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Hill Country Barbecue Market

Hill Country Barbecue Market

BBQ Joint and Music Venue$$$$
Penn Quarter, Washington
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    This BBQ joint is famous for their brisket. It's one of the most popular in the city!
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    Michael L.
    "Also a great place for some authentic Texas food as well."(17 Tips)
    Nivine Z.
    "Moist brisket and jalapeno & cheese sausage really hit the spot."(24 Tips)
    Chad R.
    "Moist beef brisket, potato salad and corn pudding is the way to go."(11 Tips)
    "live music and pitchers of Shiner are always $20. [Eater 38 Member"(9 Tips)
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  • brisket
  • texas
  • mac & cheese
  • ribs
  • karaoke
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  • Behrad Eats
    Behrad EatsJuly 30, 2013
    Mondays are All You Can Eat brisket, pork spare ribs, market chicken & sides. I recommend the mac & cheese, sweet potato bourbon mash & corn pudding. Make sure to go there hungry, it's a lot of food!
  • Lindsay D.
    Lindsay D.September 20, 2018
    The BBQ chicken quarters are amazing! So tender! Don't miss Happy Hour - the bar tenders are entertaining, the drinks are great and the salsa has a smokey twist that leaves you craving more!
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    GlenJanuary 30, 2013
    Monday nights are All-you-can-eat for $20. Good deal b/c you'll probably order that much meat/sides anyways. It includes brisket, chicken, pork ribs and all sides. Pair it with a pitcher of Shiner!
  • Caleb H.heart icon on user image
    Caleb HaysJune 25, 2015
    Finally! A place that serves BBQ in a style not from the Carolinas! Pure Texas BBQ—smoky, wet, and juicy. And karaoke downstairs on Wednesdays with a live band if you're musically inclined.
  • Eater
    EaterOctober 4, 2011
    Try the moist brisket, the sausages imported from Kreuz Market or any variety of sides. Most nights of the week bring live music and pitchers of Shiner are always $20. [Eater 38 Member]
  • Jennifer D.heart icon on user image
    Jennifer DayJune 7, 2013
    Fantastic BBQ! We got the Two Step combo and it fed our family of four. I highly recommend this place! Get Mac and cheese w/ a side of chili to mix in! Sweet potato bread pudding is divine!!
  • VEE
    VEEJune 22, 2014
    SO good ! 1st time here , great service & great food ! Fresh squeezed lemonade was EVERYTHING ! Mac & Cheese was perfection along with the campfire baked beans !
  • Aaron S.heart icon on user image
    Aaron SmithMay 10, 2015
    Very good! The potato salad is a must! Chicken was average, BBQ Ribs were great, Mac and Cheese was average. Skip the sweet potato pudding. A bit dry. Cookies are great. Great atmosphere. Family.
  • John B.heart icon on user image
    John BJanuary 8, 2017
    Been there many times, have not tasted one items which wasn't absolutely amazing. Friendly and patient staff, and great sweet tea!
  • Julie K.heart icon on user image
    Julie KMay 14, 2018
    So many good tastes- it’s like a party in your mouth! We really liked the pulled pork, lean brisket, mac n cheese and sweet potato mash. Highly recommend
  • Zach
    ZachMarch 11, 2012
    Food is amazing. I had the mac and cheese as a side with chili right on top of it. Also, live karaoke with the band is the greatest idea I have ever heard of. You need to try it. I love this place
  • Michael J.heart icon on user image
    Michael JenkinsJune 17, 2020
    Been here 5+ times
    Very good barbecue (though pricey). Best part of Hill Country is the downstairs concerts. You can grab a drink and enjoy some really great music.
  • Matt B.heart icon on user image
    Matt BoggsAugust 12, 2020
    I love this place. A great spot after a Sunday at a museum nearby. I do warn you though a pitcher of margarita and a delicious meal here will put you in a food coma for the rest of the day.
  • MK M.heart icon on user image
    MK McKenzieJanuary 12, 2015
    Definitely Texas-style BBQ - moist brisket, Mac n cheese, and collards are all amazing. Great venue for live music downstairs - thank goodness for the coat check.
  • Maria G.
    Maria GalperinFebruary 24, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    The moist brisket is incredible, there are great margarita pitchers, shiner on tap, $3 PBRs, karaoke downstairs on Wednesdays and old school country on Thursdays. Perfection. Avoid the potato salad.
  • Jaime C.heart icon on user image
    Jaime CookDecember 14, 2018
    Been here 5+ times
    Go on Mondays for the all you can eat deal. The brisket (moist) is the thing to get but also love the ribs; the coleslaw is great too.
  • Brianheart icon on user image
    BrianOctober 1, 2018
    Been here 10+ times
    I love all the food at HC (never had a bad experience). However, try to avoid a 2-top if you are able.The smaller table can be constraining while you're trying to get your eat on.
  • Jake S.heart icon on user image
    Jake SchwartzJuly 3, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Get the platter(s) and a margarita pitcher. Great brisket and pulled pork. Also don't forget the sides...the sweet potato mash and green beans are killer
  • Amanda T.heart icon on user image
    Amanda ThomasOctober 18, 2015
    The brisket, the ribs, sausage, chicken, sweet potato mash, mac and cheese. All of its good, the service, Mason jars of soda, the ambience, its awesome.
  • M B.heart icon on user image
    M BFebruary 4, 2018
    The sausage is great, the sauces are definitely Texan, however I dont think I’ve run in to a butter with orange in it for the corn muffins. A nice combination!
  • Jonathan S.heart icon on user image
    Jonathan SullivanSeptember 1, 2018
    The brisket was mouthwatering and flavorful with a great consistency. Also enjoyed the collard greens, coleslaw and mashed sweet potatoes.
