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Prause Meat Market, La Grange

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brucesw May 14, 2012 06:59 AM

My experience here was not very impressive but I thought I’d post it for others or maybe others have had different experiences.

I’d heard about Prause for years and driven by several times but never stopped. I read recently the place is for sale and there’s some concern what will happen under new owners so I thought I’d check it out before it’s too late.

It’s an old fashioned meat market, right on the square downtown, with pits in the back and a bare bones dining area. Supposedly it does a brisk business and I got there early as there are warnings they usually sell out. I got some fatty pieces but my brisket was dry and lacking in flavor and still just a little tough. There was more of a burned taste than smoke and there wasn’t enough rub. In particular it needed salt. I thought it was even possible my sample had been reheated from a previous day. The sausage link was better, very nice and juicy, like the wet sausage at City Market in Luling, but also was rather bland. It could’ve used either some more black or red pepper and salt. I noted most of the other people were ordering pork (loin slices I think) but I didn’t go back to try that.

There are three potato salads and reviewers say be sure to try them. I went for the baked potato salad with sour cream and bacon and it was very good - best thing on the plate. The sauce was also good, thank goodness since the brisket really needed it.

Prices are reasonable. I paid $8 + tax for 1/4 # brisket, 1 link and maybe a cup and a half of potato salad.