The Top Notch Cafe looks much like it did when the doors opened way back in 1938. Still a long, narrow cafe, with booths, bar and stools and the original wooden backboard.
The waitresses' shirts tell the tale: Home of the World's Best Burger, and after lunch there last week I'd be hard pressed to disagree. As he flips the ten different kinds of burgers, the cook is singing! That's an unusual treat.
According to www.HistoryLink.org (the website for Washington State History), Colfax was named for Schuyler Colfax, the VP to President U.S. Grant in the years 1869-1873. Whitman County was signed into being on January 29, 1871 and Colfax was born on January 14, 1879.
This is not an ad for the Top Notch Cafe, although it could be. My point here is that we zoom past history too often without giving it a second thought. Do stop the next trip north or south on U.S. 95.