Hill Country Barbecue’s Huge, Accommodating Space in Brooklyn
It was pretty slim pickings for first-rate BBQ around these parts back in 2007, when the excellent Hill Country Barbecue first opened in the Flatiron, immediately hitting the top of just about everybody's Best in NYC lists. Since those distant days we've been given an embarrassment of meaty, smoky riches, with the likes of Mighty Quinn's in the East Village, Fette Sau and Briskettown in Williamsburg, Fletcher's in Gowanus, and the expansion of the Dino BBQ empire. Make no mistake though, Hill Country can still bring it… which is why the last time I tried to eat there, about a year ago, I was told the wait would be "two to three hours" for a table. Ah, but now there's a much better way.
Hill Country Barbecue in Brooklyn
We were happy to welcome Hill Country Brooklyn! A place where you can walk right in and enjoy what is still among the top five best barbecue spots in town: no line, no wait. Not that it feels lonely in here–there are plenty of fellow BBQ lovers and after-work drinkers joining you, plus the live band upstairs keeps the joint jumping. It's just that there are so many tables, spread out across so many different sections, that for now at least this bi-level beauty can accommodate any and all comers. AND there's a Hill County Chicken outlet right next door! Located in the heart of Downtown Brooklyn within a couple of blocks of the 2, 3, 4, 5, A, C, F, and R trains, the new Hill Country Barbecue is just a quick subway ride away for pretty much everyone in both Brooklyn and Manhattan.
Same Menu, Same Delicious BBQ Food
Hill Country Barbecue has virtually the same menu as its Flatiron counterpart, and the same is true for it's next-door neighbor, Hill Country Chicken. Now, you should know that Chicken isn't on the same level as Barbecue (the best fried chicken in town is still at Pies 'n Thighs in Williamsburg, or maybe Bobwhite Lunch Counter, but it's still a solid choice for grabbing a quick bite. I recently re-feasted on both fried chicken varieties here:
- the "Classic", boosted by their garlicky "signature shake";
- the crunchier "Mama Els", with its cracker crust
- A couple of sides (skip the old and overly-refrigerated roasted corn, but the mac-and-cheese is fine) and a biscuit
I left happy and satisfied. Oh, and they have at least a dozen different mini-pies on hand if you want to end things with a sugar rush.
Hill County Barbecue Location Information
Hill Country Barbecue and Hill County Chicken are located at 345 Adams Street, on the plaza between Adams and Jay Streets, near Willoughby and the Fulton Mall. Open daily for lunch, dinner, and, at Barbecue, until late for both food and drinks.
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