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Hill Country Cupboard

Highway 281, Johnson City, TX - (830) 868-4625
Posted By Angie Etheredge on 9/30/2007 10:14:00 PM
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 chicken fried steak with over 3 dozen served." My husband found the chicken fried steak to be very tender, but the gravy was way too bland and needed much help from the salt and pepper shakers. I had the German platter which I found delicious. There was just enough vinegar/sugar kick in the warm German potato salad and the red cabbage. The German sausage had just enough spice.

The service was quite lousy; maybe they were short a hand that day? First, we waited nearly 40 minutes for any food to arrive. When finally it did, my daughter got french fries instead of the mashed potatoes that she ordered. The waitress said she would get some, but never did. My daughter also wanted the dish of ice cream that came with her meal, but after two attempts to get it, I just had her switch to the other option, a cookie. If you have extra time and do not mind the long wait, stop in, otherwise you might do better somewhere else.

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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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