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Hill Country Cupboard

Highway 281, Johnson City, TX - (830) 868-4625
Posted By Carl Unler on 3/24/2007 5:12:00 PM
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 pounding Lone Star.

I ordered the chicken-fried steak with German potatoes and coleslaw. Unfortunately, the food was pretty unimpressive. The steak was very thin; I think I've had better at Denny's. The potatoes had a wicked spice to them, good for the first bite or so, then rapidly verging on inedible. The coleslaw was the biggest disappointment; it tasted like eating a paper bag. KFC coleslaw is way better than this.

All in all a pretty humdrum meal, but at least I didn't gorge myself... but that is the goal, isn't it?

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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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