My husband and I dined at Luling City Market last night. I had heard and read for years how great it was, a Houston BBQ institution. We happened to pass by so we thought, yeah we'll give it a try. Upon entering the place was dirty looking and filled with elderly neighborhood types at the bar. We proceeded to the area where you can order. The menu was almost non-existent. Brisket, ribs, sausage and I think chicken. The guys working behind the counter were not helpful or welcoming. It was kind of a ""what do you want"" atmosphere. I ordered the brisket plate and was only offered one side (it's supposed to come with two), and I had the potato salad. My husband ordered the brisket a and sausage plate and the coleslaw (his order also sans the second side). We were offered bread and the guy stuck his bare hand in the bag and pulled out two slices. We went over to the ""condiment bar"" which consisted of white onion cut into 1"" wide slices and some cheap dill pickles. If you want the ""good"" pickles you have to pay for them!!! It was expensive enough as it was. I spent 28.00 on a little brisket and a bad side. We sat down, ready to dig into what a lot of people have touted as the best bbq in Houston. What a disappointment. The brisket was dry, tasteless and the outside was so hard it felt like swallowing broken glass. The sauce was not good but made the meal palatable. The potato salad was bland (but edible when doused with the sauce) and the coleslaw equally as bland. We would not recommend this place to anyone (we like) and will not be returning.
Cons: dry brisket, bland sides, service, dirty, value