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henmonster Sep 10, 2013 09:30 AM

Craving for some Texas-style, fatty brisket which I realize is not something one can find in the NoVa area. I'm going to hit up Hill Country this weekend to satisfy my cravings as I'm happy with the quality of smoke and meat.

Having said that, I'm not happy with the price and the fact that it's a chain. So I turn to you, Chowhound Nation, for advice on options/preferences. Where would you go for some quality, sliced brisket that is moist, well-smoked and seasoned? And while I love me some chopped pork, smoked sausage and ribs -- it's all second fiddle this go around.

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    shake N baik RE: henmonster Sep 10, 2013 10:04 AM

    Their moist brisket is really good and probably the most consistent item on the menu. Harder to dry out a piece of meat with a nice layer of fat cap. I would also recommend the jalapeno cheese sausage from Kreuz.

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      Steve RE: henmonster Sep 10, 2013 10:22 AM

      No alternative to Hill Country regarding 'Texas-style.'

      I will simply mention the alternative is the brisket sandwich at Wagshal's in DC. Brisket is not smoked on site and is placed in a microwavable pouch, but it is serious. No other place comes close, I'm afraid.

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        msjess RE: henmonster Sep 10, 2013 03:10 PM

        The prices are very high, I'd be strategic about your sides in order to save money. The moist brisket is very good.

        1. littlew1ng RE: henmonster Sep 11, 2013 12:44 PM

          HC is it when it comes to Texas brisket in DC. Stick with the plan.

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            rachelcp RE: henmonster Sep 11, 2013 02:40 PM

            I know Rocklands does brisket, but I've never tried it.

            Someone once mentioned this place called Jimbo's way out in Chantilly that's "Texas style" barbecue. It's apparently a total hole in the wall type place.

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              Steve RE: rachelcp Sep 11, 2013 07:00 PM

              Rocklands brisket is not up to speed.

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                Bob W RE: rachelcp Sep 16, 2013 10:32 AM

                I live right near Jimbo's and tried in once. Can't tell you much more than that, which should tell you plenty.

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                The Big Crunch RE: henmonster Sep 16, 2013 07:57 AM

                I think Hill Country has gone downhill a bit since it opened. Like others have said, it's not cheap, and unless you think about cost WHILE ordering, you could end up with a modest meat-and-three plate that runs you $50!

                However, it's DC...it's Chinatown...so complaining about over-priced food is like living in Seattle and complaining about rain. My biggest issue with Hill Country is that they food has been disgustingly salty the last couple of times I was there. I've also found the staff behind the meat counter to be obnoxiously pushy. Really, it's one thing to be energetic and personable, it's another to cross the line into being obnoxious pricks.

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                  holdtheline RE: henmonster Sep 16, 2013 05:41 PM

                  Not happy that it's a "chain" restaurant? There are two locations, one in DC, one in NYC. That really bothers you? Why?

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                    Worldwide Diner RE: henmonster Sep 21, 2013 09:23 AM

                    Chowing down on the Pitmaster for $27, flight of 6 Shiner beers for $9, each pour is about 4 oz. Loved the beef and pork ribs, the normal brisket is a bit dry and boring. The chicken white meat is decently moist. Really loved the side of green bean casserole because the green beans aren't overcooked. The collard greens, on the other hand, will serve its function later.

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