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City Market

633 E. Davis St., Luling, TX - (830) 875-9019
Posted By Rex R. Wright on 12/22/2007 11:56:00 PM
My friends and I all ride touring motorcycles, and we live in and around San Antonio. Several times each month we'll call each other up to arrange a lunchtime barbecue ride. More often than not we'll agree to meet at someone's house and ride over to City Market in Luling. The reason is simple: it really is the best. It's the best because it's consistently good. We've all had great Central Texas barbecue in Belmont, Lockhart, Gonzales, and Elgin, but we've also had some meats that just didn't live up to the reputation of those great barbecue destinations.

Also, not all establishments make their own sausage, which is one of the highlights at City Market. There is no sausage more tasty or juicy anwhere. Also, the beef brisket is always tender and flavorful, with a good thick smoke ring. Combine that with a frosty Big Red soda and you're in Texas BBQ heaven!

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5 - Overall: Legendary - Worth driving from anyplace
Overall: Legendary - Worth driving from anyplace
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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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