A bowl of corn pudding being held by two hands.

All-You-Can-Eat at Hill Country BBQ

BBQ restaurants make the world go ’round. Okay, maybe it’s one of a few things that feels that way. You can (pretty much) never go wrong with BBQ’d food. Pulled pork, ribs, chicken…the list goes on.

Hill Country BBQ is a restaurant that gets BBQ right. Located near Gallery Place in Washington, D.C., it’s one of the busiest restaurants in the area. They also have a location in New York City near Madison Square Park. The D.C. location’s special nights are Monday (all-you-can-eat) and Wednesday (live band). My favorite is All-You-Can-Eat Monday because everyone from the table benefits. You get ribs, chicken, brisket, and any sides you want for $32/person. Something to keep in mind is that you might have to ask for certain things more often, depending on your table’s needs.

What I Ordered

My drink of choice was a root beer float, and it was the biggest one I’ve ever had! I’m usually someone who wants refills. There’s no need for that with this drink. I hadn’t had one in years, and this was just as good, if not better, than the ones I’ve had in the past.

Hill Country BBQ's Root Beer Float

Hill Country BBQ’s Root Beer Float

If you’re visiting Hill Country BBQ with a group of people *on a Monday*, their all-you-can-eat option is something to consider. It was a better option for my family to get this instead of separate meals.

The brisket was amazing. The key to getting brisket right is serving it tender, and every batch of brisket was nothing short of it. The chicken was seasoned very well and was a table favorite. I was a little bummed that pulled pork is not a part of this package, but the brisket and chicken definitely made up for it.

Hill Country BBQ's all-you-can-eat option includes unlimited chicken, short ribs, roast beef, and sides.

Hill Country BBQ’s All-You-Can-Eat platter: sweet potato Bourbon mash, baked beans, collard greens, macaroni and cheese, chicken, roast beef, and short ribs.

 

A bowl of corn pudding being held by two hands.

One of Hill Country BBQ’s side options, corn pudding.

Hill Country BBQ’s sides definitely deserve a lot of shine. Their mac and cheese is cheesy enough and was ordered the most at our table. The collard greens with smoked bacon are almost as good as my mom’s and grandma’s greens. The sweet potato bourbon mash was the star side in my eyes. I usually don’t jump at the chance to have mashed sweet potatoes, but these are an exception. The bourbon is a great twist on a classic dish. I loved it so much that I want to learn how to make it.

I’ve been to Hill Country BBQ once before this, and I preferred this option over ordering something just for myself. I loved getting a little bit of everything more than having to narrow down what I wanted.

Conclusion

I’d absolutely visit Hill Country BBQ again! I’ve done the pay per person thing here before, and I prefer this all-you-can-eat package. They get BBQ right, and you should definitely try it if you’re looking for some good BBQ in D.C.!

Until next time.

Battle at the BBQ

Crazy lines on a beautiful day can lead to the perfect Saturday. Shutting down one of the most popular parts of Pennsylvania Avenue (in front of the Newseum) in DC for a BBQ Battle was one of the best experiences I’ve ever had. I’ve only participated in an event loosely similar to this one other time in the District, which was the annual Taste of DC event.

My mom told my sisters and me about Giant’s annual BBQ Battle, and I just had to go. A reasonably priced event with good food? Count. me. in. The line to get in wasn’t really a line. It was a mass of people moving to pay to get in or pick up tickets. I wish this was more organized, but at least it didn’t affect how quickly people got in!

As soon as we got in, we saw several stations lined up. Some stations only had food and others were media-related. Most, if not all, of the stations inside were free. No strings attached.

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There was a Mentos station that gave each person in line the chance to win a free pack of their gum (as long as supplies lasted). The Turkey Hill station gave out free mini containers of their ice cream: Vanilla and Salted Caramel. Another station gave out free packs of Sunsweet Philippine Green Mangoes.

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The Oscar Meyer hot dog car was there. At their station, they had a game that required you to throw small sandbags into three different holes in a cardboard *thing*. If you got a bag in all three, you won a coupon. My mom won, and my sister and I had a photo opp in front of the hot dog car!

The biggest BBQ tent had a super long line, so we decided to see what else the event had to offer before committing so much to such a line. There were so many places to get free food. Giant (Stop n’ Shop, depending on where you are in the U.S.) sells most of this food in their stores. We got to try some Naked juices, Yungeling ice cream (churro), and some of their food products barbecued. The Apple Butter pulled pork was scrumptious. 

The Nature’s Promise truck allowed each person to choose one free item from the shelves inside. I chose their Thousand Island dressing, which I finally tried the day before writing this. It’s decent, but I think it tastes eggy.

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One of the guys at the Haagen-Dazs station was basically giving away ice cream. The station had two of the company’s flavors: Pineapple Coconut and Mint Chip. My mom only wanted one, and he was being pushy and trying to give her another one. I took two. He got my sister to take three. ‘Twas interesting.

There were a couple of tents that let people 21+ try alcoholic beverages. My mom and I went to one that didn’t have a name but offered two different wine brands and the Barefoot Wine station. We both tried one of Steila Rose’s sweet red wines, which was honestly the best red wine I’ve ever had. I love a good sweet, red wine. Barefoot was sampling four different flavors of their spritzers, and I chose the Moscato Spritzer that has “flavors of peach and tangerine,” according to their website. I loved it but wished it was a little more peachy.

There was a BBQ tent that had a shorter line: the military BBQ Battle. I was glad that I finally got to sample some food from what the event was centered around! All of the U.S. military branches were represented and had to incorporate chicken in their dishes. I think the Army and the Navy had the best dishes, packed with tons of flavor. Unfortunately, I didn’t get to take pictures because I was juggling plates.

This was our first time attending Giant’s BBQ Battle, and I enjoyed my time trying a lot of good food and drinks and enjoying the weather. I’m looking forward to the next one.

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Until next time.

Mighty Quinn’s

I’m a sucker for BBQ. I actually can’t remember the last time I had some. But recently, my friend invited me to this awesome BBQ place in the city called Mighty Quinn’s.
The dimly lit restaurant creates an ambiance that made me feel like I was so cool. Haha. I was so excited to order my food! The way you order your food is most similar to Chipotle, in terms of building your meal. First, you say which meat you want. Then you’re asked what you want on the side and if you want their cole slaw. I ordered a brisket sandwich, fries, cole slaw, and a sweetened mint tea. If you order brisket, you have the option to get it naked (just the brisket) or a sandwich. I’m not sure if the other meats have that option. Some of the sides are fries, sweet potato casserole with maple and pecans, and sweet corn fritters.
Sweetened mint tea (top left), fries (bottom left), cole slaw (bottom right), brisket sandwich (top right)

Sweetened mint tea (top left), fries (bottom left), cole slaw (bottom right), brisket sandwich (top right)

The brisket sandwich was perfect. I added Mighty Quinn’s signature BBQ sauce, which was also awesome. The sandwich was good with and without it. I couldn’t lose. I don’t know if I’ve ever had any brisket that yummy. The fries were amazing. They didn’t need sauce, but it was awesome with it. I wasn’t really a fan of the sweetened mint tea. I would’ve liked it more if it was a little sweeter.
The service was awesome and fast. The food was awesome. The setting was great.
Marjani told me that this place was amazing, and that, it was.
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Until next time.