Monday April 21 cont.
After relaxing at the hotel for a few hours, we started the long drive north of the metroplex to the small town of Tioga, the home of Clark's Outpost
I thought this place would be much more out in the middle of nowhere, but it is obvious that civilization is rapidly creeping closer. There was a Sonic no more than a mile down the road.
Clark's has the look of a place that hasn't changed a thing in decades and has the wonderful, powerful smell of cooked meat that all great barbecue parlors should. There is a big western scene mural in the back dining room and plenty of Gene Autry photos, which makes sense since Tioga is Mr. Autry's hometown.
As an appetizer, Johnny chose the tamales, which I thought was an interesting choice.
I don't think this was the traditional tamales, but covered in chili and cheese, they were terrific. Good choice!
Both Johnny and I went for the combination plates, with brisket and pork ribs. Here is mine, along with sides of beans and coleslaw.
The beans are actually called smoked barbecue beans and they seem to have a good deal of their own wonderful barbecue sauce in the beans. These beans are sweet, with cut up pieces of meat in them and are so good! Johnny was particularly impressed by the cole slaw, which was creamy and not too sweet. He said that is exactly how he likes his cole slaw.
But the sides couldn't compare to the quality of the meat itself. The brisket is incredibly tender and flavorful, with a delicious crusty outside. You could really taste the smoke. Here is a close up:
This brisket needs no sauce and I could have sat there and eaten pounds of this alone!
And even though this is beef country, the big, meaty pork ribs were exceptional.
Now, we both did put some sauce on the ribs, but these could have stood on their own, too.
The most unusual side was ordered by my cousin and is fried corn on the cob, which comes with nails driven into the sides.
Neither one of us had seen this before, but Johnny thought it was quite good.
Despite all the food we just devoured, we still had room for pie. We should have known just how big the pies were going to be. Johnny went for the coconut cream and I went for the dense, fudgy chocolate cream.
The pie was so tall, it reminded me of the mile high pie they used to serve at Stone's
As we were leaving Clark's Outpost
, we both agreed that this was head & shoulders our best meal of the trip. I loved this place! http://clarksoutpost.com/
Since Johnny wanted to stop in at least one Sonic during the trip, we made a quick visit for beverages. He enjoyed his cherry limeade, but my pineapple shake was awful.
Back to the hotel for the night.
Much more to come.....