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Prause’s Meat Market
Review by: Jane & Michael Stern
Prause’s primarily is a meat market, not a full-service restaurant. But it is a great place to eat. If you like barbecue, it is a must! Any day at lunch, find a place in the line that snakes under a wall covered with animal heads and feel your appetite mount as the aroma of warm beef fills the air.
Order meat by the pound (for brisket) or by the link (sausage). Beef is cut to order on the butcher block in the front room, which really is the market selling raw meat to cook-at-home customers. Sausage links and sliced brisket are arranged on a thick cardboard plate; and both are so juicy that no barbecue sauce is wanted. On the side you get white bread and/or saltine crackers. After waiting in line to get this prize meal, carry it yourself to the back room, stopping, if necessary, to grab some plastic silverware. (Most customers eat with fingers.)
The back room is outfitted with communal tables so that diners can sit elbow to elbow and gnaw away. Overhead, a spillover of game trophies from the front room looks down: suitable decoration for a room full of happy carnivores.
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