We’re all aware that New York’s got it all. From the melting pot ethnic flavors of Indian, Chinese, and Italian food to the all the delicious diners and good ‘ol American grub. I’m bound and determined to taste it all and with some help of my friends (usually pointing me/us in the right directions or flat out ordering for me), it will be accomplished.
Hearing rave reviews from another friend, we decided to make Hill Country our next stop. This joint located off Broadway and 26th (closer to the west side and 6th Ave) is more of a homage to Texas BBQ restaurant. Something I learned quite quickly from my friend Sam was that BBQ is not the same in every part of the south. You may shaking your head and thinking “duh” but it’s quite an easy aspect to overlook. No my friends, part of the south, be it Texas, Kansas, Tennessee, etc., has its own specialty. (ASK SAM FOR EXAMPLES)
Vegans and vegetarians beware. This post includes some mouth-watering beef, brisket, and pork products.
Tips Before You Saddle’ Up:
* Hostess will request that the entire (or good majority) of the party be present
* Meat portions are sold by the pound (1/4, 1/2, 1, etc)
* Your best (most enjoyable) option would be to order family style
* Each person handed a meal ticket, which is used when you walk up to order
We came as a party of three and just decided to use one ticket to order and split the check that way. If you are so inclined to order individual portions, feel free to use your own meal ticket.
Once seated, the waitress will gather drink orders and deposit mason jars filled with tasty NYC still water. With the large wooden tables, a welcoming and casual feel about, and the smell of BBQ wafting, we were off to a good start.
It was off to the meat station because I had been volunteered to gather the food. Actually, to clarify, I volunteered but immediately regretted the offer as I had to choose between two types of brisket and deal with multiple other first world food problems.
We ended up with 1/2 lb “lean” brisket (solid but a bit dry…possibly tastier with the “moist” aka more fat), 1/4 chicken (chicken only sold by the parts rather than weight), and 4 spare ribs (tasty but a bit chewy…not as good as the ribs my mom makes in the oven but that’s apples to oranges)
~ SIDES & MORE ~
Longhorn cheddar mac & cheese** highly recommend
Bowl of red chili
Confetti cole slaw
Sweet potato bourbon mash
Beer braised cowboy pinto beans
Braised collards w/ bacon** highly recommend
Cool as a cucumber salad
On Tuesdays they offer the unique of opportunity of ordering an entire hog. Not hungry or gutsy enough? Don’t worry, neither am I so there are plenty of other selections.
Monday - All you can eat (5pm-10pm) – $22/pp and $15/kids
Tuesday – Whole Hog & Twang Karaoke (singing starts at 8:30pm)
The Pitmaster ($27) – 1/4 lb “Lean” brisket, 1 pork spare rib, 1 HC hot link, 1/2 chicken, 2 Good Eatin’ sides
Wednesday – Chili rubbed wings – $11/lb
Thursday – Sunday – Short ribs cooked long and slow – $29/lb
Kid’s Menu $7 (although I might try to order this…I could pass for 10, right?) – 1/8 market chicken, Longhorn cheddar mac & cheese or green bean casserole & chocolate chunk cookie
If you are looking for some nighttime activity, check out their live bands that play weekly.
There’s something comforting about having classic old-fashioned bottles of soda. Not a fan of soda? How about a classic cocktail made up in a mason jar?
If you possibly left an inch of space for a sweet treat, look no further than some southern classics. From the famous Texas Blue Bell ice cream to banana pudding, seasonal crisps to a few different cookies and brownies. I even spotted a mega cookie for $2 and while it would have been a steal, I couldn’t fathom eating one more bite. We’ll just have to save dessert for course #1 next trip ;)