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Luling City Market Bar-B-Q Restaurant & Bar - 56 Reviews - 4726 Richmond Ave, Houston, TX - Direct Selling Businesses Reviews - Phone (713) 871-1903

Luling City Market Bar-B-Q Restaurant & Bar

4726 Richmond Ave (at Kirby District)
Houston, TX 77027
(713) 871-1903
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Luling City Market Bar-B-Q Restaurant & Bar - Houston, TX


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I had hoped this would be a great BBQ restaurant after reading their website but the service was horrible and the sausage unedible and cold. I went as far as to complain to the tw...


While several of my friends enjoyed eating off of a sheet of paper, not a plate, I found the experience less than pleasant. The portions were smaller than other b-b-q houses in Ho...

Editorial review from Citysearch 8/7/2012

Fantastic sausage, shipped some to my parents in Dallas, they loved it more

How can you call yourself a BBQ place with this food 3/22/2011

This is by far the worse BBq place in the world. The service was horrible. The meats looked burnt and was really dry, and no BBQ sauce to dip the meat in. The sauce they did have was just hot sauce and they called it BBQ sauce. Also the setting was kinda like a chow line, and the sides, Potato salad or cole slaw was nasty as well. They also charged extra for pickles and bread. If you notice they put the meat on a paper and weigh it but before they do that they add bread to the weight and make you pay for that weight not just for the meat. I have never heard of a BBq place charging for bread. Last but not least the price was really high, 2 meats 1 side and a drink and 2 pickles is 16.50. I have been to some expensive BBQ places in my days but atleast the food is good unlike this place. PLEASE STAY AWAY. more

Worst sausage in town 10/21/2010

I had hoped this would be a great BBQ restaurant after reading their website but the service was horrible and the sausage unedible and cold. I went as far as to complain to the two workers that the sausage tasted a little sour but they shrugged and ignored me. I threw up five times last night after eating here. I've called the health department, hope no one else eats here. more

one of the better bbq in houston 9/10/2010

ribs are very good.brisket is very good ,but the homemade hot links - if you can take spicey is my favorite !. their home made salse is spicy and tasty too .i really like it as well. their side items are nothing special. more


Ok, this is NOT THE Luling city market, I repeat NOT. If you truly want the best BBQ in texas as voted in TEXAS MONTHLY 1 of only 10 that even made it in the mag and it's not in houston it's in downtown LULING next to the train tracks. BBQ is very you like it or you don't. I've eaten at over 60 BBG joints in my 45 years on this planet and I can say LULING CITY MARKET in LULING TEXAS is the best .Or at least the top 10 ever. I have been eating there since I was in collage at Sam Houston ,I would drive there on the weekends instead of going home and eat and swim at the bridge at the edge of town. When we go the river each year in the summer we have to stop and PIG out, you won't be left hungry. I gave this place a star because i had to it does not deserve even 1 star this was a family member who split from the LULING family. Cons: Don't eat here ever. more

I will never ever eat here 8/1/2009

I will never eat the nastyest bbq in the state of tx again. If you see their name on a sign keep driving. They have discusting food and even worse management. I would not even give them a star if the rating system would allow me to. I give them two thumbs down. Cons: sucky mgt more

WORST BBQ & Service 1/9/2009

Upon walking in the joint it is like a local neighborhood bar. Older white men hanging around the bar. The menu is very limited. I ordered the turkey, and when I saw it, it looked like turkey from a can. I tasted it and it tasted like fake turkey...meaning I dont believe that it was real turkey at all! So, I switched to chicken and it was black and tasted five days old. It had no smoke or seasoning flavor. The potato salad was tasteless. Wanted to add pickles, so went over to the condiment section and it was filled with GNATS. They were all over the pickles, onions, and relish. My friend ordered the sausage and it tasted like grease and some unknown meat. The ribs were dry and had no flavor. The coleslaw was mildew and caused my friend to gag. We left all the food on the table and left. Our meal was $28.00 (way over priced) Didnt even taste the beans. I would not be surprised if they picked it up and resused it. all the meat looked at least a week old. WORST food in my life. The service people was slow and just stood there looking at us. Pros: NON Cons: Thumbs down more

Nothing Like the ORIGINAL 12/10/2008

Having moved to Houston several years ago I was told about Luling City Market and how great it the food was. I passed by it and stopped with friends and was not very impressed with it. I am originally from Luling and had the best BBQ there, so the only thing good about this place is the name and nothing else.If you want good bbq worth the trip to Luling to get the best. more

Bad quality food 11/16/2008

I love BBQ and have eat at lots of BBQ places, this is by far the worse place I have eaten at. The place is a cafeteria style. They serve with their bare hands, the guy pick up my meat with his bare hands, no gloves. I had a plate of brisket and ribs with two sides potato salad and cole slaw. The meats were so dry making it difficult to swallow. The sides were not good and tasted old. It is over priced for the quality of the food. Would never go back there again. Cons: Dry meat, old tasting sides, over priced. more

BBQ Gone Bad 10/5/2008

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 more

Fantastic BBQ! 8/28/2008

Absolutely fantastic BBQ. It's a cafeteria style, they have brisket, ribs, sausage etc. I had the brisket and sausage combo. I'm not normally into brisket, but it was perfectly lean and tender. The sausage was great, just a little spicy but not too hot. They serve the food on paper, and the sauce is on the table. I read one of the other reviews said the beans were excellent - I wouldn't say they were anything special, but definitely good. If you want good barbecue in a casual ambience, you have to try this place. Pros: Fantastic BBQ Cons: Informal, cafeteria style - i didn't mind but might not be what you're looking for more

