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Clyde Cooper's Barbecue

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A barbecue restaurant

Clyde Cooper's Barbecue has been serving Carolina-style barbecue since 1938 in downtown Raleigh. They slow cook only top lean pork shoulders and hams until they are meltingly tender, mixed with a splash of their own tasty barbecue sauce, and … see full wiki

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1 review about Clyde Cooper's Barbecue

Real barbecue, great atmosphere, perfect experience

  • Oct 29, 2010
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First off, the barbecue.  This is Raleigh, NC and from here down east, "barbecue" means specifically pulled pork, slow roasted in vinegar and spices, no tomato-based sauce to ruin the flavor.   Coopers does that to perfection, and a good juicy fried chicken in a perfect combo platter.  They do have a menu, but the 15 or so times I've eaten there, I only had to look at the menu once:  Barbecue and Fried chicken combo platter, white meat, with boiled potatoes and corn and butter beans (plus pork rinds and hush puppies on the table).

The great atmosphere--Coopers is a little hole in the wall, with a counter and some small 2-person tables on one side, and straight-backed wooden booths on the other.  It is a place where regulars meet and greet.  The wait staff hasn't changed in the 10 years I've been going there, nor has the cash-only policy.  Leave your Mastercard at home; for everything at Coopers its strictly folding money.  It ain't fancy, but its clean, cared for, and treated with respect ((that sounds odd, but I think you know what I mean). 

The perfect experience--While it looks somewhat forlorn in the photo on Yelp, it is just across the street from a large Progress Energy office building, and just down the street an easy walk from Fayetteville Street, Raleigh's main downtown business district and corridor to the historic state capital building and the state office buildings complex, so Coopers is a great place to take business off site.  You'll see everyone from construction workers to state elected officials side by side at the counter or waiting for take out.  Best get there before noon (seating is limited) and start your table, so your regulars can join you through the lunch hour.  And when you check out, pick up some pork rinds to go. 

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October 29, 2010
Nice review Todd. My mouth was watering reading it... a sign of a strong review!
October 29, 2010
Thanks for the review. I'm going to be in the Triangle in June for a wedding, sounds like this needs to be on my list.
October 29, 2010
Thanks for the recommendation. We'll try it!
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