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.
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