderful experiences they had. Two years went by, and one pitch-dark night he saw lights blinking in a settler’s home. He was stunned and overcome with a feeling of helplessness, but not for long.

The bell was ringing and he was not ringing it. No one was ringing it – but it rang. He could not stop the train. The home was soon out of sight and the bell ceased ringing. The next week he made a special trip to the blinking light home. He was welcomed in the most cordial manner. It seems as soon as the bell rang a miracle had been performed.

This story soon spread and for years when help was needed, the people once again blinked their lights and the bell itself would ring in answer. It seems the powers of the woman had been transferred to the bell.

Then tragedy struck once more. The engineer died and the Great Northern Railway dismantled the train. The bell lay all alone in the Great Northern Yard. Sad and lonely, the bell now had power and wanted to be where it could still help people.

A group of primary Sunday school children at the newly completed Ridgecrest Baptist Church had saved and sacrificed to buy the bell. They contacted the Great Northern Railway, who responded by donating the bell. This bell with its power decided this is where it wanted to be. The bell was happy once more. Church members loved the bell, though they never did learn of its powers. Many times however, they were mystified. How could the bell seem to ring out all by itself? They thought of it as one of those things. Then tragedy struck a third time.

The city of Seattle passed a law that it would be unlawful to ring the church bell. The church deacons wondered what to do about the bell. The bell again made a wish to be at a place where it could be with people from all over the country, or even the world.

That’s why the bell is where it is today, in this beautiful spot. The Alps in Tumwater Canyon is just five miles outside of Leavenworth on Highway 2. Proudly hangs the bell in this peaceful mountain spot. Pull the rope and make a wish whether you believe or not. You will find peace will come and better you will feel. From the bell through the rope will silently steal. Into your being peace and a cure, plus happiness with the new hope you can be sure. The Bell, The Bell, The Bell.

By Archie Martin Sr.

The Great Northern Railway did run through this area, but there is no “Ridgecrest Baptist Church” exactly. There is a Tabernacle Baptist Church in the Ridgecrest neighborhood. Perhaps they have changed their name over the years. As for the city outlawing the church bells, I’ve never heard of such a regulation. The city has a number of church bells that ring hourly, especially on Sundays. I’m not sure if there’s any truth to this quint legend, but the bell is fun to ring, and the setting couldn’t be more beautiful!

I have been in the field of Early Childhood Education since 1995. I have my Bachelor’s degree in Professional Child Development. In my free time, I love LEGO, ballet, ballroom dancing, eating out, traveling, history, architecture, genealogy, and people.

Watershed Cafe – Leavenworth, WA

Food: Hattie
Food: Parents
Kid Friendliness

Restaurant: Watershed Cafe
Cuisine: American
Visit Date: October 11th, 2015
Location: Leavenworth, WA
Address: 221 8th Street
Price of Kids Meal: N/A
Child Friendliness Factors: 
-Changing Table in restroom: No. It was a very awkward experience.Hattie at Watershed Restaurant
-Child hand washing made convenient: No. This was also a very awkward experience.
-Highchairs available: Yes.
-Drinks: I used my tippy cup from home, so I’m not sure what they would have offered me.
-Child-friendly food/servings on menu: No children’s menu, but the chef was very accommodating.
-Welcoming touches for children: None to speak of.
Additional Comments:
-Parking in downtown Leavenworth can be tricky.
-Patio seating available in good weather.

We ate brunch here on a beautiful mountain weekend, and it was so delicious! At the request of my parents, the chef made me a plate of sliced avocados, scrambled eggs, and sliced oranges. Our waitress was so kind and patient with me and the mess I kept making. We got to sit on the patio and watch all of the dogs walk by, and then one of them sat down at the table next to us! The waitress brought him a bowl of water, which I thought was really sweet. My parents loved their meals too. They both ordered sliders, and instead of fries, which is what most restaurants bring with anything that looks burger-isa, this place served them with dilly beans…which I love! Mark this one in the record books, folks: a restaurant that serves VEGGIES with their burgers! Wow! Watershed Restaurant Custom Brunch

I was born in September of 2014, and ever since I started eating solid foods I have been a self-proclaimed foodie. I am also an aspiring chef (actually, I just aspire to reach the kitchen counter right now), and experienced restaurant critic.