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American, Barbecue
Lunch, Dinner
Takeout, Seating, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible
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Reviewed June 28, 2020

After a couple of missed opportunities, we finally got takeout and everything was amazing! Definitely will be coming back for more. The peach cobbler was the best I've ever tried.

Date of visit: June 2020
Reviewed December 1, 2019 via mobile

We usually get take-out from Coops, but this time we ate there. Coops BBQ is excellent BBQ with generous portions. The only reason I’m not giving a 5 star is because the seating is so limited due to it being TINY. And I have to...say that the staff could be friendlier. They don’t smile or even say hello. But we ate there a lot because the food is so good.More

Date of visit: July 2019
Reviewed November 21, 2019

This is the only BBQ in San Diego that deserves to even use the name BBQ. Where have you been all my life.! The iced tea is the best tea in San Diego. For those of you who have a sweet tooth dont miss the...peach cobbler. The brisket had a beautiful smoke ring. They have 3 sauces to put on your meat on the table. Rib tips were super juicy. The bean have peach in them, gives them a great aftertaste. I can go on about this place, but I have to eat my leftovers. Just try this place you won't regret it. This is definitely one of San Diego top restaurants and food experience that we have in my hometown. A must try if your here on vacation or if you have company in town. Great job coopsMore

Date of visit: February 2019
Reviewed August 7, 2019

Small restaurant, very busy, go early to avoid sellout, food is great, be sure to try the sweetpotato pies!!

Date of visit: May 2019
Reviewed May 22, 2019 via mobile

We were having a gathering and did not want anyone to cook. Everyone agreed that bbq sounded like a perfect solution. Having the gathering in Lemon Grove where I grew up, I did a Yelp search to see our options. We were not disappointed!We ordered...briscut, chicken and pulled pork. Each of our choices had a great smoke, and was juicy and a crowd pleaser! We had already made our sides and I wish we had not! I really wanted fried okra and sweet potato pie...we will be back!More

Date of visit: May 2019
Reviewed April 22, 2019 via mobile

I bet you didn't know that Coop's is the national tamale champion in San Diego. Oh yes, Coop's creativity for a smoked tamale was ingenius. Unfortunately, you cannot purchase tamales at the restaurant. Especially prepared for festivals only. Coop's is a dive-in, with 3 basic...tables, chairs and 3 booths. Decor ....oh there isn't any. The focus is good eatin'. If you're a local or visitor and are hankering for savory cue, this is your place. Best to travel by car. Lemon Grove is a small City within San Diego. If you're traveling to Sycuan or Viejas or Barona, Coop's is a very good meal stop. Barbecue is flavorful. Homemade sausage is tasty. Sides (yams, potato salad, beans) my faves. If you know how to make or tasted gourmet macaroni and cheese, forego that side here. Brisket is a winner. Pork ribs tender and seasoned. All you need is a little sauce, rather than drowning your food in sauce to compensate for flavor. Sweet potato pie, always most and perfectly sweetened balanced. Peach cobbler-undistinguished. Coop's is pricey. Especially if you are a person that cooks, and barbecues, and actually does the grocery shopping. You do get plenty of food but you kind of get a tinge in the stomach when you pay for a family of four. I love to cue. But the preparation, planning, marinating and all that jazz... leads me to Lemon Grove. Savor each bite.More

Date of visit: February 2019
Reviewed April 13, 2019 via mobile

There are many bbq spots in San Diego, but my top two includes Coops. The bbq is smoked enough that the meat falls off the bone and you put how much bbq sauce you want. The Kit and Kaboodle meal is a great way to...choose 4 types of meats,comes with 2 medium sides and 2 corn bread slices. Drink selection has sweet tea among soda choices as well. The only downside is the restaurant dining area is small inside (about 8 tables that fits 4) and parking is limited.More

Date of visit: April 2019
Reviewed March 22, 2019

I went back to Coops BBQ again as they are one of the best BBQ place in San Diego. They now have a fried chicken place next door so you can get that too. Food is good and the staff is friendly. We liked the...jerk chicken and the ribs.More

Date of visit: March 2019
Reviewed February 5, 2019 via mobile

1. Free Parking and lots of it 2. Very friendly staff and owner 3. HUGE portions. 4. Finger Lickin Good. 5. Very Affordable Prices for BBQ We didn't know what to get so we opted to ask the staff what they recommend and they said...the kaboodle which comes with 4 choices of meat, 2 sides, and 2 pieces of corn bread ($29.99) more than enough to feed 3-4 people. Our meat selection was the pork ribs, rib tips, brisket, and pulled pork. Our sides were potato salad and Cole slaw. Ribs and rib tips was super tender, juicy, smoky, and cooked to perfection so it wouldn't melt off the bone Pulled pork was smoky, juicy, but it is even better with the housemade tangy bbq sauce We drove 103 miles to try this place and it was well worth it!More

Date of visit: February 2019
Reviewed January 16, 2019

I've been going here now and then, because its hard to find good bbq in San Diego. They are not the best, but close by and really hit or miss. Ive had great brisket sandwiches from here, and also had them where there was barely...any meat and filled with bbq covered fat! When I called to complain, they told me it was my fault for not asking for 'lean'. I hope this was the only rude person that works here. I've met Coop and he's very nice and down to earth. They have delicious mac n cheese!.More

Date of visit: November 2018
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