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Heading to Hill Country (and Austin) from Boston

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katzzz Feb 22, 2011 12:32 PM

My wife and teenaged daughter are zooming to Texas tomorrow for a long weekend escape from the snow and cold. Looking to soak up warmth and as much good Texas food -- bbq, Tex-Mex, chicken-fried steak, etc -- as we can handle. Our Hill Country plan is totally loose at this point. We'll be driving from Ft. Worth on Thursday afternoon, looking to take as scenic a drive as possible before landing someplace for a memorable dinner (figure we can find a decent place to stay not too far from where we end up). Then we'll have a day to explore. Looks to me like the best bbq joints are to the east of Austin, while the most scenic areas/towns are to the west. I know Hill Country is way too big for us to do/see/eat it all in the short time we have, just looking for some ideas on what to see/where to eat in the short time allowed. Thanks for any insight!

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    fourunder RE: katzzz Feb 22, 2011 12:45 PM

    This thread served me well for my visit....just in case you do not receive any more recent suggestions in time....http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/590507

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      girloftheworld RE: fourunder Feb 24, 2011 02:53 PM

      If you have a teen age daughter you have to take her to South congress to shop at Lucy In the Sky and eat at the food trailers..she can see the sites from the movie Whip it and buy some fun stuff

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        katzzz RE: girloftheworld Mar 5, 2011 07:52 AM

        We -- and she -- had a blast at South Congress. Too bad we were too stuffed from lunch at City Market in Luling and Black's in Lockhart to eat anything at the food carts. But the coffee was great (Star? can't remember the name!).

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        City Market
        633 E Davis St, Luling, TX 78648

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          chrisdds98 RE: katzzz Mar 5, 2011 08:44 AM

          did you have a preference between city market or blacks? the 3 times i've eaten at city market I was disappointed.

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            Rene RE: chrisdds98 Mar 6, 2011 08:12 PM

            Oh, not me. I've only been to City Market once and it was very good, we had brisket, sausage and 1 rib each... held it's own with Smittys and Blacks. Franklin really impressed last weekend. I'm looking forward to their new store. The brisket was so delicious, tender and juicy. I picket up a couple of pounds to take to friends.

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            City Market
            633 E Davis St, Luling, TX 78648

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              katzzz RE: chrisdds98 Mar 11, 2011 03:01 PM

              City Market was all that we were hoping for from Hill Country BBQ. The brisket was sublime, the sausage was great and I liked the ribs we tried too. The night before we were in Kerrville and ate at Buzzie's based on Texas Monthly rating it among the 50 best bbq joints in Texas. It was a disappointment. Aside from the cafeteria-like setting, the brisket was bland, the sausage kinda like a hot dog -- but the pork ribs were great and saved the meal for us.
              But back to Lockhart. The meat was so good at City Market that we ate more than we should have as far as saving room for trying the joints in Lockhart. We went to Smitty's first, where there was a long line which we slipped by just to check out the dining room. The brisket we saw people eating just didn't look that good compared to what we had consumed at City Mkt. Who knows? It might have been great, but the look of it didn't tempt us and being stuffed we moved along to Black's. Now the appearance of the brisket there roped me in. I gorged on it, along with a bit of sausage. Both were excellent. At first bite, I was tempted to rate Black's better than City Market, but by the time I finished stuffing myself my conclusion was that their brisket was saltier, not better. But still stupendous, in its own right. We of course then went to the legendary Kreuz Market, but again the look of the brisket -- kinda grey -- was not enough to tempt us to buy any. Really, I was so stuffed by that time that I could barely eat my dinner that night in Austin. I will say that I thought the ambience of Black's beat City Market, but really, both places were spectacular chow-wise. I see Black's does mail order and I just might order myself a fix when the craving strikes.

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              Kreuz Market
              619 N Colorado St, Lockhart, TX 78644

              City Market
              633 E Davis St, Luling, TX 78648

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                dinaofdoom RE: katzzz Mar 11, 2011 03:23 PM

                thanks for the report back, katzzz.

                if you sign up for their e-newletters, you will periodically get mail order discount offers.

                glad you got to try something different compared to blue ribbon and red bones.

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