Monday, April 12, 2010

A Nostalgic Detour

I'm visiting friends and family in Arkansas, and this past weekend a few of us went to Oaklawn Park to watch thoroughbred racing. En route to the racetrack in Hot Springs, we made a pilgrimage to one of my favorite barbecue eateries in the world.

It had been more than 20 years since I last stepped into one of the booths at McClard's Bar-B-Q. They've added tamales to the menu since the late 1980s, but longtime patrons seem to go there to eat one of two entrees: the ribs or the pulled pork.

For the past 82 years, McClard's has been tickling the tummies of patrons. Interestingly, McClard's most popular entree when the restaurant opened in the late 1920s was barbecued goat.