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“Your usual cast of characters.” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Cougar Bar & Grill

Cougar Bar & Grill
16849 Lewis River Rd, Cougar, WA 98616-9700
360-238-5252
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Ranked #1 of 3 Restaurants in Cougar
Cuisines: American
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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179 reviews 179 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 96 cities Reviews in 96 cities
190 helpful votes 190 helpful votes
“Your usual cast of characters.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2013

Interesting bartenders, locals and drop ins make this a fun place. We ate here two nights and they have decent bar food. More fried options than I like but that seems to be what the masses like. The Halibut sand was good and the grilled turkey with peppers was also good. They make their own chips so don't upgrade to the fries. There is outside seating and resraurant type seating but we sat at the bar as we always do - it's more fun. The prices (food and beer) are reasonable and they have 4 -5 local brews on tap. Happy hour (crappy hour - see photo) runs from 3 - 6. We like talking with locals, you learn a lot about an area from a having a couple beers with the them. One of the bartendes is a dog musher and has run the iditarod 3 teams, that's a feat. Service was quick and friendly though business was slow (Mon and Tue). We liked the Cougar for what that's worth.

  • Visited June 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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English first
Chicago, Illinois
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105 reviews 105 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 52 cities Reviews in 52 cities
71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
“Decent meal in town with few choices”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2013

If you're in cougar for a MSH climb you will have just a few choices for food and this is about the best. Great service and surprisingly family friendly for a bar.

Visited June 2013
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Woodland, Washington
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9 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“Best Fish & Chips Outside of Mine!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2012

We stopped for dinner at the Cougar Bar & Grill and the halibut fish and chips are excellent!

Visited July 2012
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Exeter, New Hampshire
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93 helpful votes 93 helpful votes
“Very busy, very good food”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2012

Building has that "well lived in" look, but was clean and VERY busy with motorcyclists. Seating was limited, and mobbed, so we sat outside. Plenty of outside seating, covered and uncovered, and service was predictably slow but reasonable considering the amount of people. Food took 30 minutes to deliver and the burger was juicy and all the toppings were very fresh. French fries were crispy and not soggy and the Buffalo Wings had separate sauce to accomodate everyone. The sauce was medium hot and vinegar based. Total for burger, drink and large "Wing Dings" was $20. Good place to drop in after a ride around the Mountain, but not recommended for families and young children due to the clientele.

  • Visited May 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Vancouver, Washington
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45 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 29 cities Reviews in 29 cities
97 helpful votes 97 helpful votes
“Is it a sports bar? Family diner? Local hangout? All of the above.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2012

You can choose your atmosphere when you walk in the door. Immediately to the left lies the over-21 area, with a couple of 4-person booths and a bar. The rustic walls in the bar are paved with dollar bills bearing signatures and sayings. Borrow a marker pen, scrawl your name or whatever else comes to mind, and staple it to the wall to admire - or cringe over - on future visits.

Food can be ordered and eaten in the bar, or in the main dining area, which is roomier, child-friendly and bright, with more booths and several tables. On chilly days, a woodstove toward the back warms the atmosphere. This is a backwoods eatery, so the taxidermied elements of decor should neither disturb your appetite, nor come as a surprise!

You can order a steak dinner or halibut fish & chips, and the food is good for an eatery in the middle of nowhere. Burgers are delicious and sloppy with fixings, so eat quickly while everything still holds together. Home made kettle chips are standard with baskets, but may be replaced with french fries, if preferred. Portions are adequate, prices are reasonable. Saturdays are prime rib night at certain times of the year. This is a favorite with locals, so arrive early to ensure availability. The atmosphere can get a little hectic when the place is packed on a busy summer afternoon/evening. In front of the building are picnic tables for outdoor dining in dry weather, and a tarp-covered smoking area to the side for patrons in need of nicotine.

A regular stop for travelers cruising the scenic route between Cougar and Carson, and one of only two eateries in town, the B&G has undergone extensive remodeling by the current owners, and is shaping up to be a pretty cool place to stop for a drink, and/or a meal. If you're interested in catching the highlights of the game during your dining experience and are seated indoors, at least one of the many wall-mounted flat screen TV's is sure to be in view.

  • Visited November 2011
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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