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Hill Country Cupboard

Highway 281, Johnson City, TX - (830) 868-4625
Texas Hill Country is where some of the best chicken-fried steaks are made and served; so to make such a claim of primacy in this neighborhood is quite a boast. But we would put the Hill Country Cupboard’s steak right up there among the very best.
77% Approval Rating (18 votes)

Scorecard

4 - Overall: One of the Best - Worth a Trip
Overall: One of the Best - Worth a Trip
barbecued sausage
Green Beans
German Sausage Dinner
Pie
chicken fried steak
Mashed Potatoes
Mushroom Swiss Catfish
Scrambled Eggs

Highlighted Reviews

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Michael Stern - Photos (4)
Roadfood.com Editor
"Like Diogenes searching for an honest man, we are always on the lookout for the perfect chicken-fried steak. We’ve found many excellent ones (and too many mediocre ones), but one of the finest anywhere is served at the Hill Country Cupboard in Johnson City, Texas. This ..."   [Read More]
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Angie Etheredge
September 30, 2007
"The Hill Country Cupboard is a quaint cafe on Hwy 281 in Johnson City, TX. This place definitely offers you a slice of local life with local advertisers printed on the tables and locals working the tables. We were drawn by the statement that they had "the best ..."   [Read More]
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Carl Unler
March 24, 2007
"I visited the Hill Country Cupboard during a tornado-plagued afternoon, after visiting the LBJ boyhood home located just a few blocks away. The setup of the restaurant was kind of cool; one side is a big barn-type thing, the other a gift shop/bar where locals were ..."   [Read More]
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Carol Bayer - Photos (2)
April 23, 2013
"Hill Country Cupboard serves one of the best chicken-fried steaks I have ever had, perfectly breaded and cooked and served with delicious green beans (cooked with bacon) and just OK mashed potatoes. The gravy could use a little more flavor, but it complements the meat ..."   [Read More]

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Map & Web Site

Highway 281, Johnson City, TX
(830) 868-4625

https://www.facebook.com/HillCountryCupboard

Hours & Policies

Seasons:Open Year Round
Meals Served:Breakfast, Lunch
Operational Hours:Always Call Ahead!
Credit Cards Accepted:No
Alcohol Served:Yes
Outdoor Seating:No
Reservations Accepted:No
Delivery Available:No
Takeout Counters:No

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Carol Bayer





The portion of mashed potatoes looks small only because the steak is so huge.  This is an unusual photo because there is no gravy on the steak or on the potatoes.  We asked for gravy on the side, so as to study the crust before pouring it on.  It is a lovely, crunchy, delicious crust!
"The portion of mashed potatoes looks small only because the steak is so huge. This is an unusual photo because there is no gravy on the steak or on the potatoes. We asked for gravy on the side, so as to study the crust before pouring it on. It is a lovely, crunchy, delicious crust!"
Michael Stern


If you enjoy custard pies, Hill Country Cupboard's slightly tart buttermilk pie is worth seeking out.
"If you enjoy custard pies, Hill Country Cupboard's slightly tart buttermilk pie is worth seeking out."
Cliff Strutz


Sausage, beef brisket, and turkey, sided by beans on the left and sauce on the right, with pickles and onion to refresh the palate.
"Sausage, beef brisket, and turkey, sided by beans on the left and sauce on the right, with pickles and onion to refresh the palate."
Michael Stern


This is not a trick photo.  Hill Country Cupboard serves its tea in giant-size glasses.
"This is not a trick photo. Hill Country Cupboard serves its tea in giant-size glasses."
Michael Stern


Nearly 3 dozen sold!
"Nearly 3 dozen sold!"
Carol Bayer


The Hill Country Cupboard is in Johnson City, named not for its famous son, L.B.J., but for James Polk Johnson some time late in the 19th century. It is said that LBJ preferred chili to chicken-fried steak.
"The Hill Country Cupboard is in Johnson City, named not for its famous son, L.B.J., but for James Polk Johnson some time late in the 19th century. It is said that LBJ preferred chili to chicken-fried steak."
Michael Stern


This is the large CFS with their special Mexican sauce on the side.
"This is the large CFS with their special Mexican sauce on the side."
Bob Dale



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