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Thursday, April 11, 2013

Hill Country Barbecue

Plaudits: None
Neighborhood: Gallery Place/Chinatown/Penn Quarter

The Setup


With Official Friend of DCWD Juju in tow, we met up two family friends at Penn Quarter barbecue outpost Hill Country.

The Vibe

If you knew nothing about the restaurant but its name, you could probably make an educated guess at its decor: lots of exposed brick and wood everywhere, from the creaky floor to paneling on certain side walls, to the bar. Giant metal stars and Texas paraphernalia abound on the walls, and the sounds of country twang over the loudspeakers. The space itself is giant: a giant square bar in the front, then a gaggle of four-tops across an expansive floor, with a downstairs bar. It's fun and festive, albeit with a lot of competing noise to work with.

The Food


The food ordering system starts with the "market" in the back, which consists of a few counters: sides, sandwiches, meats. There you'll pick out your dishes, either in combination or a la carte. On this trip, I ordered the Longhorn Brisket Chomp, a combo which includes 1/3 lb of lean brisket, a side, and some cornbread (obviously for my side, I picked the mac and cheese).

With my future in-laws being Texan born and bred, I've had my fair share of Texas barbecue to date. That being said, especially since the meat itself is purportedly shipped in from Texas, these meats were quite enjoyable. Perhaps a bit less moist than I would have liked it (though, in their defense, I didn't order the moist brisket), but each piece provided some nice smoky flavor.

The Verdict


Definitely matched up well with the Texas barbecue I've had in the actual Lone Star State.

Food Rating: ***
(out of 5)
Date Rating: 3 Hearts (out of 5)
Dress Code:
Casual
Bar Rating:
Party in the USA
Vibe:
Noisy
Cost:
$$
(out of 5) ($25-$50 for two)
Pairing
: The Caps are back in town. And down the street from here.

Hill Country Barbecue Market on Urbanspoon

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