Coop’s BBQ, our favorite barbeque joint in San Diego, recently opened a second location. Unfortunately for DH and I, the second location is in Chula Vista, which is not any closer to us than their original Lemon Grove location.
Nonetheless, we were curious. We were craving Coop’s smoked brisket and ribs the other day, so DH made the trip to Chula Vista to pick up our take-out order. I armed him with one of my cameras so he could take photos of the new spot.
Triple Threat Plate (Homemade Sausage, Hot Links, Pulled Pork)
DH and I have a habit of getting the same thing every time we come, so I decided we needed to try some other menu items. I enjoyed the homemade sausage the most from this trio. The pulled pork chunks were a little big and didn’t have too much flavor. The hot links were like typical hot links.
We were hoping to try the mac n cheese side, but it’s only available on Saturdays. So for our sides we got the corned bread and potato salad. They wrapped the corn bread separately and generously gave us an extra scoop of their red beans and rice to fill the other side section.
Of course, after making the drive down, we had to get our favorites as well:
We really love the brisket here. Thick slices, with the salty smoky flavor apparent in every bite. We usually get this by the pound.
We always get a 1/2 slab of pork ribs and love that it includes rib tips. One of these days we’ll try out the beef ribs, but so far we just can’t give up the pork ones.
Red beans and rice
This remains my favorite side here. The beans and rice are cooked with chunks of brisket, adding a bit of smokiness to the rice and beans. Delicious
We both love pie, so we can never resist getting a few slices. Each slice is quite generous of a serving. The buttermilk one is very subtle and tastes a little bit like a custard pie.
Sweet Potato Pie
We did notice that the quality of the food overall here wasn’t as great as our experiences at Lemon Grove. I think a lot of it probably has to do with them still working out the kinks. The ribs were a bit on the dry side and didn’t have as much smoky flavor as we are used to on this visit.
We’re glad to see Coop’s doing so well and expanding. We will probably stick to the Lemon Grove location though because it is slightly closer and the food quality more consistent.
One big note: the GPS and google maps does not take you to the right location. Coop’s is located next to Atlantis Laser Tag. The building still says “Center Cut,” with the Coop’s sign in the windows.
For another review, check out CC’s post here.
Chula Vista, CA 91910