Fodor's Expert Review McClard's Bar-B-Que
Bill Clinton loved this old-fashioned barbecue spot as a teenager, and with good reason. Owned by the same family for five generations, McClard's is the place to use up a wad of napkins eating hickory-smoked pork ribs dripping in a slightly spicy, tomato-based, vinegary sauce—that is, after you dig them out from under a mound of hand-cut french fries. Seating here is limited, but the wait is worth it. Use your time to look around at what other guests are eating. Chances are, you'll see a Tamale Spread: a bed of tamales topped with Fritos, chopped beef, chili beans, cheese, and onions, with a generous splash of barbecue sauce on top and served with Saltines, Arkansas style. Locals rave about the barbecued chicken, available only on Wednesday.
505 Albert Pike Rd.
Hot Springs, Arkansas 71913, USA