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Jones Bar-B-Q Diner

219 W. Louisiana St., Marianna, AR - (870) 295-3802
Posted By Cliff Strutz on 12/6/2013 10:15:00 PM
If you like your Roadfood restaurants humble, with a monomaniacal menu, have we got a place for you! Jones Bar-Q-Diner is located in a quiet residential neighborhood in tiny Marianna, AR, an hour west of Memphis. There is a sign in the parking lot that says open since 1964, but owner James Jones told us the restaurant's roots go back 150 years! Despite recently garnering well-deserved national attention, nothing has changed and locals still flock to the place.

All you will find on the menu is pork barbecue sandwiches on cheap white bread, with or without cole slaw. Mr. Jones cooks pork shoulder/Boston butt for hours over hickory and oak, resulting in tender pulled pork with a remarkably clear smokiness. Nothing else is needed for meat of this quality, but the thin, slightly sweet, vinegar barbecue sauce is the rare sauce that truly enhances the flavor. So simple and yet so good! There are no sides and if you want something to drink, just grab a soda out of the refrigerator.

The doors open at 7:00AM everyday but Sunday and they are frequently out of 'que by noon. Knowing this, we arrived shortly after they opened and my girlfriend and I enjoyed barbecue for breakfast. After just two bites, she leaned over and whispered, "We are going to need more sandwiches!"

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5 - Overall: Legendary - Worth driving from anyplace
Overall: Legendary - Worth driving from anyplace
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You can get your pork barbecue sandwich with or without cole slaw.  'With' does add texture to the sandwich.
"You can get your pork barbecue sandwich with or without cole slaw. 'With' does add texture to the sandwich."
Cliff Strutz





What could be better for breakfast at 7:00AM than a world-class pork barbecue sandwich?
"What could be better for breakfast at 7:00AM than a world-class pork barbecue sandwich?"
Cliff Strutz


The sandwiches come wrapped in foil on paper plates.
"The sandwiches come wrapped in foil on paper plates."
Cliff Strutz


Owner James Jones, although he is known to locals as Mr. Harold.
"Owner James Jones, although he is known to locals as Mr. Harold."
Cliff Strutz


The inside is only two tables, but is attractive and well kept.
"The inside is only two tables, but is attractive and well kept."
Cliff Strutz


The entire menu is pork barbecue, either by pound or by sandwich.
"The entire menu is pork barbecue, either by pound or by sandwich."
Cliff Strutz


Don't forget to sign the guest book.  They've had customers stop in from as far away as Yemen.
"Don't forget to sign the guest book. They've had customers stop in from as far away as Yemen."
Cliff Strutz


Jones Bar-B-Q Diner is thought to be one of the oldest African-American owned businesses in the US.  Mr. Harold lives above the landmark restaurant.
"Jones Bar-B-Q Diner is thought to be one of the oldest African-American owned businesses in the US. Mr. Harold lives above the landmark restaurant."
Cliff Strutz



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