Cooper's Bbq & Catering

★★★★☆
  • 109 E Davie St

    Raleigh, NC 27601

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  • 919-832-7614

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Mon-Sat 10am-6pm ; Sun Closed

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Use to eat here for lunch a lot. Their fried chicken is the best ever. Tasty fries, coleslaw and hushpuppies rounded out a meal to die for. MY BBQ friends swear the BBQ is great, I will have to take their word for it. Delicious sweet tea, great service and delightful old 1920's building with a ramshackle decor completes the experience.

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★★★★★

Use to eat here for lunch a lot. Their fried chicken is the best ever. Tasty fries, coleslaw and hushpuppies rounded out a meal to die for. MY BBQ friends swear the BBQ is great, I will have to take their word for it. Delicious sweet tea, great service and delightful old 1920's building with a ramshackle decor completes the experience.

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Even though I live on the Outer Banks of NC, and moved from Raleigh over 20 years ago, I have been able to stop by Cooper's and get some ""BBQ to go"" throughout this time. I read the reviews before I left to go to Raleigh last weekend. I thought the bad reviews were written by someone who did not know what they were talking about. After buying 2 lbs. of coarse to go, spending almost $20, (no credit cards, no checks, just cash) according to the man with no social graces whatsoever behind the cash register, I could not wait to make a sandwich. Major disappointment! Whatever I got that they call BBQ, and have the nerve to say it is Cooper's BBQ are nuts! This was worthless and the waitress, who was nice, said that somebody bought it out 3 years ago. I wish I had paid more attention to the poor reviews before I wasted my money. Pathetic. Don't waste your time or money to find a parking space downtown to get that BBQ, unless you have never had Cooper's, so you would not know the difference anyway. And those who think that this is good BBQ and gave this place a good review, well, your taste is questionable.

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★☆☆☆☆

Even though I live on the Outer Banks of NC, and moved from Raleigh over 20 years ago, I have been able to stop by Cooper's and get some ""BBQ to go"" throughout this time. I read the reviews before I left to go to Raleigh last weekend. I thought the bad reviews were written by someone who did not know what they were talking about. After buying 2 lbs. of coarse to go, spending almost $20, (no credit cards, no checks, just cash) according to the man with no social graces whatsoever behind the cash register, I could not wait to make a sandwich. Major disappointment! Whatever I got that they call BBQ, and have the nerve to say it is Cooper's BBQ are nuts! This was worthless and the waitress, who was nice, said that somebody bought it out 3 years ago. I wish I had paid more attention to the poor reviews before I wasted my money. Pathetic. Don't waste your time or money to find a parking space downtown to get that BBQ, unless you have never had Cooper's, so you would not know the difference anyway. And those who think that this is good BBQ and gave this place a good review, well, your taste is questionable.

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this food is the BEST. it's clean bbq, the taste\r
is fresh. you can get 3 types of bbq, chopped\r
sliced and coarse. ALL are so good! try the\r
fried chicken, just like mom's!!! ribs are good too. it's an old building with a lot of history on the inside. look at all the old pictures NOT to mention all the AWARDS Cooper's have received for their great tasting bbq.\r
Mr. Cooper would be proud if he could see\r
how the new owners want it to be just like he\r
had it. \r
their people there are witty, always a good\r
time. sit, eat and listen. if you want great\r
clean southeastern style bbq, and home cookin veggies - you'll love\r
COOPER'S!!!!\r
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love where the locals eat!\r
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★★★★★

this food is the BEST. it's clean bbq, the taste\r
is fresh. you can get 3 types of bbq, chopped\r
sliced and coarse. ALL are so good! try the\r
fried chicken, just like mom's!!! ribs are good too. it's an old building with a lot of history on the inside. look at all the old pictures NOT to mention all the AWARDS Cooper's have received for their great tasting bbq.\r
Mr. Cooper would be proud if he could see\r
how the new owners want it to be just like he\r
had it. \r
their people there are witty, always a good\r
time. sit, eat and listen. if you want great\r
clean southeastern style bbq, and home cookin veggies - you'll love\r
COOPER'S!!!!\r
\r
love where the locals eat!\r
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Pros: clean bbq, fried chicken & ribs etc.

Cons: really busy during lunch

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Clyde Cooper's catered my wedding and it was a blast. The food was excellent and the price allowed me to invite my entire guest list.

We picked this joint because we had several personal recommendations from just about everyone we knew in the area. The word of mouth definitely had it right as we got exactly what we were looking for with a southern BBQ reception.

Only down side- the driver called about 5 mins before the ceremony trying to get directions. A bit stressful for my groom.

5
★★★★★

Clyde Cooper's catered my wedding and it was a blast. The food was excellent and the price allowed me to invite my entire guest list.

