Friday, June 3, 2011

Hill Country Barbeque Market

Last date I was here: 06/03/2011

Restaurant: Hill Country Barbeque Market (

Location: Gallery Place

Total Rating: 3.75
Food: 4, Price: 3, Service: 3, Ambience: 4, Accessibility: 5

Summary: Another new edition to the restaurant strip along Gallery Place, Hill Country Barbeque Market is a classic Texan barbeque joint with a casual approach to city dining. With other location in NYC, this is the first to pop up in DC. All barbecue is cooked fresh daily on premise in a custom meat-smoking room. The brisket, sausage, ribs and other meats are smoked low and slow over Texas post oak and are served on butcher paper, counter-style by the pound as is traditional in Central Texas. Updated versions of classic Southern sides and sweets are also available. Closest Metro is Gallery Place.

On this lovely early summer evening, we decided to try out this new restaurant. Upon arrival, we were asked if we had reservations which took us back since we figured this was more of a casual place. It was already crowded but were led downstairs to another seating area that featured its own bar and stage. Once seated we were quickly explained "how to order". Basically you are given a paper meal ticket that has the menu. You take the ticket back upstairs with you to the butcher counters to order your meat. They cut and weigh the meat, wrap in butcher paper, mark your ticket, and give back to you on a tray. Next, you go to the "sides" line which is set up cafeteria style. There you can pick cold and/or hot sides. On your way out, be sure to pick up utensils before heading back to your seat. A server comes by your table for drink orders, and then later to clear your trash and pick up your tickets to calculate the bill. Overall, the food was above average compared to other barbeque joints in the city. The dry rub is smoky, spicy, and tangy. A wet sauce can be added (squeeze bottles are at each table). The sides were classic and tasty, but nothing out of this world. All in all, Hill Country is a neat and fun concept, great for groups, and fun to watch live music.  Make easy reservations to Hill Country Barbeque Market on CityEats.

What I ate:

Market Chicken

Longhorn Chedder Macaroni and Cheese

PTL Potato Salad

Skillet Corn Bread

Plus Keith ate:
Beef Brisket Moist

Pork Spare Ribs

Jalapeno Cheese Kreuz Sausage

Hill Country Barbecue Market on Urbanspoon

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