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  • dcbbq Apr 14, 2010 08:14 AM
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We'll be driving from Texas through Texarkana to Hot Springs, where we'll stop for the night; then to Little Rock and possibly stop for the night before heading on to Memphis and the Tennessee Kentucky thread. Possible meals include lunch around Texarkana, dinner and maybe breakfast in Hot Springs, lunch or dinner in Little Rock, and perhaps a stop on the road to Memphis if there's a good reason. We eat everything, although the wife is getting fed up with places that have no lighter options.

May thanks in advance

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  1. We've been to a down home place in Forrest City, The Wagon Wheel, that was great. Three cafeteria-style buffets, soup and salad, hot foods and desserts. A full menu as well. We we're there on new year's day and had great black-eyed peas, beans, greens a multitude of meats and fish and my husband and son said they ate "the best fried chicken in my life". Sweet, local and homey.

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    1. re: beequeen

      There's a Sawmill in Forrest City not sure about a Wagon Wheel......Uuuppps I see you corrected it.

      The Ole Sawmill Cafe @ 2299 N. Washington St., Forrest City, AR 870 - 630 - 2299

    2. oops! It was the Ole Sawmill Cafe.

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      Ole Sawmill Cafe
      2299 N Washington St, Forrest City, AR 72335

      1. Hot Springs.............

        Roland's BBQ @ 200 Higdon Ferry Rd., Hot Springs, AR. 501 - 625 - 3079. *

        http://www.rolandsbbq.com/index.php?p...

        McClard's BBQ @ 505 Albert Pike Rd., Hot Springs, AR. 501 - 623 - 9665.

        http://www.mcclards.com/

        Purity Bar B Que Restaurant & Lounge @ 1000 Malvern Ave., Hot Springs, AR. 501 - 623 - 4006. *

        http://www.puritybbq.com/

        Stubby's BBQ @ 3024 Central Ave., Hot Springs, AR. 501 - 625 - 1552. *

        1. Gene's Barbecue and Family Restaurant @ 1107 N. Hwy. 17, Brinkley, AR. 870 - 734 - 9965. *

          Nick's Bar B Que @ Hwy. 13 N., Carlisle, AR. 870 - 552 - 3887.

          http://www.nicksbq.com/

          Al's BBQ @ 3956 O St. North, Ft. Smith, AR. 479 - 783 - 6986.

          Ralph's Pink Flamingo BBQ @ 2801 Old Greenwood Rd., Ft. Smith, AR. 479 - 649 - 7427. *
          http://www.pinkflamingobbq.com/Site/W...

          Rivertowne BBQ @ 205 S. 3rd St., Ozark, AR. 479 - 667 - 1808. *

          http://www.rivertownebbq.com/

          Greg & Jim's Grocery @ Hwy 306, Colt, AR. 870 - 633 - 0541. *

          Pruett's Bar B Que @ 108 E. 8th St., Lonoke, AR. 501 - 676 - 2622.

          Whole Hog BBQ @ 4501 Burrough Rd., Ft. Smith, AR. 479 - 646 - 2227. *

          http://www.wholehogcafe.com/

          Rivertowne BBQ @ 205 S. 3rd St., Ozark, AR. 479 - 667 - 1808. *

          http://www.rivertownebbq.com/

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          1. re: Littleman

            I don't know why I put Ft. Smith on here. You are not going through Ft. Smith. On your way in from TX here's a couple in TX just off I 30.

            Nana's Family Diner @ 1026 North Center St/, New Boston, TX 903 - 628 - 0700. I30/EXIT201.
            Blaylock BBQ @ 2310 North Jefferson Ave., Mt Pleasant, TX 903 - 572 - 1561. I30/EXIT162B.
            Bodacius BBQ @ 100 West Ferguson Rd., Mt Pleasant, TX 903 - 572 - 7860. I30/EXIT162.

            Just before you get to Texarkana at EXIT 208 is a good one. Right off I 30 on N Side across from truck stop. Good BBQ ole country store type place very friendly clean and nice folks.

            Ramage Farms Country Store @ 901 Main St., Hooks, TX 903 - 547 - 6187. I30EXIT208. BBQ.
            http://www.ramagefarms.com/

            Before you get to LR here's a few stops in Benton.

            Ed and Kay's Restaurant @ 15228 Interstate 30 N., Benton, AR 501 - 315 - 3663. I30/EXIT116. ***
            Rib Crib BBQ @ 1600 Military Rd., Benton, AR 501 - 778 - 9600. I30/EXIT118.
            http://www.ribcrib.com/index.html
            Smokey Joe's BBQ @ 824 Military Rd., Benton, AR. 501 - 315 - 8333.
            http://www.smokeyjoesbenton.com/

            When you pass LR and want to stop there's Pruett's in Lonoke, Nick's in Carlisle, Gene's in Brinkly and The Sawmill in Forrest City.

            You should make it to Memphis now. Good luck.

          2. If you come to Memphis, you must have BBQ and Central BBq is the best. I'm a Kansas girl and I thought KC was the best, (sorry Texas) but Memphis Q rocks and Central is the best around. As for a light options? Right around the corner on Cooper street there is Cafe 1912 and going the other direction on Cooper is Soul Fish. For a fancier option there is Grace, but you would need reservations for that one.

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            1. re: zinniagirl

              For Little Rock, I'd recommend Whole Hog Cafe for barbecue if you're going for a quick, affordable lunch or dinner. Its the best barbecue in LR.

              For LR fine dining, look no further than Ashley's at the Capital.