Since we live in Chehalis, this is about the only place we will take visiting friends from the big city. Chef/owner Laurel maintains a small menu but it has a lot of choices for just about any palette. We have made a meal out of just appetizers. Her beer/cheese fondue served with apples, bread and local made sausage slices plus a bottle of wine will be perfect for a light meal. Her Pepper Pot served with bread chunks for dipping has also been a meal of sausage, clams, and mussels in a red sauce.
Her entrees are served with a salad or soup and then potatoes or rice and vegetable on the plate. She keeps the number of offerings small, but the quality is wonderful. Her pecan crusted grilled steelhead or Wild Arctic Char, served in a puddle of raspberry puree is a standard, and always good. Her steaks are from a consistent quality supplier, and although I'm not a big beef eater, they are always tender and perfectly cooked to order. She frequently has wild game offerings in season, like elk or venison. Another standard is her chicken ravioli, which is wonderful on a cold evening. There are usually at least 2 or 3 steaks on the menu, a couple of seafood dishes and a couple of chicken dishes.
She also offers up a couple of deserts to choose from as well as desert wines and quality coffee to end the meal. Her warm lava cake is worth saving room for, even if to share with others at the table. Her wine selection is mostly local, and you'll find wines from local boutique wineries not available at most markets and wine shops.
Housed on the bottom floor of an old downtown hotel, the place has a sense of class without being stuffy, with original wood floors, an untouched old brick wall and a wood stove in the winter. It is decorated with a northwest fishing motif with stuff like bait buckets instead of a bread basket and fish salt and pepper shakers. She also has a separate room, down the hall, called the Man Cave (women welcome as well) with a TV if you just can't miss the game. She also uses this room for private parties and celebrations.
Weeknights you can probably walk in without a reservation. On the weekend, they are recommended. The place, the food and the service will all make you smile!
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