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About Mackinaws

Mackinaw’s Restaurant, located in historic downtown Chehalis, Washington, is a dining gem. It is a little piece of the city in a small town. We work with numerous local farmers that allow us the ability to bring the freshest ingredients to our menu – which changes daily. Mackinaw’s has 3 different dining rooms so that you can easily accommodate intimate groups as well as large gatherings. Allow the amazing Chef Khan to introduce herself, and Mackinaw’s Restaurant, in this short introductory video.

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About Chef Khan

“I certainly didn’t plan on opening an upscale restaurant in rural Chehalis, Washington, but, how often do plans go accordingly? Upon finishing school at Western Culinary in Portland, I was chosen to work with Rick Tramonto at TRU in Chicago. That incredible experience put me on the exact learning track that I allowed me to further my learning by working with Stu Stein in Portland. Yet, my sons lived in Chehalis, so after some months of commuting, I returned and decided to make new decisions. Within a year I created Mackinaw’s, and have had little time to look back.

As a Chef, I always remembered those words of wisdom taught in culinary school about respecting my superiors, being humble, and working hard enough to never sacrifice my values. Being the sole owner of Mackinaw’s, I have loved being continually rewarded by the patrons for the long hours and my personal desire for perfection. Many feel the need to step into the kitchen to meet me and give me a hug of thanks.

As a mother, my being a Chef was probably a decision not well thought out when it comes to raising three teenage boys. Mackinaw’s became their home – they were young Chefs in training, helping their mom get through all those busy nights. They knew that the only time they had to spend with me was at the restaurant. Instead of resenting all of the sport and school events that I wasn’t able to attend, they actually allowed me to become their hero. It has been an incredibly bittersweet experience but, I too, am proud of who I have become.”

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About the Menus

Executive Chef Laurel Khan creates an original menu every night to ensure the freshest ingredients are available. She sources local growers and farmer’s markets to support our community and regularly travels the country in search of new inspirations for her dishes. As our menu does change, the examples below might or might not be featured.

You may always call (360) 740-8000 to find out what Chef Khan has created for you tonight.


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