Desserts & Bakeries
Southern & Soul
Cobble Hill/Carroll Gardens
Lower East Side
Upper East Side
Upper West Side
30 West 26th Street Between Broadway and 6th Ave.
I recently started working in Chelsea, so you should expect an influx of restaurant reviews in the new hood. The first addition is Hill Country, a surprisingly awesome BBQ joint on 26th street. I've only been once, but I can tell this place will make it into my weekly rotation. It's cheap, easy, and delicious.CONT'D
The food is served cafeteria-style from two stations located in the back of the restaurant. The meat station offers Texas-style BBQ (brisket, ribs, chicken) served by the pound on brown butcher paper. Next door, the side-dish station offers an array of classic southern accompaniments like green been casserole, corn pudding, and hot German potatoes. Don't skimp on the cornbread.
After retrieving your food, head to your table, which should be properly outfitted with a roll of paper towels and two different kinds of BBQ sauce. Unwrap your meat and dig in. Though known for their special, dry-rubbed brisket, I thought the winning meat was the chicken. The skin was crispy and sweet; the meat was moist with rich, smokey undertones. A close contender was the meaty pork spare rib, which was seasoned perfectly. Pick it up with your hands and lick that bone clean! The sides won't disappoint, either, particularly the green been casserole and vinegar-spiked German potatoes. Mmm.
And if you're not convinced, here are some more reasons to like Hill Country: Recession specials on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday offer ridiculous incentives like "All you can eat" and "Two for one." A late night menu serves BBQ until 1 am, and the bar stays open until 2 am. The downstairs stages offers live performances, including a country karaoke night. And, to top it all off, there's free wifi; just try to keep the BBQ sauce off your new iPad.
Posted in FOOD on February 15, 2010 10:29am by Jena Steinbach | 36 comments
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