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17365 Cool Springs Rd, Cleveland, NC
+1 704-278-1619
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  • Excellent32%
  • Very good43%
  • Average13%
  • Poor8%
  • Terrible4%
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“chicken” (36 reviews)
“beans” (4 reviews)
“mac cheese” (3 reviews)
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American, Barbecue
17365 Cool Springs Rd, Cleveland, NC
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Reviewed 1 week ago 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
Reviewed 1 week ago

It is really good. The sides are amazing also. It is a whole in the wall place but you will remember it for a while..

Thank Jamie B
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

What does it say when 7 of you are waiting for the doors to open at 10:50am in what feels like the middle of 1950? And the unwritten politeness of who arrived when as you form a remarkable queue of anticipation? That something special will...More

Thank Cinghiale-13624
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Keaton's isn't on the official "Barbeque Trail", but anyone who is serious about experiencing all that NC has to offer in the world of BBQ needs to head to this joint. Five minutes off I-40 between Mocksville and Statesville, Keaton's is a throwback that has...More

Thank whopper007
Reviewed 6 June 2017

I finally was able to eat some food from this place, and I must say, Keaton's chicken does taste better then KFC and Bojangles. But the sides are extra, and the cost can amount quickly. I had the macaroni & cheese and the baked beans....More

Thank Lashonna_G
Reviewed 13 January 2017 via mobile

Winter hours in place. Arrived early at just before 5. Do not be in a hurry. It's not that kind of place. Sold out by 6:30. When it's gone it's gone. Unique place. Good chicken. But be prepared. It's done their way in their time...More

Thank Danny J
Reviewed 24 December 2016

Had been looking forward to Keaton's ever since it was recommended. Multiple people told me ahead of time it would be the best chicken I'd ever eaten. The people in line (there will be a line) told me it would be the best chicken I'd...More

Thank Adam L
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!

Thank Tina D
Reviewed 15 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...More

1  Thank MoBBQ
Reviewed 23 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...More

Thank jdflanag2016
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Restaurant Details

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Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating
Good for
Open Hours
11:00 - 14:00
11:00 - 14:00
17:00 - 20:00
11:00 - 14:00
17:00 - 20:00
11:00 - 14:00
17:00 - 20:00
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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