|STRONG: You can taste the bourbon in Ralph's Chocolate |
Bourbon Pecan Pie. (Grav Weldon)
The pie, thank goodness, is pork free and smooth — and a little on the alcoholic side, if you catch my drift.
I’ve been quizzing the folks up in Fort Smith about good pies since I started on my trek, and the big thing I was told was I couldn’t have the best pies any more. Those were sold at Dora’s, which went out at least a year ago. But I could have a good pie at Ralph’s. Still, I’d get up there and they’d be closed. Every time.
Well, they can’t help that I kept coming up on Sunday and Monday for my stories — they’re closed those days. It’s a family operation and time off is very important.
|LOUD AND PROUD: Trophies and ribbon showcased|
in brightly painted splendor. (Grav Weldon)
|COMFORTABLE DIGS: Ralph's inside. (Grav Weldon)|
|My pie. (Kat Robinson)|
They love bright colors inside, as we discovered on our visit there. I wanted a substantial lunch along with my pie quest, but the first stop was to the pie case. Within were a plethora of chocolate covered strawberries on plates, plated slices of strawberry cake… and slices of what appeared to be chocolate pecan pie.
|BUN OBLITERATOR: The BBQ pork sandwich. Note|
the sausage link. (Grav Weldon)
|The side view. (Grav Weldon)|
|And don't forget the onion.|
|PILE OF MEAT: Atop the stuffed|
baked potato. (Grav Weldon)
|Even the beef stuffed baked potato comes with|
a pork sausage link. (Grav Weldon)
I saw one of my favorites and went for it, the BBQ Stuffed Potato ($6.50), which you can have stuffed with your choice of meat. I went for shredded beef. I was directed over to a specialty bar on the side after my purchase to apply the desired accoutrements. In addition to the shredded Cheddar and sour cream I added, there were real hunks of bacon, butter, multiple types of pickle and some peppers to boot. Nice add-ons. And that potato was piled just as high with the ‘cue as the sandwich was. Substantial amounts of smoked beef were standing tall on my potato, which was close to a pound in itself. That’s a meal.
|LOOK AT THAT. All those chocolate chunks...|
Ralph’s Pink Flamingo BBQ is open Tuesday and Wednesday 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Thursday through Saturday 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Don’t go those other days — no one’s going to be there. (479) 649-RIBS (7427) or check out the website.