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McClard's Bar-B-Q

505 Albert Pike, Hot Springs, AR - (501) 623-9665
Crowded, boisterous, and perfumed by the intoxicating aroma of smoked meats, McClard’s is a destination for serious barbecue connoisseurs from Hot Springs and beyond. Try the “rib and fry” plate, which is a rack of meaty bones with crusty edges and succulent insides completely covered over with a serving of superb French fried potatoes.
83% Approval Rating (37 votes)

Scorecard

5 - Overall: Legendary - Worth driving from anyplace
Overall: Legendary - Worth driving from anyplace
tamale spread
Chopped Pork Plate
Ice Tea
Milk Shake
rib and fry
Cole Slaw
Pork BBQ Sandwich
Hot Tamales

Highlighted Reviews

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Michael Stern - Photos (8)
Roadfood.com Editor
"Crowded, boisterous, and perfumed by the intoxicating aroma of smoked meats, McClard’s is a destination for serious barbecue connoisseurs from Hot Springs and beyond. In this 1942 stucco building that once offered toot-your-horn car-hop service, hordes of happy eaters ..."   [Read More]
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Karen Lanehart
March 09, 2007
"I grew up in Hot Springs and grew up eating at McClard's. My family loves it and every time we had out of town guests, they HAD to go to McClard's. I now live in Little Rock and will gladly drive 60 miles to eat there. I love the atmosphere which is distinct to ..."   [Read More]
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Lars Larsen
March 11, 2006
"My family and I have vacationed in the Hot Springs area for more than 20 years, but we never visited McClard's... until recently. I cannot possibly overstate how outstanding this place is. My mouth literally stood up at attention when I bit into the chopped (wet) ..."   [Read More]

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Map & Web Site

505 Albert Pike, Hot Springs, AR
(501) 623-9665

Hours & Policies

Seasons:Open Year Round
Meals Served:Lunch
Operational Hours:Always Call Ahead!
Credit Cards Accepted:No
Alcohol Served:Yes
Outdoor Seating:No
Reservations Accepted:No
Delivery Available:No
Takeout Counters:Yes
The flagship item on McClard's menu: a rib & fry plate. It's a perfect combination, finger food at its best. Beneath that layer of potatoes is a whole rack of lip-smacking ribs.
"The flagship item on McClard's menu: a rib & fry plate. It's a perfect combination, finger food at its best. Beneath that layer of potatoes is a whole rack of lip-smacking ribs."
Michael Stern





A textural (as well as taste-buds) adventure, McClard's tamale spread is a layered mountain of steamy corn tamales, spicy chili, crunchy Fritos, crisp raw onions, rich grated cheese, and hot barbecue sauce.
"A textural (as well as taste-buds) adventure, McClard's tamale spread is a layered mountain of steamy corn tamales, spicy chili, crunchy Fritos, crisp raw onions, rich grated cheese, and hot barbecue sauce."
Michael Stern


Pork lovers will swoon over McClard's chopped pork. It is hacked fine and brushed with hot sauce that teases every bit of savor from the fibers of the meat.
"Pork lovers will swoon over McClard's chopped pork. It is hacked fine and brushed with hot sauce that teases every bit of savor from the fibers of the meat."
Michael Stern


The perfect palate-refresher: fine, sweet cole slaw
"The perfect palate-refresher: fine, sweet cole slaw"
Michael Stern


The pork in the bbq sandwich comes chopped fine, covered in plenty of slaw and sauce.
"The pork in the bbq sandwich comes chopped fine, covered in plenty of slaw and sauce."
Cliff Strutz


McClard's does have beer, but ice tea and water seem to be the preferred beverages among Hot Springs BBQ hounds.
"McClard's does have beer, but ice tea and water seem to be the preferred beverages among Hot Springs BBQ hounds."
Michael Stern


If the tamale spread is too big for your appetite, fine-looking single tamales can be ordered.
"If the tamale spread is too big for your appetite, fine-looking single tamales can be ordered."
Cliff Strutz


This close view of the tamale spread shows the immense variety contained on a single plate.
"This close view of the tamale spread shows the immense variety contained on a single plate."
Michael Stern


The mural on the building next door lets you know what to order.
"The mural on the building next door lets you know what to order."
Cliff Strutz


A landmark barbecue parlor since 1928 when a customer at the McClards' trailer court couldn't pay his bill, and so offered a barbecue sauce recipe in place of cash.
"A landmark barbecue parlor since 1928 when a customer at the McClards' trailer court couldn't pay his bill, and so offered a barbecue sauce recipe in place of cash."
Michael Stern


This strawberry milk shake was more creamy than thick and was the perfect beverage for washing down the tamale spread.
"This strawberry milk shake was more creamy than thick and was the perfect beverage for washing down the tamale spread."
Cliff Strutz


Signs in and around McClard's are something special.
"Signs in and around McClard's are something special."
Michael Stern



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