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City Market

633 E. Davis St., Luling, TX - (830) 875-9019
Posted By Steve L. on 7/30/2003 12:28:00 AM
City Market in Luling is one of the top three BBQ joints in Texas. Their only competition for the top spots comes from up the road in Lockhart at Smitty's Market or Black's BBQ. CM serves great beef brisket, sausage and pork ribs, period. The place has serious "joint" atmosphere with thick smoke pouring from the pit room where you get the meats. It's all served piled high on butcher paper with crackers or bread. No need for side here, but the beans are pretty good and a couple slices of onions and a few pickles work well. Plan on taking a few sausage rings home, because you won't get any like them anyplace other than a few of the best BBQ joints in Central Texas. NOTE: Do not confuse the "Luling City Market" in Houston with this place. The Houston folks blatantly ripped off the name and are in no way connected to the REAL City Market in Luling.

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4 - Overall: One of the Best - Worth a Trip
Overall: One of the Best - Worth a Trip
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Sausage rings, brisket, and ribs: life is good at the City Market!
"Sausage rings, brisket, and ribs: life is good at the City Market!"
Michael Stern





Inside the pit room, you watch as your brisket and sausages are severed to order.
"Inside the pit room, you watch as your brisket and sausages are severed to order."
Michael Stern


This close view of a City Market sausage ring shows how succulent it is packed inside its natural casing: ready to burst!
"This close view of a City Market sausage ring shows how succulent it is packed inside its natural casing: ready to burst!"
Michael Stern


Not pretty, but pure pleasure for tastebuds, this assortment of Luling City Market meats includes brisket, mutton, and sausage.  Saltines, jalapeno peppers, and onions are for occasional tastebud-diversion.  And of course there is no plate:  pink butcher paper serves as a means of carrying food from the pit, a tray/platter, and a means of gathering all your bones and scraps at the end of the meal to discard them.
"Not pretty, but pure pleasure for tastebuds, this assortment of Luling City Market meats includes brisket, mutton, and sausage. Saltines, jalapeno peppers, and onions are for occasional tastebud-diversion. And of course there is no plate: pink butcher paper serves as a means of carrying food from the pit, a tray/platter, and a means of gathering all your bones and scraps at the end of the meal to discard them."
Michael Stern


Pickles are like peppers on the barbecue tray:  a good way to slap tastebuds awake when lulled into a happy stupor by a few pounds of delicious meat.  The bread helps tamp down fires ignited by hot sauce.
"Pickles are like peppers on the barbecue tray: a good way to slap tastebuds awake when lulled into a happy stupor by a few pounds of delicious meat. The bread helps tamp down fires ignited by hot sauce."
Michael Stern


Service is most informal.  Here's our carry-it-yourself tray of beverages, beans, sauce, bread, and pickles.
"Service is most informal. Here's our carry-it-yourself tray of beverages, beans, sauce, bread, and pickles."
Michael Stern


Brisket, sausage, onion, white bread, and Big Red!
"Brisket, sausage, onion, white bread, and Big Red!"
Jerry Toops


This is a shot of the staff inside City Market in Luling.
"This is a shot of the staff inside City Market in Luling."
Jerry Toops


One of the staff at the City Market pauses while sorting beans at a restaurant table.
"One of the staff at the City Market pauses while sorting beans at a restaurant table."
Michael Stern


If you insist on utensils, there's a box of them from which you can grab a flimsy plastic knife. It barely has the strength to sever the casing of a sausage. A good set of teeth in your mouth works better.
"If you insist on utensils, there's a box of them from which you can grab a flimsy plastic knife. It barely has the strength to sever the casing of a sausage. A good set of teeth in your mouth works better."
Michael Stern


An inauspicious location for a great Texas eat-place
"An inauspicious location for a great Texas eat-place"
Michael Stern



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