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McClard's Bar-B-Q

505 Albert Pike, Hot Springs, AR - (501) 623-9665
Posted By Karen Lanehart on 3/9/2007 1:07:00 PM
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 McClard's. The wait may seem long but is never more than 10 minutes.

My favorite things are the ribs, pork sandwich, homemade fries, cole slaw and of course the tamale spread. The ribs are tender and the meat literally falls off the bone. The pork is juicy and tender. The fries are homemade, which is so hard to find these days. Try them dipped in the bar-b-q sauce! The cole slaw is finely chopped and lightly sweet. And you have to try the tamale spread, which is tamales topped with beans, chopped meat, Fritos, cheese and onions. No one has anything like it. Drinking an ice cold beer with your meal is a great complement to the sting of the sauce.

Read the delightful story of how the restaurant got started on the back of the menu while you're waiting for your food. "Best in State since 1928" is an understatement since McClard's has the best bar-b-q in the country!

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5 - Overall: Legendary - Worth driving from anyplace
Overall: Legendary - Worth driving from anyplace
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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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