Unquestionably the best BBQ in Houston 6/26/2008

This is in an unlikeley location for a really good bbq joint (near the gallereria inside the loop). Being a student of both bbq joints and making bbq of all kinds, this placed surprised me. The ribs are very meaty and must be slow smoked for days to come out so good with fat rendered out of them. The sausage, chicken and turkey are all quite tasty too. If you rate your bbq on brisket, I only give these guys a B+ though. Don't take my word for it, let the people in point if you do not get there before 11AM for lunch, the line is out the door. Sauce (usually not noteworthy in most places) is unique and tasty. The chains like Pappas or Goode can't touch this! Pros: Real Texas BBQ Cons: Limited seating more

Pass 5/24/2008

Eaten there a couple of times. Not noteworthy. Living off the great reputation of the real BBQ joints near the real Lulling and west. Pros: A poor imitation want to be.... No pro here unless you maybe count distance to real Q. Cons: Poor imitation want to be. Pass more

Yucky and dry brisket... don't waste your money 4/26/2008

My husband and I favorite BBQ place is Salt Lick (Driftwood/Austin area). This is our baseline for all BBQ places we try. Unfortunately, this place is a bust. My brisket was very dry and my husband was a little more moist only because he has lots more fat. We would never go here again. I agree with other reviewers, drive out of town to get good BBQ. So far, we can't find any good BBQ place in Houston. We tried other places too (Goode, Pappas, Luthers), all not up to par. Cons: BBQ is not good, sides are not good more

I wouldn't bother! 4/18/2008

We were actually going to Bayou City for lunch, which we love, but when we smelled the BBQ we thought ""why not?"" I had never been here and I always heard it was really good. I'll never return! I had the potato salad and a sliced beef sandwich. The salad was so bland, the meat was dry and the bread was rock hard! I asked if I could add some slices of sausage to my sandwich and they said no! I had to buy the whole link which he didnt bother to slice! It definitely wasn't worth it! It was mushy and greasy. My friend had the ribs which he said were ok. Also, they are WAY overpriced! I didnt intend on spending $28 for a sandwich, salad, 3 ribs and 2 drinks! Goode Co. is still the best in town thats for sure! I'll never go back to this place again! more

Best in Houston 11/14/2007

I am sort of bias, it is not the best I have had because I believe that belongs to the Luling City Market in Luling. I lived in Sequin for 7-years and at least once a month would go over to Luling for lunch (being sure to take an extra shirt that day to change into afterwards, because after exiting the smoke room your cloths are saturated with BBQ smoke flavor, its TERRIFIC!)...However, I have now lived in Houston for 4-years and eating at the one on Richmond Ave the food to me is just as delicious to that in Luling (less the smoke room ambiance). You see I am a sausage lover (and would take sausage over brisket any day)...there is nothing better than placing a slice of sausage in a piece of pure white bread, then pouring the sauce on it for every bite and dringking it down with a cold Shiner. Love the sauce. If you don't like the BBQ at the City Market just leave Texas as we don't want you here... more

Awesome BBQ 7/28/2007

Great Ribs and BBQ sauce with a little kick, that's what I'm talkin' about... Somebody send Rachael Ray an e-mail to come on down to Texas for some real food. She'll be able to leave the fake smile at home when she wraps her lips around some of this Texas sausage!!! Luling City Market is one of my all time favorites!!! You gotta try it out... Pros: Great BBQ Sauce, Great Food Cons: On RIchmond, bit of a drive for me... more

City Market, Luling 7/12/2007

There is nothing out there like City Market. It is more than fabulous BBQ, the ambiance is one of a kind! I grew up on City Market food, and now that I am living in California, I send for it, and every time anyone in my family goes home, they are REQUIRED to bring some back! Love it1111 more

don't bother!! 5/27/2007

wow what a huge disappointment!! the place is old and thats ok, but almost on the dirty side! paper not a problem, I'm from texas so I do understand thats not out of the norm.....sausage was so greasy that it almost makes you sick.....sides are small(and not very good) too expensive for what you get! thats ok, I really don't compain about much,BUT the people there are so RUDE!! how do you stay in business?? If your heading to luling via I-10 stop at Mikeska""s or go alittle futher west on I-10 and stop at Fishbeck""s at least neither one of these places will turn off the light on you, or take your condiments while you still eating, or make you feel your bothering them two minutes after they stop serving....better yet just keep on 80 and go to lockhart.....good b-b-q, and they appreciate your business!! Pros: ????? Cons: rude people!! more
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A Central Texas Barbeque Restaurant & Mixed Drink Saloon

Owner Message

  • 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.. 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.


  • In Short
    Can't make it to the original? Houston's Luling City Market will serve up your barbecue, including a coarsely ground-beef sausage that still energizes a considerable fan club....

  • 3/28/2007 Provided by Citysearch

Additional information

  • Hours:

    Mon-Sat 11am-9pm, Sun 12am-7pm
  • Payments:

    Visa, American Express, Diner's Club, Master Card, Discover
  • Neighborhoods:

    Central, Afton Oaks/ River Oaks