The interior decor of the restaurant today is
Windows and walls from other places divide the
The restaurant is vast. Up front, there's a bar for those 21 and older on the right when you enter. The bakery counter is on the left. Straight back, there are two large dining rooms near the counter -- where you pay for your food and where you can pick up your meals to go. And there's even more space in the back for group functions.
There are a lot of things on that menu, such as the fried pickles, which are hamburger dills very lightly breaded with flour, salt and pepper and served up in a fat pile with Ranch dressing.
There are burgers... many burgers... including an outstanding mushroom and swiss burger just slathered in 'shrooms and cheese. And there's the Rita burger, which comes with several thick slices of avocado under its beef patty and lettuce. Burgers come with chips, but you can pay a little extra and get fries or onion rings. And you should... see why below.
|Pulled pork plate with coleslaw and onion rings.|
|Beef brisket plate with baked potato and coleslaw.|
We first discovered Hoots BBQ through two almost simultaneous incidents. In August 2012, my friend Cindy Smith was telling me about this place I absolutely had to try in her hometown. Either right before that or right after, while photographing slices of pie and fried pies for Arkansas Pie, Grav had been dragged off the road by that smoke... and he brought me a half pound of the brisket after dining there himself. We were both hooked.
|My favorite thing of all at Hoots BBQ - |
a beef brisket stuffed baked potato.
Communications team to dine there in November of that year, and Kerry Kraus and I had to make a return visit before heading back to Little Rock a few days later.
It was also where a bunch of us ended up in April 2013, the day George Takei came to the town for the dedication of the World War II Japanese American Internment Museum in the town's old rail depot. In fact, I was sitting in one of the dining rooms when I received a message that my photo had ended up all over the web... but that's another story.
Those baked beans are
He got both of our servings of potato salad, since I had forgotten the mayo-based big chunk salad included pieces of pork as well. Grav says the potato salad is really good with bits of meat in it, and those bits are really smoky.
Hunter surprised both of us by asking for a pork barbecue sandwich with her kids meal.
The coleslaw is slightly sweet, chopped fine, and it's good on the sandwiches. It's decent here, too.
I went for half a smoked chicken. The smoked chicken at Hoots BBQ in McGehee is a little small but very juicy, even the breast. The skin was a little peppery and sweet. I bet that's the rub coming through. I had to wash my hands afterward. The coleslaw is fine and a little sweet with the barest touch of vinegar. #arkansasfood #bbq #mcgehee #barbecue #hoots
Hoots BBQ in McGehee also offers burgers, entrees, a four egg brisket filled omelet and steak. We noticed a lot of steak being consumed. The specials tonight are BBQ Nachos and a Piggy Pie - similar to a Frito chili pie but with pulled pork and barbecue sauce. #arkansasfood #bbq #mcgehee #barbecue #hoots
They were magnificent. I loved the homemade icing on the Italian cream cake... and the three of us took turns eating that blueberry cheesecake straight out of the box with the plastic forks stuck into our bag.
Sadly, David passed away June 2nd. He was the sort of guy who knew everyone and never met a stranger. The restaurant continues on, though. It's the heart of a community now, and I can see it staying such for generations to come.
2008 US-65, McGehee, AR 71654