Cougar Dave’s is a fun, family-style restaurant on Main Street in Donnelly. They offer great food at affordable prices, a full bar, and local beers on tap.
The restaurant was named for Cougar Dave Lewis, miner, guide, and bounty hunter. He was as wild and free as the mountain, as independent as solitary, and some would say as stubborn and immovable as the peak that bears his name. He lived alone in the center of what is now the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness and played a part in establishing the original Idaho Primitive Area. The Idaho Statesman called him “one of Idaho’s most colorful characters” and numerous articles in newspapers and magazines featured him.