Hill Country

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Hill Country
Hill Country

The scent of molasses and ribs might be enough to draw you into this Downtown Texan barbecue spot, but it’s the downstairs Boot Bar, where live country music alternates nights with rock-band karaoke, that really brings in the crowds. The bare-brick space is sizeable but cozy, with home-style wooden tables and chairs and tributes to the Lone Star state everywhere you look. Cocktails also have a Southern twang, with ingredients ranging from tequila to jalapeños—but don’t miss the $20 pitchers of Shiner beer, a beloved Texas staple with a malty, delicate flavor.


Venue name: Hill Country
Address: 410 7th Street, NW
Washington, DC

Cross street: at D Street
Opening hours: 11.30am–2am daily
Transport: Archives or Gallery Place Metro
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Average User Rating

4.5 / 5

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Very casual, do-it-yourself type of place. It's sort of set up like a beer hall but the waitresses are there for you only to fill your water, take drink orders, and give you utensils. You have to go up to the cafeteria-like area to pick up your dishes. The portions are quite generous and I recommend going in a group of 3 or 4 and maybe starting off with two of the dishes that they have since they all come with heaping sides. I loved their happy hour deals, $20 for a pitcher of margarita that equalled at least 8 drinks. Great way to start a Friday night

As a large franchise this place delivers and does not skimp on quality products. I'm from a country of meat so BBQ is just up my street (that rhymed, totally unintentional) so I knew I was going to enjoy this place. They have a great selection of ribs, chicken, brisket, sausages, and all types of sides. My go to is the moist brisket with the corn bread + mac and cheese. But don't want to be bias here, all the sides are spot on. The atmosphere is casual, full of laughter and families. In terms of service, you have a waiter but you do have to go up to the counter with a tray and get your food, they ring it up and your waiter does the rest + drinks. If you have any room leftover try one of their desserts - yummy yummy!