The new location is fabulous! The refurbished inside definitely connects modern remodeling and classic sentiment – look closely and you may just find their original awning! History is on the walls and so is a new coat of paint. I won’t give away too many secrets, because if your experience is like mine, after you get seated, you will have plenty of time to take all of this in. Both times that I have been to their new location, I have had to wait around 10 minutes for our waitress to come over for the drink order.
After the drink orders are taken, I still feel the wait for food to arrive is a little long, but it’s hard to complain because you are treated to trays of freshly fried pork rinds and delicious hush puppies.
If you are going for the first time, be ready for some real North Carolina, vinegar-based que! This stuff is for real and if you don’t go easy on the sauce and prepare yourself accordingly, the sour heat may take your breath away and you will definitely want some sauce on the que, which needs some flavor and on some occasions moisture as well.
Their BBQ is odd in texture due to an extremely fine chop so that it comes out looking pre-chewed, similar to canned tuna, and could easily be eaten with a spoon and probably without chewing.
Clyde is missing some pretty clutch side items on the menu, no mashed potatoes, baked beans, mac and cheese, or side salad. They are trying to keep it southern and their southern cole slaw perfectly dressed with mayo and vinegar is more than I could hope for, the collards are very standard and the brunswick stew shouldn’t have many people asking for seconds, and I hope anyone who orders the boiled potatoes is already depressed.
In the end, I gave Clyde Coopers a thumbs down overall, but their Fried Chicken was nearly a saving grace. The skin is great and the chicken is so juicy and flavorful you do not need skin or a sauce to enjoy it (a rare compliment).
I have made banana pudding one time in my life following the instructions on the box and the haphazard mess that I came up with was just as good as Clyde Cooper’s.
This restaurant does seem a bit like a sabotage. Every lunch that I have here, there is at least one person at our table who cannot pay because they do not have cash and unless they want to pay the ATM fees they have to panhandle for cash. I have run into some financial issues with this restaurant over a catering order that has convinced me to never return.