You know, Hill Country is really not amazing barbecue. I mean, it looks the part and how can you fault any place that sells decent sausages blah blah blah – but for anybody who has spent anytime in the South, it’s merely ok. Of course, Hill Country is manna from heaven compared to Rockland’s in Arlington. A while back I had the chance to get to Arlington as part of a meetup now that I am in the world of parents.
As a meetup joint, it’s actually pretty good. You walk in and order at the counter – Chipotle style and then go and find a seat. There is a small patio with picnic tables and such – the place clearly looks the part. On a nice day, it’s pleasant to chill and have some adult beverages. But this is a long way from an endorsement as a BBQ restaurant.
After all, there is the food. I ordered a blackened catfish sandwich – the fish was blackened but you tasted more burn than seasoning. Catfish is hard to mess up – but it was a tad on the overcooked side anyway. The pulled pork sandwich the life partner got was not distinguished either. I got a side of mac and cheese, which was perfectly competent, but nothing special and the slaw lacked flavor. Overall, this place succeeds more as a setting for a happy hour than any sort of achievement of smoky meaty goodness.