Mae's featured unique options for vegetarians, fresh locally sourced ingredients, and lots of unique menu choices. It became so popular that it was very hard to get a seat on the weekends. Unfortunately, all good things must come to an end, and after some ownership changes the place fell apart. The last time I was there the food was still good, but I received the worst service I have ever gotten at a restaurant and vowed that I would never go back. I don't think that I was the only person that felt this way because shortly after that, the doors for Mae's were closed and the space was sold. The cafe reopened a few months later with a new name, a new menu and a new staff, so I decided it was time to go back and give the space a second chance.
The new cafe is called the Whistle Stop. The new owners gave the place a good once over, but kept a lot of the furniture and decor from the previous owners, including all of the cool stickers on the stove. The WS menu features breakfast and lunch. They have a large selection of your basic cafe items, including eggs, pancakes, sandwiches, soups, and salads. It's a pretty standard menu, with one big bonus, they serve alcohol!!!! There is nothing better than brunch on a Sunday and it's not really brunch without a drink.
The biggest difference between Mae's and the Whistle Stop isn't the food, it'a the atmosphere and service. Instead of feeling like you're a burden to the staff, they treat you right. We had a lovely waitress who kept our waters full, brought our eggs over pipping hot, and brought the bill as soon as we were ready for it. There was a steady stream of customers throughout the morning, but no one waited very long because they stayed on top of everything and kept everyone's day moving.
I am not going to lie and say the food is as good as Mae's because it isn't. The Whistle Stop isn't trying to serve up one of a kind concoctions. They are trying to do the basics right, which I really appreciate. The food is pretty damn good and the service and atmosphere is wonderful. So, if you were weary about giving it a try, I suggest that you stop in and have a meal. I have a feeling that you wont miss Mae's as much as you thought you would.