We picked this joint because we had several personal recommendations from just about everyone we knew in the area. The word of mouth definitely had it right as we got exactly what we were looking for with a southern BBQ reception.

Only down side- the driver called about 5 mins before the ceremony trying to get directions. A bit stressful for my groom.

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As someone who is from Lexington, NC I have to admit that I came to this site looking for a good BBQ restaurant. I seen Cooper's and I believed all these reviews but in all honesty it was terrible. The chopped BBQ was bland, dry, and basically minced. The brunswick stew was weird and probably from a can. The best part was the hush puppies and pork skins who were lukewarm and chewy.\r
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The service was the worst I have ever had in any restaurant I have ever been. The waitress dropped the food off and that was it. Forget about getting a refill or asking for anything because there was no service and I have to admit that I was shocked that a restaurant with this many good reviews would be so horrible. When I paid for my food at the counter I asked the OWNER if I could get a refill. The OWNER then yells to his wife across the restaurant to get me a refill but she yelled back that she was filling an order and would get back to me. I waited for 5 awkward minutes waiting for a refill and I didn't get one. If the owner who sat there and looked at me the whole time I waited for my drink was too lazy to do it himself than I will I can promise I will never go back. Don't be fooled by the other reviews!

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★☆☆☆☆

As someone who is from Lexington, NC I have to admit that I came to this site looking for a good BBQ restaurant. I seen Cooper's and I believed all these reviews but in all honesty it was terrible. The chopped BBQ was bland, dry, and basically minced. The brunswick stew was weird and probably from a can. The best part was the hush puppies and pork skins who were lukewarm and chewy.\r
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The service was the worst I have ever had in any restaurant I have ever been. The waitress dropped the food off and that was it. Forget about getting a refill or asking for anything because there was no service and I have to admit that I was shocked that a restaurant with this many good reviews would be so horrible. When I paid for my food at the counter I asked the OWNER if I could get a refill. The OWNER then yells to his wife across the restaurant to get me a refill but she yelled back that she was filling an order and would get back to me. I waited for 5 awkward minutes waiting for a refill and I didn't get one. If the owner who sat there and looked at me the whole time I waited for my drink was too lazy to do it himself than I will I can promise I will never go back. Don't be fooled by the other reviews!

Pros: Nothing

Cons: Everything is terrible and has terrible service. Even the OWNER is lazy!!!

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I love this restaurant. It is "well loved" however. If that bothers you, you probably don't want to go. The tables, chairs, floors are worn...but I love the pictures they have up. The BBQ is awesome, and the hush puppies are excellent. I took my whole family from Indiana and they absolutely loved it. My brother and his wife travel a lot and eat amazing food, and they insisted that I take my parents when they came later in the month.Hours are limited since it is downtown. I think it must be primarily a lunch place for people who work downtown.

5
★★★★★

I love this restaurant. It is "well loved" however. If that bothers you, you probably don't want to go. The tables, chairs, floors are worn...but I love the pictures they have up. The BBQ is awesome, and the hush puppies are excellent. I took my whole family from Indiana and they absolutely loved it. My brother and his wife travel a lot and eat amazing food, and they insisted that I take my parents when they came later in the month.Hours are limited since it is downtown. I think it must be primarily a lunch place for people who work downtown.

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First the disclaimers.... I am a Yankee, I am not an expert with BBQ. But, I am a CIA grad, have been in the food business for over 20 years and manage a very upscale Long Island country club with a serious, top notch chef. I have a smoker at home and am learning authentic, 10 hours on the smoker BBQ. In other words, I am a food educated Yankee.\r
My daughter just started at NC State and Dad (me) was planning his first visit. Foodie that I am, I did my research and was on a mission to go to Clydes.\r
Oh my god, what good BBQ! I had the BBQ and ribs combo with collard greens, corn and butter beans, hush puppies, pork skins and sweet tea. What a treat. I enjoyed every bite. \r
The BBQ was like nothing that this food educated Yankee had ever tasted. It was sweet, with a touch of sauce and a subtle, pork skin flavor. Tender does not even come close to describing the soft texture of the finely diced pork shoulder. The ribs were awesome. Nothing even close to any other rib that I have ever had. Fall off the bone tender but full of flavor and a mild, crispy crust. I was smacking my Yankee culinary lips.\r
Needless to say, my next trip to see my daughter is going to include Clydes. I would highly recommend it.

