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mataus83

11/03/06

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Good food - limited selection

This place had some good Bar-B-Que and my girlfriend loved the brisket sandwich and the onion bun that it was served on. The option for sides was pretty limited with only potato salad, coleslaw, and pinto beans to choose from. I had the turkey and it was just okay so I think I'll try the chicken or brisket when I return.

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texas_flood

10/11/06

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Awesome brisket

Damn the brisket is good! Just the right balance of tender and smoky, not too dry not too fatty, and good and smoky! The closest you can get to Arthur Bryant's in Houston is by getting 12-16 oz of the sliced brisket and piling it on sliced bread with sauce smothered over each layer. Sauce is pretty good. I think it must be very high in sodium, though... a word of caution to those watching b.p. (""something"" pressure. Review won't let me use the word). At least... whenever I eat here I end up VERY thirsty.

I haven't tried anything else. The menu is fairly limited, and I was not interested in any of their sides. But who cares? Its a nice joint and they have awesome brisket. The ribs look delicious as well.

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texmexgirl

09/21/06

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Basic BBQ

Got my standard chopped beef sandwich, which is my test for any first time at a BBQ joint. No complaints about the brisket. It was just right - smokey and tender. I'm not a fan of the sauce, and the sides were pretty average. Nothing memorable here, but it's decent BBQ.

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davidderick

09/19/06

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LOVE texas, LOVE BBQ!!!!!

I make my own bbq ribs at home and always thought no one could compete, but Luling City has created a CRAVING in me for BBQ that I can't kick! I even bought some sauce to take home, and joked that I would put it on oatmeal at breakfast, it was THAT good! OK, so it's Saturday afternoon, and we went on a lark because we heard such good things about this place here on City Search.... so, in our jeans 'n t shirts, baseball caps and trainers, we headed down. The fork-tender brisket was loaded with incredible flavor... The sides were generous and the whole place oozed Southern charm! We will be back! Maybe tonight!

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sosume11

08/31/06

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My favorite may not be yours

One of the great things about barbecue is that it varies around the world. Texans know that Memphis barbecue and North Carolina barbecue are as different from what we know as barbecue in Texas as Cincinnati chili is different from Texas chili. I don't like cinnamon in my chili and I don't like cole slaw on a pulled pork sandwich with vinegar sauce. Nevertheless, there are people all over the country who do. I happen to love Luling City Market. I never ate at a barbecue joint growing up that didn't serve barbecue on butcher paper. But if you don't like not being served on plates, you are going to prefer to eat somewhere else. That doesn't mean, however, that this place is no good. It just means that it doesn't cater to your preference. Likewise, I love the homemade sausage and the mustard based sauce. The sausage is much more coarse with a firmer casing than the sausage most people are used to. It may not appeal to you. But that doesn't make it lousy. The sauce is not your typical tomato-based sauce...the kind that can run the gamut from bland bottled sauce to the delicious stuff served up at Good Company or Rudy's. It is different. I happen to love it even more than some of the best tomato-based sauces that I have tried. It may not be to your taste. That doesn't mean this place stinks. I also happen to love the hard, crunchy, blackened edge of a slab of brisket. At Luling, that part of the brisket is delectable. But I love the heart of the brisket and the classic ribs as well. And frankly, I find all pinto beans a bit boring, but these are as goos as theyget in my book. My point is, if you're going to go try Luling and you want to be happy with the experience, go with an open mind unencumbered by your sense of what does or does not constitute proper barbecue. This place may not be your cup of tea, but don't slam it just because it doesn't appeal to you.

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winglow

08/17/06

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Food overpriced, Food Quality Down and Very Rude Servers

The once proud and wonderful Luling City Market is gone. Oh they still sell food, but the service is rude to those that aren't regulars. I did not notice till I took others - I am a regular. I go because I like the people and the food. But as I sat with new diners to LLC I was amazed to see that the servers really did snarl at clients... and yes the BBQ is overcooked and priced. I was glad to hear these comments from others or I would not have noticed that LLC is gone. I eat at LLC weekly with friends but for the last four - five times, I have tried to be impartial... Oh brother - I was blind.

