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“Great service, awesome brisket, but....” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Hill Country Barbecue Market

Hill Country Barbecue Market
410 Seventh Street NW, Washington DC, DC 20004
(202) 556-2050
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Ranked #233 of 2,562 Restaurants in Washington DC
Price range: $30 - $31
Cuisines: Barbecue
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Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Delivery, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: Between D and E
Transit: We are within walking distance of the red, green, yellow, blue and orange lines.
Description: Hill Country is coming to DC! Named "Best Barbecue in NY" by both New York Magazine and Time Out New York, "Top 10 Barbecue in the U.S." by the Wall Street Journal and "Best New Restaurants of the Year" by New York Magazine, Hill Country takes its "cue" from legendary Texas barbecue joint Kreuz Market and its distinctive dry-rub style. Hill Country's brisket, sausage, ribs and other meats are smoked low and slow over Texas post oak. The barbecue is served in butcher paper, counter-style by the pound, with traditional trimmings.
Beltsville, Maryland
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63 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
“Great service, awesome brisket, but....”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2013

Ate here on a Thursday night, before the event at the Phone Booth let out. Service was excellent and attentive. Since it was out first time here, we were super confused on the "cafeteria style" issue and took a while to decide. We did a little $12.50 Brisket & sides sampler to start Moist meat was awesome, but I thought the portion was small..maybe 3 oz? Mac & cheese and cornbread were homey comfort food. You're paying for real estate here, and the small portions and high price are in your face.

Back to small - I swear the $6 glass of wine was served in a 2oz low gimlet glass. Hubby said the "rocks" for his Patron had a weird undertaste..."polluted by something other than the booze." Would I go back, yes, and order a big meat platter, but stick to beer or soft drinks.

We checked out the lower level for the band's last set, really enjoyed the talent of Eli Cook and his mates...would make an effort to see them live again.

Note that the restrooms are on this level...no elevator for gimpy people? The ladies room was oddly dark...what were they hiding and do I want to know? Hubster said the mens room was disgusting - sometimes you can blame the patrons for this, but there are a lot of disgusting mens' rooms in DC, and it takes alot of GROSS to make a local boy comment on it.

Lastly - the decibel level in the dining room had to be in the 80-90 range, and the place was only 1/3 full. Impossible to talk across the table.

  • Visited March 2013
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Herndon, Virginia
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86 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
“Texas away from Texas”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2013

This is my favorite restaurant in the District. As a Texan, I was sad that there weren't any true Texas BBQ joints around. Then Hill Country opened up three blocks away from my office (!) and now a group of girls from work go once a week. They have a variety of meats available, as well as great sides. The meats are sold by the weight, so hypothetically you could go and buy 5lbs of something and bring it home. They also have imported foods from Texas like Big Red soda and Blue Bell ice cream. Their sweet tea is delish and served in mason jars.

I would recommend going to lunch if you're interested in the food. It's cheaper and there are lunch combos. If you're interested in the vibe or bands, go at night. They always have fun bands, which you can find out about on their site or Facebook. My friends and I like to grab some after work and take it to Screen on the Green as a legit picnic.

  • Visited March 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Westminster, Maryland
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“Best Brisket around”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2013

Great Texas style BBQ but the prices were much higher than one would expect. The cuts of meat are not expensive, yet the charges are up there! Granted it was delicious but for low cost furnishings, lighting, no parking kind of place, it was very expensive.

Visited February 2013
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Frankfurt, Germany
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
“ehhhhhhh”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2013

This place is just ok. The food is definitely nothing amazing...for how much hype it got I figured it would at least be good if not amazing. The logistics here just do not make sense. They give each person a card, and then you go up and get your food. But then the waitress brings drinks and dessert and puts that on your card as well. The card thing would make more sense if you had to serve yourself everything, but they just make it a hassle. The service was also extremely slow...I assume that because they make you get your own food they think they can have fewer servers, but they all seem overwhelmed and you end up waiting 20 min for a drink.

The beef ribs were really just seasoning and fat, little to no meat and kind of tough. The pork ribs were better but not quite right. The brisket was SO DRY and flavorless. The chicken was alright, but couldnt make up for the rest of the meat! We had cole slaw and some kind of smashed potatoes (they did not have potato salad - its only seasonal??? wtf.) that were both pretty good. Prices are high for bbq and beer. For two people we spent about 54 dollars, but that was with 30% off from savored.

The downstairs has a stage and they often have bands...this looks like it would be a lot of fun, especially if they moved the tables out of the way so that you could enjoy it!

  • Visited March 2013
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Arlington, Virginia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Great BBQ, Nice Atmosphere”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2013

I’ve been to Hill Country about three or four times. My husband and I love this place. We enjoy the food-lots of tasty meat, the mac n cheese and corn pudding sides, the banana cream pudding and the PB&J cupcake are some of our favorites. We recently tried the PB&J cupcake and it was delicious! The setup is different in that you get a card from your server and you have to walk up to the meat station, the sides station, and then the dessert station to get your food. It’s different but cool. Our most recent visit was on a Sunday night and the service was a bit slower than usual, I think it was due to the fact that they were getting near closing time so our server seemed a bit distracted by wrapping up for the night. Other than that, still a great experience with delicious food and we’ll be back in the near future.

  • Visited February 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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