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 Dinner at Hill Country (with pics)

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billyboy

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Dinner at Hill Country (with pics) Mon, 02/11/08 1:44 AM (permalink)
I met my buddy Trey there last night for dinner. He's a transplanted South Carolinian and loves his 'que. We'd been here once before and really liked it. Upon walking in, we found the place was jammed with people. They told us the wait would be 30-45 minutes, but it ballooned to 2 hours! A lot of people were very angry and I think the guy ahead of us made the hostess cry. They did bring out some jalapeno & cheddar sausage bites for the masses, which helped smooth things over. They probably should have done that sooner, but a nice gesture nonetheless. They also offer free shots every hour for anyone waiting in the bar area. I passed as I had to work later. We were seated downstairs and listened to a really good Texas band play while we ate. The stage area really reminded me of Bob's Country Bunker from the Blues Brothers (sans chicken wire)! On to the food:
I had a 1/3 lb of "lean" brisket, a jalapeno sausage ring and 2 pork spareribs with white bread. I initially asked for a bone-in pork chop at $18 per lb. I had hoped I coule get a 1/4 or 1/2 lb cut, but I guess they couldn't cut it that way. The cut he gave me was pretty big and came out to $21 which I refused. I just couldn't see dropping that much money for a pork chop. Maybe another day if I'm feeling frivolous. Honestly, I think the lean brisket is pretty moist with just a bit of fat still on it after smoking and it had a wicked smoke flavor, a nice crust and a good smoke ring. This was perfect on its own and I took my time savoring it. The sausage ring was great as always, but I'm still not tasting the cheese. It's very beefy and spicy and I cut it up and dragged it through the house BBQ sauce which I think complements it perfectly. The sauce is tomatoey and vinegary at once with a sweet, slightly peppery flavor to it. The counterman only charged me for one rib, which I thought was nice. Unfortunately, I'm still not a fan of the pork ribs. Too chewy for my liking, but the smoke and pepper rub flavor is right on the money. Trey had the half Market Chicken (smoked) with green bean casserole, corn pudding and cornbread and he didn't speak much, a good sign.

I picked up some vinegar cucumber salad and hot German Potato salad as my sides. Both were excellent. I've always liked the palate cleansing quality of the cucumbers and the potato salad a great combo of vinegar and bacon. A couple of slices of white bread to mop up the sauce of my butcher paper and I was good to go. Even though it can get a bit pricey and the wait was crazy on this night, I really do love this place.


 
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    ellen4641

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    RE: Dinner at Hill Country (with pics) Mon, 02/11/08 2:00 AM (permalink)
    Your brisket looks perfect, Billyboy! (just the way I like it!)

    I had thought about going there last week while I was in NYC, but got too caught up with my pastrami and burgers...
     
    #2
      The Travelin Man

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      RE: Dinner at Hill Country (with pics) Mon, 02/11/08 3:31 AM (permalink)
      I really like Hill Country, too. Have they been able to improve the bread at all? The last time I was there, it was flat-out stale. I have read some of the mixed reviews that others (mostly on other sites) have about this place, and one of the things that continually gets the place reamed is the bread. I have no delusions about the expensive nature of the BBQ requiring some artisan bread - but, it should, at the very least, get you some fresh white bread.

      They also need to figure out how to get Shiner beer. Lone Star just doesn't cut it!
       
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        leethebard

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        RE: Dinner at Hill Country (with pics) Mon, 02/11/08 5:17 AM (permalink)
        Thanks for sharing.Brisket looks superb!!!! Cucumber salad....ah now there's something I love.
         
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          John A

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          RE: Dinner at Hill Country (with pics) Mon, 02/11/08 9:31 AM (permalink)
          Nice job again Billy. Sounds, and looks like they are not smoking those pork ribs long enough and maybe at too high a temperature. I'm surprised they are not using baby backs
           
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            ann peeples

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            RE: Dinner at Hill Country (with pics) Mon, 02/11/08 10:31 AM (permalink)
            Wow, great pictures!!
             
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              euclid

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              RE: Dinner at Hill Country (with pics) Mon, 02/11/08 11:47 AM (permalink)
              Where is this place?
               
              #7
                Sundancer7

                RE: Dinner at Hill Country (with pics) Mon, 02/11/08 12:41 PM (permalink)
                quote:
                Originally posted by euclid

                Where is this place?


                I agree. Must be someplace in Texas????

                Paul E. Smith
                Knoxville, TN
                 
                #8
                  wheregreggeats.com

                  RE: Dinner at Hill Country (with pics) Mon, 02/11/08 3:41 PM (permalink)
                  Sure looks good, wherever it is.
                   
                  #9
                    brisketboy

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                    RE: Dinner at Hill Country (with pics) Mon, 02/11/08 3:46 PM (permalink)
                    I'd kinda like to know where it is too. I live in Georgetown Tx (Hill Country) and I don't remember hearing of it. It kinda reminds me of the County Line what with the 2 hour wait. Can't be there cause of the butcher paper. The que looks really good.
                     
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                      brisketboy

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                      RE: Dinner at Hill Country (with pics) Mon, 02/11/08 3:48 PM (permalink)
                      Reread some of the earlier replys, if that's in NYC it's pretty good lookin que.
                       
                      #11
                        wheregreggeats.com

                        RE: Dinner at Hill Country (with pics) Mon, 02/11/08 3:49 PM (permalink)
                        In unison: "NEW YORK CITY !?!"

                        http://www.hillcountryny.com/home.php
                         
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                          brisketboy

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                          RE: Dinner at Hill Country (with pics) Mon, 02/11/08 3:56 PM (permalink)
                          OK I give...it's NYC. Can't beleive they can cook que up there. I stand corrected.
                           
                          #13
                            billyboy

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                            RE: Dinner at Hill Country (with pics) Mon, 02/11/08 4:00 PM (permalink)
                            It's on 26th Street between 5th and 6th Avenues in NYC. I wrote up a review for it here not too long ago. I'd put it here, but I'm not sure how to paste the link into this thread. Travelin Man-the read was pretty good and I used to to pick up some of the sausage link I had cut into discs and dredge thru the BBQ sauce, kinda like a mini sausage slider bite. Very tasty!


                            http://www.roadfood.com/Reviews/Overview.aspx?RefID=5041
                            link added by moderator...hope that is okay!
                             
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                              Pigiron

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                              RE: Dinner at Hill Country (with pics) Mon, 02/11/08 4:04 PM (permalink)
                              Hill Country is outstanding. I actually avoid walking on 26th street because I would be too tempted to eat those ribs every day. Of course, by avoiding Hill Country, I must pass the Shake Shack, but the long lines are enough to keep me away.
                               
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                                signman

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                                RE: Dinner at Hill Country (with pics) Sat, 02/16/08 1:53 AM (permalink)
                                That brisket just looks awesome. As good as Kreuz. Can't believe I haven't gotten there yet.
                                 
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                                  BR

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                                  RE: Dinner at Hill Country (with pics) Tue, 02/19/08 11:50 PM (permalink)
                                  That's a Great looking Texas spread!
                                   
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                                    brisketboy

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                                    RE: Dinner at Hill Country (with pics) Wed, 02/20/08 12:03 AM (permalink)
                                    As good as Kreuz, now you're blowin' smoke. Gimme a break.
                                     
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