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Prause's Meat Market

U.S. 77, LaGrange, TX - (979) 968-3259
Posted By Michael Stern on 11/9/2001 1:59:00 PM
A sign near the order counter at Prause’s advises newcomers, We do not make sandwiches. As the name of the place suggests, this is a meat market, not a full-service restaurant. But it is a great place to eat. If you like barbecue, it is a must! Any day at lunch, find a place in the line that snakes under a wall covered with animal heads and feel your appetite mount as the aroma of warm beef fills the air.

Order your meat by the pound (for brisket) or by the link (sausage). Slow-cooked beef is cut to order on the butcher block in the front room, which really is a market selling raw meat to cook-at-home customers. Sausage links and sliced brisket are arranged on a thick cardboard plate; and both are so juicy that no barbecue sauce is required. On the side you get white bread and/or saltine crackers. After waiting in line to get this prize meal, you carry it yourself to the back room, stopping, if necessary, to grab some plastic silverware. (We much prefer eating this luscious food with our fingers.)

The back room is outfitted with communal tables so that meat eaters can sit elbow to elbow and gnaw away. Overhead, a spillover of game trophies from the front room look down: suitable decoration for a room full of happy carnivores.

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5 - Overall: Legendary - Worth driving from anyplace
Overall: Legendary - Worth driving from anyplace
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A meat man hacks off hunks of brisket for a plate lunch. Bread is served alongside, but Prause's does not assemble sandwiches.
"A meat man hacks off hunks of brisket for a plate lunch. Bread is served alongside, but Prause's does not assemble sandwiches."
Michael Stern





Customers line up under a wall full of game trophies to place their order, then watch it cut and assembled by Prause's butchers.
"Customers line up under a wall full of game trophies to place their order, then watch it cut and assembled by Prause's butchers."
Michael Stern


House rule.
"House rule."
Michael Stern


Grab a plastic knife and fork if you feel the need to cut your beef or sausage. Many customers simply use their hands.
"Grab a plastic knife and fork if you feel the need to cut your beef or sausage. Many customers simply use their hands."
Michael Stern


Carry your own plate of food to one of these tables in Prause's back room.
"Carry your own plate of food to one of these tables in Prause's back room."
Michael Stern


Prause's is a Texas classic: a butcher shop that serves fantastic smoked beef.
"Prause's is a Texas classic: a butcher shop that serves fantastic smoked beef."
Michael Stern



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