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17365 Cool Springs Rd, Cleveland, NC 27013-8854
+1 704-278-1619
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  • Excellent34%
  • Very good38%
  • Average16%
  • Poor9%
  • Terrible3%
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“bbq chicken” (7 reviews)
“baked beans” (6 reviews)
“vinegar slaw” (2 reviews)
American, Barbecue
17365 Cool Springs Rd, Cleveland, NC 27013-8854
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This place has been on my bucket list since I started working in Statesville 9 years ago. Finally got around to trying it or should I say, tried to try it last week. I'm a BBQ fan. This place has gotten high marks on the...More

Reviewed 3 November 2017 via mobile

This place has been around along time and they do chicken right. This bbq chicken is done differently than any I have before. It is a small and nothing fancy but always friendly and always good. If you are in the area it is a...More

Thank anderson70
Reviewed 8 October 2017

We have a friend who has been telling us about this place, so we stopped for lunch and were delighted we did so. Many people seem to make out like Keaton's is hard to find and all, but it is only about 5 minutes off...More

Thank Pat D
Reviewed 3 October 2017

About 15 miles east of Statesville on I40 and then a few miles south of I40 on a back road that goes towards Cleveland, NC you will find Keaton's Barbecue. Specializes in fried chicken that is then dipped in a spicy BBQ sauce. Sides include...More

Thank tkent1234
Reviewed 3 October 2017

I've eaten at Keaton's for over 30 years but never given a review. Absolutely the best chicken served simply on a paper plate with a soft hamburger bun. Get two bottles Cheerwine to wash it all down and you are set!

1  Thank Jeff E
Reviewed 13 September 2017 via mobile

Eddie Z here again.When my wife and I went to mrs. Wilkes in Savannah for the highly rated fried chicken and all those sides,we were not too impressed.Prior to going there,we stopped at a local grocery store and after walking passed the chicken counter and...More

Thank Ed Z
Reviewed 18 August 2017

I was with a group of 14. Our leader called ahead to let them know we were coming since it is small. As we drove up to this restaurant which is out in the country with no other buildings near, it was a step back...More

Thank Jim R
Reviewed 17 August 2017

The ultimate deep fried chicken in the USA. The menu is simple, the decor is eclectic, and the service is quick and efficient. DELICIOUS!!

Thank MartinReavis
Reviewed 1 August 2017

I seen this bbq had good reviews on trip advisor, so we made a special stop, it was 7pm, both website, signage and door state open till 8pm, the doors were locked, my husband hollared in the window at the kitchen and the guy said...More

Thank Woltmannfamily
Reviewed 14 July 2017 via mobile

Unique and tasty, a change from your ordinary chicken! This family recipe never fails to delight the taste buds.

Thank D'Lea M
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 17365 Cool Springs Rd, Cleveland, NC 27013-8854
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  Cleveland
  • Phone Number: +1 704-278-1619
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