All of the meats at Coop’s are “Texas-true and Texas-approved,” thanks to owner Brad Cooper’s family recipe. The Lemon Grove barbecue joint is insanely popular with locals and national media, and for good reason. The meats are slow-cooked over a fire made with mesquite and oak wood. Barbecue sauce is optional—it's not at all required to enjoy the delectable brisket or jerk chicken. Stop in across the parking lot at Da Chicken Coop, their sister restaurant, and grab some of San Diego’s tastiest fried chicken, catfish, and whiting while you’re at it.
How to order: A few outdoor tables are available on a first-come basis, but your best bet is to order for takeout by calling 619-589-0478.
It’s a terrible dilemma that you’ll face every time you drive into the parking lot at Brad “Coop” Cooper’s restaurants—do you want melt-in-your-mouth slabs of brisket and Texas-style, dino-sized beef ribs from Coops West Texas BBQ, or tender, buttermilk-dredged, crispy fried chicken, catfish, and whiting with screaming-hot fries and fried okra from Da Chicken Coop? Why choose? They’re literally steps from each other and you’ll thank us the next day when you spy those leftover chicken wings in the fridge. Delivery is a tad more complicated if you’re ordering from both, as third-party services treat them separately.
How to order: Stop in or call 619-589-0478 (Coop’s West) or 619-460-0837 (Da Chicken Coop) for pickup or check their website for third party delivery options.