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Hill Country - I know you didn't bring those prices with you

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wingman Sep 4, 2007 09:19 AM

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
Drunk Chicken

Sides:

Small Mac & Cheese
Small Baked Beans with Rib Tips
Small Green Bean Casserole
Small Cole Slaw
Small Potato Salad

Drinks:

1 Lone Star
1 PBR
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.

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    DavyTheFatBoy Sep 5, 2007 07:07 PM

    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!

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      joeyz Sep 5, 2007 05:06 PM

      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.

      1. Wilfrid Sep 4, 2007 11:52 AM

        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.

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          sam1 Sep 4, 2007 12:06 PM

          im going tonight for the second time. i learned my lesson the first time and wont order any more than is necessary. i think ill have 2 pork ribs, a sausage (amazing), 1/4 pound of moist brisket and maybe a 1/4 of lean to split with a friend.

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            wingman Sep 5, 2007 01:35 PM

            It's $6 a side which I didn't realize until I paid that equals $30; $30 + $50 = $80, plus about $10 for drinks then add tax = $98

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              sam1 Sep 5, 2007 01:41 PM

              i went last night...had 4 pork ribs, 1/3 pound moist, 1/3 pound lean, 2 sausages, 2 sides, 1 cupcake, 1 tecate.

              total was $58...which i thought was reasonable. food was excellent. service was friendly.

          2. LeahBaila Sep 4, 2007 09:36 AM

            It's ridiculously expensive, but that's typically to be expected in the city ESPECIALLY when you have a restaurant of that size, in that location and brand new.

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              wingman Sep 5, 2007 01:35 PM

              I've been living in the city for 5 years - their prices are not to expected they are insane and I won't be back.

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                Lucia Sep 5, 2007 01:38 PM

                I had food for 2 w/a drink each for about $60. I'd hardly call that insane. You just have to know how/how much to order.

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