Lucy D. Barker 6:13 p.m., May 23
I’m a transplanted Texan who has eaten her share of BBQ from one end of Texas to another and I can tell you that Lemon Grove Avenue is home to some very decent BBQ, something not easily found in San Diego. COOPS has been open less than 2 years but has a big enough following to cause them to need more space in a storefront across the parking lot from their current location.
Friendly Brad Cooper, who hails from Midland, Texas, knows how to smoke meats and there are lots of choices: pork and beef, also chicken, ham, homemade sausage, and hot links. Requisite sides compliment the meats.
I found the sauces and cornbread to be on the sweet side. I suppose that is to go along with the sweet iced tea (no regular iced tea sold). The brisket was my favorite meat (moist and tender) and there are three reasonably priced lunch menus Tuesday through Thursday. First is Rib Tip Tuesday: one pound of rib tips for $9.99, Meat Lover's Wednesday: (a pound of any meat for $9.99, beef ribs excluded) and Pre Payday Meal Thursday ( $2 off any regular priced combo meal including 1/2 slab and whole slab meals.)
For dessert I found the peach cobbler to be cloyingly sweet but both the buttermilk pie and the sweet potato pie are typical of good Texas desserts.
COOPS is small so many people order take out. You are welcome to call in your order or have COOPS cater your next party.
2625 Lemon Grove Avenue Lemon Grove, CA 91945 (619) 589-0478 Tuesday—Friday 11 am—7 pm Saturday & Sunday 11 am—6 pm http://coopsbbq.com
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