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Cook's Station

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31950 State Highway 88, Pioneer, CA 95666-9170
+1 209-295-2244
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Yuma Arizona
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19 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Probably the best hamburgers in Amador County and maybe the Sierra foothills. This old pony express stop has a lot of history. Just great food at a great price.

Thank StandupDan
Los Angeles, California
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6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 December 2016

This historic spot on Hwy 88 between Jackson and Lake Tahoe is our favorite local breakfast spot. The service is up-country casual, so don't be surprised if you have to sit and wait to order or get your check. This family-owned spot serves large portions from a massive menu listing, including the best buckwheat pancakes in the area. There is... More 

Thank 145russell
Concord CA
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32 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 December 2016

A great little all in one roadside restaurant, store and bar. Has a lot of history. The food is good and reasonably priced. The service is good, slows down a little when busy, but a quick smile from them makes you forget all about that. Give them a try next time you are passing through. We used to stop at... More 

Thank Steve D
Pioneer, California
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2016

Had a great breakfast at Cooks Station. Had a great Cooks Benedict that was reall biscuits and great sausage gravy. My son had corned beef hash and eggs. All with hash browns and a great cup of coffee. Good home style cooking for us folks that live off HWY 88.

Thank L6006HAdonnac
Dayton, Nevada
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147 reviews
86 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 December 2016 via mobile

We've blown past this place for years- today hubs slammed on brakes and pulled in for lunch. Glad we did. Menu goes for pages and pages. Breakfast served til noon, then lunch. Take time to read the history of the place (in the menu). It originally opened during the civil war!! I'll let you read the rest. Hubs had a... More 

Thank TravelPrincess69
Minden, Nevada
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263 reviews
159 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 119 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 November 2016

First, this is about 10 miles east of Pioneer, just at the 5,000 foot mark. Small inside, so you might have to wait for a table on a busy day. Also, only one small bathroom outside. This is a family run place and they all help out, and the service is great! Takes awhile to figure out what you want,... More 

Thank NevadaHudson
Pioneer, California
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40 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 September 2016

Connie and Jack and staff will bring you back time after time! The food if you are traveling on HWY88, is like mom's cooking. So very friendly!

Thank Sharon M
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6 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016

Welcoming service...very good food, comfortable table, inside but outside available. competitive prices, Long history here on the mountain. Bar service for those interested. Popular with locals. Will be back again.

Thank catamount
Pine Grove, CA
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33 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 July 2016

Nestled between the pine trees on Hwy 88 on your way to Kirkwood or Lake Tahoe is Cook's Station. It is the location of a Pony Express stop dating back to the 1800's. Read the menu that details the story of the little girl ghost who apparently still haunts the place. (she is friendly, I might add---I looked but didn't... More 

Thank JoanElaine1947
Carmel, California
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54 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 December 2015

There are not a lot of places to stop on Highway 88 between Kirkwood and Jackson. We always enjoy eating breakfast and lunch at Cooks. The menu is expansive but you can't go wrong with one of their burgers. Breakfast is also a favorite and love the chicken friend steak and eggs. The staff is very friendly but be prepared... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Breakfast, Lunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Cheap Eats, Child-friendly, Kids
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 31950 State Highway 88, Pioneer, CA 95666-9170
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Pioneer
  • Phone Number: +1 209-295-2244

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?