Hill Country - I know you didn't bring those prices with you
Since Dino was closed last night I decided to try out Hill Country BBQ for the first time. The meats were absolutley delicious and most of the sides were great.
For meats we had:
4 Ribs (2 lbs.)
1/4 lbs of lean brisket
Small Mac & Cheese
Small Baked Beans with Rib Tips
Small Green Bean Casserole
Small Cole Slaw
Small Potato Salad
1 Lone Star
2 Diet Root Beers
1 Diet Coke
Total Price - $98!!!!!!!!!!
The ribs were probably the best I've ever had. A small truck outside of Sunday River rivals the ribs but the price would prohibit me from going back. For the same amount of food Dinosaur would probably be $50 if not less and RUB would have been less than that as well. Also, I don't see their ordering system working in NYC. It is very similar to Katz - but the individual stations make it confusing so it's not easy to go from one station to another. Thankfully it was pretty empty last night but on a crowded night I have no idea how one would navigate from one station to the next. Great meat but very overpriced.
I have so far found Hill Country to be surprisingly cheap. How you paid $98 with that order, I'm not sure. I calculate you spent just over $50 on food. Ribs are $9 a pound, the sides come to about $21, if the drunk chicken is the beer can hen that's $10. Maybe you didn't enter the correct amount for brisket, but 1/4lb would be only about four or five bucks.
Since the drinks can't account for half the check, there may be some error, either in the check or your post.
The place isn't cheap but it's more affordable than places like RUB given that you can customize how much food you are getting. It's impossible to go to RUB w/out spending at least $20+. I work down the block from HC and have gotten takeout twice. Both times I spent only about $16 or so on meat and had more than enough food. I have yet to try any of the sides though, given how tiny even the small order is - now THOSE prices are absurd.
My experience was that the price on the bill was HIGHER than the posted prices. They assured me that the $9.50 price for the a side of over cheesy and no crunchy crust mac and cheese was the right one, and the $8.50 posted price on the blackboard by the ordering station was just a simple typo. Makes you think of other faux Texan scamsters!