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★★★★★

First the disclaimers.... I am a Yankee, I am not an expert with BBQ. But, I am a CIA grad, have been in the food business for over 20 years and manage a very upscale Long Island country club with a serious, top notch chef. I have a smoker at home and am learning authentic, 10 hours on the smoker BBQ. In other words, I am a food educated Yankee.\r
My daughter just started at NC State and Dad (me) was planning his first visit. Foodie that I am, I did my research and was on a mission to go to Clydes.\r
Oh my god, what good BBQ! I had the BBQ and ribs combo with collard greens, corn and butter beans, hush puppies, pork skins and sweet tea. What a treat. I enjoyed every bite. \r
The BBQ was like nothing that this food educated Yankee had ever tasted. It was sweet, with a touch of sauce and a subtle, pork skin flavor. Tender does not even come close to describing the soft texture of the finely diced pork shoulder. The ribs were awesome. Nothing even close to any other rib that I have ever had. Fall off the bone tender but full of flavor and a mild, crispy crust. I was smacking my Yankee culinary lips.\r
Needless to say, my next trip to see my daughter is going to include Clydes. I would highly recommend it.

Pros: Unbelieveable BBQ

Cons: Very casual. It is what it is.

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For anyone who is expecting sweet/sour red and thick bbq sauce, forget it. This is eastern NC BBQ, which is in a class by itself. It's tender, pulled pork slow cooked in a vinegar based sauce served up with hush puppies and slaw.\r
The food is simple, ample and cheap. It's not fatty...even the collard greens are not cooked in the typical pork fat. Brunswick stew is sweet and rich. Service is friendly, quick and the atmosphere is a charming bit of history with lots of photos of Raleigh and surrounding areas over the past 70 years. \r
If you're expecting a Find Dining Experience, go back to NYC. Coopers is a simple Southern place, and this transplanted Yankee will be happy to return again and again. \r
Friendly, delicious, fast, cheap and generous portions in charming old mid-twentieth century surroundings. What more could you ask for?

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★★★★★

For anyone who is expecting sweet/sour red and thick bbq sauce, forget it. This is eastern NC BBQ, which is in a class by itself. It's tender, pulled pork slow cooked in a vinegar based sauce served up with hush puppies and slaw.\r
The food is simple, ample and cheap. It's not fatty...even the collard greens are not cooked in the typical pork fat. Brunswick stew is sweet and rich. Service is friendly, quick and the atmosphere is a charming bit of history with lots of photos of Raleigh and surrounding areas over the past 70 years. \r
If you're expecting a Find Dining Experience, go back to NYC. Coopers is a simple Southern place, and this transplanted Yankee will be happy to return again and again. \r
Friendly, delicious, fast, cheap and generous portions in charming old mid-twentieth century surroundings. What more could you ask for?

Pros: Good food, fast friendly service, typical Eastern NC BBQ, convenient location

Cons: It ain't the Ritz

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I came to this place with great expectations and found that the food was cold, tasted bland and overall feel of the resturtant was that of a outhouse. Very small and cramped sitting, service was horrible, and dirty. I was sitting in one of very very small 2 top booths with a party of 4. Of course they cram you into these extremely small spaces. When I get up to get out a screw that was out on the seat rips my pants as I am trying to get up. I tell the manager and she was very sarcastic like I am very sorry all the time laughing under her sarcastic caring attitude. \r
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Stay away from this business and dont believe the HYPE.. There is much better barbecue around...Smthfields actually tastes better than this stuff anyways.!!!

0
★☆☆☆☆

I came to this place with great expectations and found that the food was cold, tasted bland and overall feel of the resturtant was that of a outhouse. Very small and cramped sitting, service was horrible, and dirty. I was sitting in one of very very small 2 top booths with a party of 4. Of course they cram you into these extremely small spaces. When I get up to get out a screw that was out on the seat rips my pants as I am trying to get up. I tell the manager and she was very sarcastic like I am very sorry all the time laughing under her sarcastic caring attitude. \r
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Stay away from this business and dont believe the HYPE.. There is much better barbecue around...Smthfields actually tastes better than this stuff anyways.!!!

Cons: Food is bad, and resturant is small and crowded.

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Our family reunion was catered by Cooper's. The server, Mike, was excellent. He was concerned with our needs and even packed to go boxes for us. :) I had to go back for 2nd's, 3rd's & more. haha The barbecue is the best. It is seasoned so well, that you don't even need the sauce. The potatoes, slaw and hush puppies are awesome too!

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★★★★★

Our family reunion was catered by Cooper's. The server, Mike, was excellent. He was concerned with our needs and even packed to go boxes for us. :) I had to go back for 2nd's, 3rd's & more. haha The barbecue is the best. It is seasoned so well, that you don't even need the sauce. The potatoes, slaw and hush puppies are awesome too!

Pros: fresh & tasty

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I frequent Coopers weekly for their lunch special. $3.75 for a bbq sandwich, fries, hush puppies and sweet tea. You can't go wrong with that! My only gripe--parking is hard to find downtown.

2
★★★★★

I frequent Coopers weekly for their lunch special. $3.75 for a bbq sandwich, fries, hush puppies and sweet tea. You can't go wrong with that! My only gripe--parking is hard to find downtown.