I am now convinced that it will just be a matter of time till they close when you consider that there are other great places like the old LLC people now out on Elderidge (Houston BBQ or Texas BBQ can't recall the name). There the people are great and they never over charge or sneer at you. LLC try to turn this around would you. Fix the personnel issues, reprice and reinvent your kitchen - ""Done"" is now how I would describe your eatery... but I would rather see in a few months a readers review that says WELL DONE ... but I don't expect you will overcome ""Food overpriced, Food Quality Down and Very Rude Servers"". I feel like I have lost a family friend.

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zan91

08/06/06

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Sauce Terrible, Meat Dry

I took a friend from out of town here the other day hoping for real Texas BBQ. We ordered 2 meat combo. (Brisket and Sausage). Food was served on butcher paper which was original. I was a little taken back by the price I paid. 2 meats, 2 sides, and a drink. $15 and change.

Brisket was DRY. Smoke flavor was there but did I mention DRY.
Sausage was not the usual Czech sausage. I'm not really sure what it was. Not my idea of good sausage.
The sauce which you find on the table tastes like mustard, ketchup, vinegar, and brown sugar. It's unique only because no one else would want to make it.
I only ate what I did because I felt like I had to after paying $15 for this. Half of my food was still on my paper when I left.

Most BBQ places have a scent of smoke & Texas. When you walk into this place you immediately walk through a bar area; so the only thing you smell is cigerette smoke. This place may be for a select few; but never again for me.

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neroflash

07/23/06

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1st try at Texas BBQ

Well it's my first taste at Texas BBQ and this place was good. I really don't have much to compare it with.
Ambiance: This a very casual place, all most like a country sports bar; Food: The ribs are pinkish tender moist with quite a bit of fat at the end of it, they tasted good; The Brisket was tender moist and tasty, the smoked turkey did not really have a smoked flavor and the sausage had a boudin like feel on the inside and felt smoked, The sauce: Great tasting sauce with a bit a spice(it was my favorite thing there); Service: Not much here its like ordering food at a deli or fast-food place.
Overall it was a good experience.

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caspianhiro

06/23/06

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My favorite BBQ

I like other styles of BBQ, but for the real Central Texas experience, and BBQ in General this is my favorite.

Houston BBQ also serves up the same style, with at one time the same cook, go to either place for their sides of the story.

Only a rookie gets the side items, it's all about the BBQ.

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somefarmboy

04/26/06

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who are you kidding?

this is about as boring as it gets , i remember Luling as a little kid and the food was much better than this stuff!

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skyview

04/21/06

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The Real Deal

Please read all the reviews and note that people who don't want their BBQ on paper or don't ""understand"" the sauce don't know anything about good BBQ. This is some of the best BBQ to be had in the Houston area bar none. Since you buy it by the pound you get exactly as much as you can eat! I always order too much so I eat too much. Dry sausage is a type of food, not an overcooked food item. Luling's dry sausage is to die for. The brisket can't be beat. The sides are only OK but they are not the reason you go here. This place has the best consistant Central Texas Style BBQ in the Houston area.

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malinda_col

08/29/05

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Memories..

This place has been a favorite of my family since they opened, I can't remeber a time that the food was ever anything less than amazing. I had them cater my wedding we love it so much. I try to make the drive from Conroe at least once a month just to have thier food! My fovorite is the sausage and the sauce! A close second is the atmopshere and they treat you like old friends!

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texmex1

08/23/05

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Keeps Getting Better!!

This place just keeps getting better!
The brisket rocks as always and the sauce is a nice departure from the ""standard"" BBQ sauce all over Houston.

