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City Market

633 E. Davis St., Luling, TX - (830) 875-9019
Unlike many of the great, rough-around-the-edges barbecue restaurants in this region, the City Market is actually comfortable. Eat your meat plain or sauced. While sauce is generally not part of the equation of great barbecue in Texas, City Market does make significant barbecue sauce – a spice-speckled, dark orange emulsion that is coveted by customers.
95% Approval Rating (41 votes)

Scorecard

5 - Overall: Legendary - Worth driving from anyplace
Overall: Legendary - Worth driving from anyplace
sausage
mutton
brisket
ribs

Highlighted Reviews

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Michael Stern - Photos (9)
Roadfood.com Editor
"Luling has two great claims to culinary fame: the annual watermelon thump, a festival presided over by that year’s Watermelon Queen, and the City Market, which is one of the defining barbecue parlors of the Southwest. The meats to eat are succulent pork ribs, beef ..."   [Read More]
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Rex R. Wright
December 22, 2007
"My friends and I all ride touring motorcycles, and we live in and around San Antonio. Several times each month we'll call each other up to arrange a lunchtime barbecue ride. More often than not we'll agree to meet at someone's house and ride over to City Market in ..."   [Read More]
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Steve L.
July 30, 2003
"City Market in Luling is one of the top three BBQ joints in Texas. Their only competition for the top spots comes from up the road in Lockhart at Smitty's Market or Black's BBQ. CM serves great beef brisket, sausage and pork ribs, period. The place has serious "joint" ..."   [Read More]

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Map & Web Site

633 E. Davis St., Luling, TX
(830) 875-9019

Hours & Policies

Seasons:Open Year Round
Meals Served:Lunch
Operational Hours:Always Call Ahead!
Credit Cards Accepted:No
Alcohol Served:No
Outdoor Seating:No
Reservations Accepted:No
Delivery Available:No
Takeout Counters:Yes
Sausage rings, brisket, and ribs: life is good at the City Market!
"Sausage rings, brisket, and ribs: life is good at the City Market!"
Michael Stern





Inside the pit room, you watch as your brisket and sausages are severed to order.
"Inside the pit room, you watch as your brisket and sausages are severed to order."
Michael Stern


This close view of a City Market sausage ring shows how succulent it is packed inside its natural casing: ready to burst!
"This close view of a City Market sausage ring shows how succulent it is packed inside its natural casing: ready to burst!"
Michael Stern


Not pretty, but pure pleasure for tastebuds, this assortment of Luling City Market meats includes brisket, mutton, and sausage.  Saltines, jalapeno peppers, and onions are for occasional tastebud-diversion.  And of course there is no plate:  pink butcher paper serves as a means of carrying food from the pit, a tray/platter, and a means of gathering all your bones and scraps at the end of the meal to discard them.
"Not pretty, but pure pleasure for tastebuds, this assortment of Luling City Market meats includes brisket, mutton, and sausage. Saltines, jalapeno peppers, and onions are for occasional tastebud-diversion. And of course there is no plate: pink butcher paper serves as a means of carrying food from the pit, a tray/platter, and a means of gathering all your bones and scraps at the end of the meal to discard them."
Michael Stern


Pickles are like peppers on the barbecue tray:  a good way to slap tastebuds awake when lulled into a happy stupor by a few pounds of delicious meat.  The bread helps tamp down fires ignited by hot sauce.
"Pickles are like peppers on the barbecue tray: a good way to slap tastebuds awake when lulled into a happy stupor by a few pounds of delicious meat. The bread helps tamp down fires ignited by hot sauce."
Michael Stern


Service is most informal.  Here's our carry-it-yourself tray of beverages, beans, sauce, bread, and pickles.
"Service is most informal. Here's our carry-it-yourself tray of beverages, beans, sauce, bread, and pickles."
Michael Stern


Brisket, sausage, onion, white bread, and Big Red!
"Brisket, sausage, onion, white bread, and Big Red!"
Jerry Toops


This is a shot of the staff inside City Market in Luling.
"This is a shot of the staff inside City Market in Luling."
Jerry Toops


One of the staff at the City Market pauses while sorting beans at a restaurant table.
"One of the staff at the City Market pauses while sorting beans at a restaurant table."
Michael Stern


If you insist on utensils, there's a box of them from which you can grab a flimsy plastic knife. It barely has the strength to sever the casing of a sausage. A good set of teeth in your mouth works better.
"If you insist on utensils, there's a box of them from which you can grab a flimsy plastic knife. It barely has the strength to sever the casing of a sausage. A good set of teeth in your mouth works better."
Michael Stern


An inauspicious location for a great Texas eat-place
"An inauspicious location for a great Texas eat-place"
Michael Stern



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