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17365 Cool Springs Rd, Cleveland, NC
+1 704-278-1619
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Today
11:00 - 14:00
17:00 - 20:00
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Hours:
Tue - Sat 11:00 - 14:00
Wed - Sat 17:00 - 20:00
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17 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2016 via mobile

This restaurant is literally built around the founders chicken recipe and for a good reason - the chicken is fantastic!

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Thank Tina D
Colorado Springs, Colorado
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222 reviews
152 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 September 2016

Stopped in on a Thursday evening and ordered three mild and one spicy hot halves to go along with two sides of mac-cheese and some spicy slaw. The chicken was well cooked with a spiced skin. The dark meet was fine but we found the white meat a bit dry. The mac-cheese was good as was the spicy "ref" slaw... More 

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Thank MoBBQ
Huntersville, North Carolina
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22 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2016

A friend has been recommending Keaton's for quite a while, but I wasn't able to get there until today. For some of the other reviewers, anytime you're in an "off the beaten path" place like this, always ask what they are famous for. You can't be that old with that "look" without being famous for something. Keaton's is famous for... More 

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Thank jdflanag2016
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9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 August 2016 via mobile

I happened to pass this place and thought it would be a good place to get some BBQ since the sign said Keaton's BBQ. I ordered a BBQ plate and had to pay $1.40 extra for some slaw. Now the red slaw was wonderful but the BBQ was way to spicy. Later I talked to a local that said to... More 

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Thank Jason E
Mocksville, North Carolina
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31 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 June 2016 via mobile

This is the nicest fanciest restaurant you'll ever see. It's a far piece off in the country. But locals will tell you it's good food. Like home cooked food your Grandmother would cook. I can only decided on the Bar B Que Chicken when I go. Because it's good. From mild to hot seasoning. They serve bar b que also.... More 

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Thank Seldomtraveling
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8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 May 2016 via mobile

If you want to try an original take on barbecue chicken this is the place. Ignore everything on the menu EXCEPT the chicken, and red cole slaw, and you will love this place!

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Thank Jim C
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33 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 May 2016

Love some Keaton's BBQ! Little hole in the wall loved by the locals. Ignore the building and the lack of true AC! Your first bite will shadow the lack of ambiance. You will not be disappointing!

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Thank Tanya L
Yadkinville
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51 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2015

Had not been here in 30 years so I took someone who had never been and the chicken is still wonderful. The only complaint I would have is the price

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Thank Amy S
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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171 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 August 2015

Someone who grew up in the area recommended this place. We would have never found it on our own. Their big specialty is fried chicken in a vinegar barbecue sauce. They close at 8 p.m. on Saturday and do not serve alcohol. The building is older, but it has that mom-and-pop charm to it.

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Thank BertDC
Mooresville, North Carolina
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175 reviews
163 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 235 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 April 2015 via mobile

Eddie Z here again.Went to Keaton's yesterday for lunch and a take out chicken for home and still as good as always.Can't say enough about the chicken but still waiting for French fries to be added to menu.Love this place.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    3 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$10
Cuisine
American, Barbecue
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating
Good for
Cheap Eats, Child-friendly
Open Hours
Tuesday
11:00 - 14:00
Wednesday
11:00 - 14:00
17:00 - 20:00
Thursday
11:00 - 14:00
17:00 - 20:00
Friday
11:00 - 14:00
17:00 - 20:00
Saturday
11:00 - 14:00
17:00 - 20:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 17365 Cool Springs Rd, Cleveland, NC
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  Cleveland
  • Phone Number: +1 704-278-1619

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?