Hays Co. Bar-B-Que in San Marcos, Texas and NEW …. Hays Co. Burgers and BBQ in Martindale, Texas (5 Stars for both!!)

Since I was making a day trip to  Dick’s Classic Garage Car Museum in San Marcos, Texas, I asked the Curator, Mr. Thom Fortney a good place to eat lunch nearby.  He suggested Hays County Bar-B-Que & Catering. Wow….GREAT recommendation Thom!!! Thanks!!


Upon my arrival to a rather simple looking restaurant, I see these two beautiful ladies leaving, (I asked and they confirmed it was a thumbs up BBQ joint!) …if it’s good enough for 2 Beauty Queens…



(Top Row)  Kyle Campbell and Jackson Miller  (Botton Row)  Zilah Miller and Caraline Miller  (Will update you on how our beauty queens did later :)) in their pageant in San Marcos as they promised to update me 🙂 (they were a nice family!)


The Self Family – Gerry Self enjoying a rib, next to Greg Self then Kristi Self (gray shirt) and Whitney Self (purple shirt) – all loved this place!

General Manager Jessie Miranda slices up some heavenly brisket (Loved Kim Rodriguez photo bombing him 🙂 ) 
Kimberly Rodriguez with help from Daniel Lucvano 
Senior Pit Master, Mr. Omar Serna has the most important job though…watching/cooking the MEATS!!! 🙂 


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Mr. Serna pointed out these beautiful Inca Doves
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New digs coming soon!!!
When Mr. Serna took me to view the Pit Area…it’s a carnivore paradise!!! But….it’s like walking into a sauna!!! The heat is unreal!!! Not sure how Mr. Serna does it!!!
Wow…I was excited to try it and was NOT disappointed!!! 🙂 


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I ordered the Sausage (non Jalapeno) Sandwich, Slice of Brisket and Beans.  The brisket darn near melts in your mouth…soooo good! The Sausage was VERY different from any other sausage I’ve had…hard to describe, but way more full of actual meat and flavor than typical and DAMN good!!! Mr. Serna, Sr. Pit Master said it was because they make their own sausage and it’s the high quality meat that goes into it. I just can tell you that I would EASILY, HIGHLY recommend either but after hearing one lady go on and one about their Turkey, I was sad I didn’t try that too as she made it sound sooooo wonderful!…Next time!!!   


And 2017’s Texas Monthly’s List of the 50 Best BBQ Joints  just came out days ago and guess who was on it again!

I had passed Hays Co. Burgers & BBQ on the way and wondered if the two places were connected but this one is a burger place in Martindale, Texas.  Yes, just opened and same owner.
(Left) Michael Hernandez, Jr. – (Right) Michael Hernandez, Sr.

I learned that Michael, son of Michael Sr. is helping run the Hays Co. Burgers & BBQ in Martindale, Texas and of course Dad is very involved too :).  As I had missed meeting Michael Hernandez, Sr. at the Hays Co. Bar-B-Que in San Marcos, he asked if I could stop by the burger place on my way home.  Soooo glad I did!! Although I was still stuffed beyond belief from the earlier BBQ, Mr. Hernandez insisted I had to at least try a bite of a cheeseburger…I did and yep….great, top-notch burger!! Also, the Hernandez family is just the kind of people you love to see as a success story!! Super nice, friendly and you can tell how passionate they are about only serving top-level food and how important that, cleanliness and customer service is to this family!! I’ll be keeping in periodic contact with them just because they are so nice too! (For sure gonna go back and eat at BOTH places too!). 


The lovely Ms. Maebeth Bagley, past Mayor of Martindale (1996-2004), Texas had just finished a delicious burger meal. As Mr. Mike Hernandez thanked her for visiting, come to find out Ms. Bagley’s Dad, Mr. David Bagley built the building in 1930 that now proudly bears the Hays Co. Burgers & BBQ sign and the safe that adorns the eating area was actually her grandfather’s safe – Mr. W.W. Bagley!! Small world! Too bad my photo didn’t do justice to Maebeth Bagley’s gorgeous blue eyes!!! Oddly enough, Ms. Bagley’s brother, Walter was also Mayor!

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(Left) Michael Hernandez, Jr. – (Right) Michael  Hernandez, Sr.  (Hard not to like this father and son duo…great guys with good, old fashion values and high food standards for sure!!!)


Thanks for stopping by and I’d give BOTH restaurants 5 stars!!!

Elizabeth and Max

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