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.