The Cookhouse’s do-it-all chef loves choices at ‘amazing place to work’

Published 11:16 am Wednesday, July 13, 2022

By Angela Cutrer
Special to the Elizabethton Star
Nestled in the rolling hills overlooking the west end of Elizabethton sits the Elizabethton Golf Club, a par-72, 6,470-yard playground offering golf for all levels of enthusiasts.
Onsite there are many different ways to get your exercise going, but if you’re in the mood to dine, the club has that aspect covered as well.
The club’s restaurant is called “The Cookhouse” and inside you just might meet the chef. Maynerd Little loves what he does, and he loves doing it at The Elizabethton Golf Club’s The Cookhouse.
“I do it all,” his infectious happy voice chuckles as he talks on the phone and cooks at the same time. “It’s an amazing place to work.
“It overlooks the golf course’s first, 10th and 18th tees with these big windows. It’s just beautiful.”
Little has been in the position for about a year. He handles catering, cooking, beverage service and “anything else needed doing.”
And The Cookhouse has a lot going on inside. From lunches, to catered meetings, to off-to-tee hand foods, The Cookhouse offers whatever a diner might need.
It’s famous for its “Cookhouse Burger,” a grilled Angus beef dressed concoction on a toasted bun. Want bacon? A buck puts it on for your pleasure.
Craving something lighter? How about a grilled chicken salad, with lettuce, tomatoes, onion, bacon bits, shredded cheese and croutons? Who could resist?
The Cookhouse also offers “Mountain High Nachos,” a “Classic Philly,” jalapeño poppers and fried pickles.
To stay in a golfing mode, try the “Triple Bogey Sampler.” You won’t mind being a stroke behind because you’ll be able to enjoy this platter of so many favorites: boneless wings, chicken fingers, fried pickles, mozzarella sticks, jalapeño poppers, popcorn shrimp and fries.
In addition to favorites like chicken quesadilla, crispy chicken tenders, chicken salad and hot ham (or turkey) and cheese sandwiches, you can also choose from among duo dogs (two grilled all-beef hot dogs served as you like it), mozzarella sticks, popcorn shrimp, and bacon and cheese fries.
A popular offering at The Cookhouse is chicken wings two ways — traditional or boneless. The Cookhouse suggests “making them saucy” with either mild, medium, hot, buffalo, barbecue or the very interesting sounding garlic parmesan. If you dine Wednesday through Sundays from 2-4 p.m., you’ll have the pleasure of “all you can eat boneless wings.”
But what if you and your buds are heading to tee off and just want to grab some good grub on the way? The Cookhouse has you covered.
Using a “Gold Outing Menu,” The Cookhouse provides several different options, including that famous burger and those fabulous hot dogs, accompanied by chips and a cookie. The chicken salad and deli sandwiches (choose from croissants, different kinds of breads or a flour tortilla) filled with ham, turkey, cheese, lettuce, tomato, onion and pickle, also come with chips. And yes, all come with a cookie, too.
But that’s not all: You can also choose from pulled pork sandwiches or chicken wings. There is even a sampler plate to-go of fried boneless wings, mozzarella sticks, jalapeño poppers, chicken fingers, popcorn shrimp, pickle chips and fries. (May we kindly suggest you bring moist towelettes with you if you choose this offer.)
The Cookhouse also includes sides of baked beans, macaroni salad, coleslaw, fresh fruit platters or a vegetable platter to go with its meals. Desserts on its menu include cheesecake, chocolate brownies and garden salads.
Pricing on the golf menu is per person and does not include sales tax or gratuity.
The Cookhouse, located at 185 Buck Van Huss Dr., is open Wednesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. It is closed Mondays and Tuesdays.
Check out the club on social media, where you’ll find access to monthly specials. June’s included combo offerings and sample specials.
The Cookhouse also serves private-party catering. Make a reservation or call in your to-go order by calling (423)-518-1221.
Chef Maynerd Little might just be the one who answers the phone.

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