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“Classic Texas 'cue” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Coopers BBQ

Coopers BBQ
505 W Dallas St, Llano, TX 78643
325-247-5713
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Ranked #2 of 27 Restaurants in Llano
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: Barbecue
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Takeout
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Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Takeout
Austin, Texas
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44 reviews 44 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 26 cities Reviews in 26 cities
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
“Classic Texas 'cue”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2013

Health food it ain't. I undid about 3 weeks of righteous eating in 30 minutes at Coopers. Go ahead and buy that bigger pair of pants right now.

With that disclaimer in mind... the experience itself if worth the trip. First you order your meat at the big outdoor pit. They'll cut the slice to your selection. Want sauce with that? If yes, they just dunk it in the sauce, and slap it on a tray. Then you go inside, the meats you selected are wrapped and priced, and you go through the line for your fixin's.

Yes, my cut of brisket was heavily marbled. But the fat made it decadently tender and full of flavor. Sure, the meat is priced by the pound and it is not cheap. The BBQ sauce has a vinegar base, which complements the meat quite well. Sides are good.. not outta this world, but basic good potato salad, sliced onions, big dill pickles and beans. Yes, the bread is plain white Mrs. Bairds. So why did I walk away happy?

There's something intangible which made this a special experience... something comfortingly good about the enticing aroma of pit smoke, the friendly, no-frills presentation, and savoring our meals served up on butcher paper at a communal table with a cold ice tea. It was a rare rainy day when we had lunch here, which no doubt improved our happiness and sense of adventure.

This is just a classic, down home Texas barbecue joint and for us it was well worth the price of admission.

You might want to bring a cooler to pack home your leftovers.

Visited April 2013
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English first
Senior Contributor
29 reviews 29 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
“Great BBQ”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2013

This is a no-frills BBQ eatery with great food...eat with the locals...best place in town. This place was recommended to me by a fellow traveler on my flight from Dallas to Killeen. On that recommendation I had my eye out for it while driving, and almost passed it by. It's the real deal...Texas BBQ at it's best! Being from Los Angeles, when I entered, I felt a bit like a fish out of water here in this small town in the middle of Texas, but I was greeted well by all, and the food was superb.

Visited April 2012
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Austin, Texas
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7 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
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“Pork chop for 5 people”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2013

Know how much you can eat before you go here! We got 1 pork chop for 5 people and a few pieces of sausage and one corn for each. More than enough for us. The dining area setup is unusual and absolutely no frills. Just look around at what others are doing and do the same. Get enough white paper placemats and small styrofoam bowls to share what you got that needs them. Help yourself to everything else. They do close fairly early. Blackberry cobbler was very good!

  • Visited March 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Killeen, Texas
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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
“Worth the trip!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2013

We drove two hours just to eat at Coopers. Although this was by far not our our first time to eat there, we were glad we made the trip. The brisket was so flavorful and moist, we ate it without any sauce at all. The chicken was yummy, too! We go to Llano several times a year just for the BBQ.

  • Visited March 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Lubbock, Texas
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“YUM!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2013

Good BBQ! We had Pork Ribs, Brisket, Sausage, Mac N Cheese, Beans, and Pecan Cobbler. Every thing was delicious, the only thing I didn't like about the place was the sauce they use. It's a vinegar based sauce and that's just not my thing, but everything else was great. You definitely need to try it!

  • Visited March 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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