The Cookshak

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When craving healthy sandwiches, burgers, and options for vegetarians and vegan diets, one eatery shines: The Cookshak.

The deli and grill is located at the Elks Lodge Patio, offering breathtaking al fresco dining that is also pet-friendly. 

The Elks Lodge symbolizes camaraderie and goodwill, making The Cookshak a fitting partner with its warm atmosphere and welcoming services. 

Whether celebrating a special occasion or simply enjoying a casual meal, The Cookshak ensures an experience worth cherishing. The relaxed vibe of the outdoor area at The Cookshak is perfect for families or friends looking to soak up the beauty of Big Bear while savoring tasty fare. And with The Cookshak being dog-friendly, customers can enjoy their meals in the company of their furry friends. 

With its large patio, hearty fare, and fun atmosphere, it's easy to see why The Cookshak is a Big Bear hot spot. 


The moment you step onto the patio at The Cookshak, you're greeted by a laid-back and lively vibe. Here, the hustle and bustle of life takes a back seat, and the focus shifts to savoring good food and creating lasting memories.

The exterior of The Elks Lodge and The Cookshak exudes a rustic charm that blends with the surrounding beauty of Big Bear Lake. 

The spacious outdoor seating area, with splendid views, is large enough to join the camaraderie or find a quiet spot off the side. 

The Cookshak provides an environment that encourages relaxation and togetherness. It's a place where every meal is a celebration, every gathering is a feast, and every visitor becomes part of the family.

TheCookshak: Menu & Drinks

The Cookshak is a veritable paradise for foodies. Offering a menu that's as diverse as it is delicious, this place has something to satisfy every palate. From the mouth-watering fried chicken touted as a must-try to the succulent baby back ribs served with a choice of sides, every dish at The Cookshak tells a story of culinary excellence.

Another standout on the menu is their chicken tenders. Available in servings of 2, 3, or 5, these tenders delight the senses. Crispy on the outside and tender on the inside, it offers a taste sensation that leaves you wanting more. 

Vegetarians will want to wrap their hands around the Mushroom Veggie. This sandwich has freshly sautéed mushrooms topped with lettuce, tomato, onion, Ortega Chili, avocado, and cucumber. Bread choices are white, wheat, rye, sourdough roll, or lettuce-wrapped.

Moving on to the drinks, The Cookshak offers various options to quench your thirst. Their lemonade and iced tea are perfect for those looking for a refreshing, non-alcoholic beverage. 

But if you're in the mood for something more substantial, you can't go wrong with their range of sodas, craft drafts, and bottled beer. A standout is the "Cock-A-Doodle Brew," an exclusive beer that promises a unique tasting experience.

The Cookshak also offers a variety of margaritas, including their special "Boujee Margarita." This cocktail is a crowd favorite topped with Chambord and available either frozen or on the rocks.

When hearty fare, serene setting, and al fresco dining are on the docket for your Big Bear getaway, get to The Cookshak! 

Local Tips

  • The Cookshak is dog-friendly, so feel free to bring your furry friend along.
  • They offer both dine-in and take-out options, so grab something to savor at your Casago rental!
  • Their patio offers a beautiful view of Big Bear Lake, enhancing your dining experience.
  • They have a loyalty program, so sign up for some great rewards.


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