We left for Portland on a Wednesday and we still needed a little bit of lunch for our bellies. Jake and I had both received a buy one get one free coupon for a sandwich at Coop’s West Texas BBQ for our “unbirthday” from iBirthdayClub.com. We misread it and thought it was for a free sandwich, not a BOGO, but either way it turned out fine.
Our lunch! It had been awhile since we’d been back to Coops and we hadn’t tried the sandwiches before. The sandwich deals come with one side plus a piece of cornbread.
[small boy pulled pork sandwich / $7.75]
This was our freebie sandwich and my choice. You can get either pulled pork or brisket for $0.75 cents more. The sauce is served on the side here and the meat really does stand alone. It’s flavorful, juicy, and really tender pulled pork. There’s some pinkness on the edges which shows off it’s smoke ring. The bun was toasted (looked like it was grilled, actually) and was a nice quality bun – they didn’t half ass it on the bread, either!
I added a heap of their smoky sweet BBQ sauce to my sandwich and was in tasty heaven. The BBQ sauce added a nice sweetness and extra boost of flavor to an already good sandwich. Yum!
For my side I picked potato salad. I honestly don’t remember what I thought of it, but I do remember liking the cornbread!
[small boy brisket sandwich / $8.50]
Jake got the brisket sandwich while was piled with lots of meat! It came with raw onions and pickles on the side and once again, no sauce (they let you put on what you want). The brisket was quite tender and flavorful though I did like my pulled pork sandwich more. Jake preferred his brisket sandwich though so it all worked out for us. I love how pretty the smoke ring looks on this meat, though! It’s like a work of art.
Jake got baked beans for his side which he really likes (they put pineapple in their beans for sweetness). I passed on the beans since it’s not something I generally like.
We can never resist the allure of macaroni and cheese and picked up an extra side for us to share. It was creamy and luscious and quite good, actually. Maybe not the bestest we’ve ever had, but much better than some iterations we’ve tried, that’s for sure.
Coops West Texas BBQ serves up some fine, fine BBQ and if you get the chance to try it, please do! There’s so much goodness on their menu it’s hard to go wrong in any choice you make.
Coops West Texas BBQ
2625 Lemon Grove Ave.
Lemon Grove, CA 91945