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ramcoach1

07/13/05

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sauce needs work

great brisket, ok ribs, good sausage, yuk strange sauce, add Goode Co.'s sauce and you have a real winner

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psholly

04/27/05

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User review by psholly

Stay on the plane my friend - this food was not worth going across the street let alone making a plane stop. The slaw and potato salad were okay, the brisket was flavorful but very dry, the pork ribs were like jerky and thank goodness the sausage was excellent. Eating off a piece of paper left a lot to be desired also. We drove across town on the recommendations of many good reviews but now I think they just don't put the bad reviews up. Anyway, I have eaten a lot of bbq in my day and this is pitiful...for their sake I hope it was just a bad day. I won't go back to find out!!

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asuche03

03/18/05

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Flying to Houston for BBQ

Best damn BBQ I've ever had. I'm flying from Phoenix to New York on business next month. I scheduled an overnight layover in Houston, just so I could get some BBQ from this place. If it weren't for the humidity, I might move to Houston!

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jonr10

02/10/04

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Best Brisket Anywhere

The place may be inauspicious, but the brisket is the best I have ever tried! It melts in your mouth and cuts with a fork, you don't even need a knife. I also love the slightly-spicy and unique homemade sauce. A place for true brisket lovers...

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rruffian

12/24/03

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Old School BBQ

Luling BBQ cooks it as it should be. The meat has a great taste, excellent smoke ring and tender.

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pmatador

11/16/03

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Luann platter

Luling City is definitely a great addition to all of the big city BBQ. I just moved over from Austin a couple of years ago and found that Luling City is the only place in town that can even compare to the BBQ I was used to, living in the Hill Country. Oh yeah, if you complain about not having a plate to eat off of, then you might want to stick with Luby's, they have plenty of plates readily available.

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litebulbcw

11/07/03

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Luling City Market

City market is great, but to fully experience the taste a trip to the original in luling must be made, i was raised on that original bbq and wont settle for anything else. it is an awesome place with history that goes as far back as my grandfather eating there when he was a child.

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DETAILS

A Central Texas Barbeque Restaurant & Mixed Drink Saloon

General Info
Luling City Market was founded in 1981 in Houston Texas in an attempt to bring the distinct Central Texas barbeque style to the city. We cook our meat over Post Oak wood in specially designed pits. No gas is used for cooking our meat. All of the smoke flavor and the distinctive smoke ring are genuine. In addition, we make our own 100% beef sausage using the same recipe we have used for over 20 years. We grill fresh meat 7 days a week from brisket, chicken, turkey and pork ribs to our own home made sausage links. It's not ALL about Bar-B-Que. Our experienced long-time employees make delicious cole slaw, potato salad and pinto beans along with individual pecan pies and Texas size brownies. We have the perfect side dishes to compliment the best Bar-B-Que you'll ever experience. You may have heard of our distinctive Luling City Market Bar-Q-Que sauce. This tangy mustard based sauce has been one of our most popular items and we ship it all over the world. Our special sauce is so good you can use it on everything from meat, eggs and seafood to just plain old crackers. We make it here from a special recipe - you can't get it anywhere else, but you CAN get it from us. Click the 'Sauce' link above for more details.
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TollFree: 877-526-2271

Hours
Regular Hours
Mon - Sat:
Sun:
Categories
Barbecue Restaurants, American Restaurants, Bar & Grills, Bars, Caterers, Restaurant Delivery Service, Restaurants
Services/Products
We grill fresh meat 7 days a week from brisket, chicken, turkey and pork ribs to our own home made sausage links. We make delicious cole slaw, potato salad and pinto beans along with individual pecan pies & Texas sized brownies.
Payment Options
Price Range
$$
Location
Luling City Market is located in the Houston Galleria area.
Neighborhood
Central Houston
AKA

Burns Barbeque

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Other Information

Parking: Lot, Private

Wi-Fi: Free

Bike Parking: No

Attire: Casual

Wheelchair Accessible: Yes

Cuisines: Delivery, Caterers, Barbecue, American, Bar & Grills

Alcohol: Full Bar

Takes Reservations: No

Outdoor Seating: Yes

Price Range : Average

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