Cooks Corner has been serving up grub at the entrance to Live Oak Canyon Road in Orange County since the 1920s. Cooks became a full bar when prohibition ended in 1933. Back then this part of Orange County was out in the middle of nowhere, today the property is slowly being surrounded by tracts of homes.
The cook family sold the business in 1975 and moved to a ranch in Montana. The new owners run a motorcycle accessories company and sell t-shirt and apparel on the patio every weekend.
On any Saturday, Sunday, or holiday Cooks is packed with bikers and the parking is jammed with hundreds of motorcycles. The crowd is usually friendly with a mix of weekend warriors and hardcore bikers. Families are welcome so come on in, even if you have kids with you.
Cooks Corner hosts biker events including a chili cook-off, the blessing of the bikes, Riding Dirty? bike wash every Saturday and Sunday, Taco Tuesday, Thirsty Thursday, and Fish n Chips Friday.
Cooks Corner History
Cook’s Corner is named after Andrew Jackson Cook, who acquired the land that the roadhouse now sits on in 1884. In 1926, his son, Earl turned an old cabin on the property into an eatery for local. In 1933 when prohibition ended Cook’s Corner cabin eatery was converted into a bar. In 1946, an abandoned army mess hall was purchased, torn apart, and then reassemble in the canyon to create the current Cooks Corner Roadhouse.
Santiago Canyon Road is one of the last country roads in Orange County with the exception of Ortega Highway which passes through the southern section of the county. If you visit during the week you can escape the crowd, weekends it’s elbow to elbow. Address: Cooks Corner can be found at 19152 Santiago Canyon Rd Trabuco, CA 92679.The corner of Santiago Canyon and Live Oak Canyon Road.