Pros: bbq!!, hush puppies, value/price

Cons: parking

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Cooper's Bar B Que is number one. Great, non-greasy bar-b-que, friendly staff, hushpuppies are superb, the slaw is edible, and of course the iced tea. Can't wait to get back there at Christmas. My wife, son (lives in Colorado) will all have lunch together at least once while in Raleigh visiting relatives.

2
★★★★★

Cooper's Bar B Que is number one. Great, non-greasy bar-b-que, friendly staff, hushpuppies are superb, the slaw is edible, and of course the iced tea. Can't wait to get back there at Christmas. My wife, son (lives in Colorado) will all have lunch together at least once while in Raleigh visiting relatives.

Pros: Not greasy, friendly, Great taste

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If you're looking for a real lunch, with out much fuss, you've found the place. Quick in and out, and the food is great.
If if you're looking for frills, you're at the wrong place. But if you're looking for awesome Down East BBQ and good fried chicken, you're at home.

2
★★★★★

If you're looking for a real lunch, with out much fuss, you've found the place. Quick in and out, and the food is great.
If if you're looking for frills, you're at the wrong place. But if you're looking for awesome Down East BBQ and good fried chicken, you're at home.

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Pretty good, but average, NC barbeque. The fried seafood ain't too shabby, neither. The location is very tough if you don't work downtown, though.

2
★★★★☆

Pretty good, but average, NC barbeque. The fried seafood ain't too shabby, neither. The location is very tough if you don't work downtown, though.

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For chopped barbedue, there is none better. I cannot believe someone would even to begin to put a Chain restaurant above ""hometown"".

2
★★★★★

For chopped barbedue, there is none better. I cannot believe someone would even to begin to put a Chain restaurant above ""hometown"".

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The restaurant was clean, waitresses friendly, food was served hot and was delicious. The best fried chicken in the triangle, crisp and moist.

2
★★★★★

The restaurant was clean, waitresses friendly, food was served hot and was delicious. The best fried chicken in the triangle, crisp and moist.

Pros: Inespensive

Cons: parking on street

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Where else can you step back in time and enjoy some great BBQ. Great place to take out. Whole Fried Chicken, 1lb BBQ, 1 Qt. Potato Salad, 1Qt Slaw, 1 doz Hush Puppies for about $20? Their cash register might be stuck in 1955.

2
★★★★★

Where else can you step back in time and enjoy some great BBQ. Great place to take out. Whole Fried Chicken, 1lb BBQ, 1 Qt. Potato Salad, 1Qt Slaw, 1 doz Hush Puppies for about $20? Their cash register might be stuck in 1955.

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I come from NY and moved to NC and I must say the best barbecue in NC is Coopers. It's always fresh and tasty.

2
★★★★★

I come from NY and moved to NC and I must say the best barbecue in NC is Coopers. It's always fresh and tasty.

Pros: great food, good prices, always busy

Cons: parking

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Delicious Barbecue...flavored just right, chicken...barbecued and fried...is out of sight...great service and food priced to meet anyone's budget...Cooper's Barbecue and Catering is the one!

2
★★★★★

Delicious Barbecue...flavored just right, chicken...barbecued and fried...is out of sight...great service and food priced to meet anyone's budget...Cooper's Barbecue and Catering is the one!

Pros: Inexpensive, Great Food, Good Service

Cons: Sometimes Crowded

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Best barbecue and I have eaten a lot. You can sliced and their slaw and hush puppies are the best. Also, the chicken is great. It is not fried and thus is not greasy.

2
★★★★★

Best barbecue and I have eaten a lot. You can sliced and their slaw and hush puppies are the best. Also, the chicken is great. It is not fried and thus is not greasy.

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If you want pulled pork vinegar based BBQ ala eastern NC you have to to Coopers. It's not the most sensational eatery around but it delivers on the name. It's BBQ and it's BBQ done right. I just finished a 1/2 pound and I feel very very good. Not too hot... not to wet... not to tough... just right. Growing up in coastal NC means going to pig pickin' after pig pickin' and this place is a taste from the past.

2
★★★★★

If you want pulled pork vinegar based BBQ ala eastern NC you have to to Coopers. It's not the most sensational eatery around but it delivers on the name. It's BBQ and it's BBQ done right. I just finished a 1/2 pound and I feel very very good. Not too hot... not to wet... not to tough... just right. Growing up in coastal NC means going to pig pickin' after pig pickin' and this place is a taste from the past.

Pros: price, taste, speed

Cons: parking, heartburn, hours

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You can sit at the counter or a booth in this noisy, animated barbeque joint. Get a glimpse into what life used to be like during the old days and check out the photographs lining the wall. There's nothing fancy on the…

 

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