  • Scott L.heart icon on user image
    Scott LApril 17, 2017
    Great smoked meats and fresh home style sides. Easy to share portions so bring a friend and try more sides.
  • Robert C.
    Robert CapazziNovember 14, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    The "Hill" has to one of the best BBQ I have ever had. And I have been to Tenn. and TX. You will not go wrong with this place. It easily competes with other well named BBQ restaurants.
  • Jasonheart icon on user image
    JasonJanuary 19, 2016
    The moist brisket wasn't as moist as I expected it to be. The prime rib was a pleasant surprise. Show up early as the short rib seems to sell out quick.
  • David
    DavidMay 3, 2015
    Have The Pitmaster menu that has a little bit of everything, taste it and go for a second round :-) but everything was great!
  • Travis I.
    Travis InceSeptember 1, 2013
    Their "unique" style of service is a poorly-executed attempt at originality. Make sure you know what you want before you go the the marketplace and get barked at by a-holes. Food is good though.
  • Martin
    MartinJanuary 5, 2014
    The pit smoked wings and rib tips are excellent! Both are only on the bar menu though. Also try the Mac n cheese and moist brisket!
  • Ashley S.heart icon on user image
    Ashley ShumwayNovember 17, 2013
    Get the ribs and macaroni and cheese. It is a very messy meal... fun for a first date if you're the adventurous/ non-embarrased type. #mco435
  • Laura B.
    Laura B.September 30, 2011
    All the meats are good here, but the brisket is awesome. My new favorite BBQ spot! I also love the mac & cheese and cole slaw. Monday nights are all u can eat! #winning
  • HotDog T.
    HotDog TheRapperAugust 19, 2011
    After a week in DC I stumbled upon this place because the Indian joint I wanted to visit had a wait. And I am glad. Total surprise. Sampled everything. All of it was excellent.
  • Zein S.heart icon on user image
    Zein SamerAugust 31, 2016
    Order the Brisket & Prime Ribs with potatoes, mac & cheese and Jalapeño.
  • Jessica H.
    Jessica HuffSeptember 16, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    The service is pretty terrible here when things get busy, but it's a great little piece of home if you're from Texas. Oh, and check out their live music nights!
  • Julie B.
    Julie BonkJune 4, 2012
    The moist brisket is thick and juicy, no knife required to cut it down. The ribs and chicken are so-so. The cornbread is soft and sweet--get it! I recommend moist brisket, beans and cornbread.
  • Dean H.heart icon on user image
    Dean HutchinsSeptember 30, 2016
    This is the second time I have come here for take-out. Both times everything was great EXCEPT the chicken which was undercooked to the point of being bloody.
  • Sarah H.
    Sarah HansonJanuary 30, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    The market chicken is delicious! Juicy and tender with an amazing sauce/rub on the skin. Don't forget the mac and cheese!
  • Roger S.heart icon on user image
    Roger SchonfeldAugust 23, 2014
    Cafeteria style and the better for it. Load up some burnt ends and sit at the car and drink some beer and bourbon.
  • eFromDC of w.
    You're gonna laugh...but their Devil Eggs are AMAZING. The BBQ sauce on the wings is great as well. If you ever need some wings and are downtown / Chinatown? Make that happen...
  • IS K.heart icon on user image
    IS KLESeptember 1, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Lean, wet, or burnt ends Brisket - all good. Corn bread, coleslaw and Mac and cheese darn good too.
  • Allison K.heart icon on user image
    Allison KasicFebruary 18, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    The menu says the red velvet cake feeds two. Really it's so big you could feed four people with a slice. So get it to share. It's delicious.
  • Gautham N.heart icon on user image
    Gautham NageshApril 6, 2013
    Been here 50+ times
    Get the moist brisket, especially burnt ends.
  • Morgan T.
    Morgan ThomasDecember 12, 2014
    The ribs are huge! So 2-3 per person is enough. Expected more BBQ sauce and I kinda hate the whole "market" concept (why tip the waiter when I am getting my own food?). But the food was good.
  • Will G.
    Will GattenbyJuly 28, 2011
    Come on Wednesday for the live band karaoke. Band is awesome, atmosphere is great, worth every penny!
  • tammy r.
    tammy r.June 13, 2013
    Oh my god. SO GOOD. Beef ribs a bit dry on outside, but succulent and tasty overall. And the cake. THE CAKE.
  • Paige Rebecca
    Paige RebeccaMay 26, 2014
    Authentic? No. Pretty decent? Yes. Get the moist brisket. Pinto beans, collards, mac and cheese are also decent.
  • Candice B.
    Candice BarnesAugust 24, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Go with the brisket (moist over lean) and get the corn pudding or mac and cheese. Skip the cornbread, it was dry. Awesome bar scene with live band karaoke.
  • Gautham N.heart icon on user image
    Gautham NageshSeptember 27, 2012
    Been here 50+ times
    Moist brisket is the standout, hands down. Sausage and chicken are good, ribs just ok. Specials change daily, usually excellent.
  • Brittanni J.heart icon on user image
    Brittanni JacksonMay 22, 2016
    Everything. I literally tried everything and it was all delicious
  • Tiffany B.heart icon on user image
    Tiffany BucknorSeptember 20, 2018
    The brisket and macaroni and cheese were to die for!!! However, the collard greens were a major disappointment 😔
  • Rita L.
    Rita LassiterMarch 8, 2013
    Great beef brisket. The ribs are a bit salty for my taste; some might say it's just right. Corn pudding ? Meh. I've had a lot better. Good spot to eat if you're in the area for a an event at Verizon.
  • Lisa H.
    Lisa HinchliffeDecember 10, 2014
    Appreciate the "chose your amount" for meat rather than massive portions. Great mac and cheese.
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