We visited Hot Springs over Thanksgiving, and McLard's was among those the front desk employee at Comfort Suites recommended when I asked for good local eateries. This is a LONG-time family-run place that isn't in the tourist district. It's very casual, with a friendly staff and obviously a local clientele as well as visitors. We decided to order the sampler plate to split, and it was plenty for the two of us with ribs, sausage, brisket, slaw, fries, and an extra side of beans. They will put BBQ sauce on your order for you, or you can ask for it on the side and use the bottled sauce at the table.
This Arkansas/McLard's BBQ had a different flavor than we experience in Texas, but it was good. There were a lot of fries, and the slaw was tasty. The beans had an unusual (for us) taste that we didn't enjoy as much. However, we had quite enough to eat, to the point that we had to turn down the option of dessert. We'd recommend McLard's for the experience of a small, family-run business that continues to hold its own among much larger chains or places in tourist-centered locations in Hot Springs.
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