Forrest City has long been a gas-up-and-go sauce for crossing the Arkansas Delta on Interstate 40 and US Highway 70. But finding good barbecue hasn't always been easy. The old Hickory House BBQ a few doors down from the location we visited Sunday has been gone for years, replaced with a Kickin' Chicken. It was an old fashioned restaurant with barbecue on white bread and... well, milkshakes.
Can you really have good barbecue in a hip, clean environment like this?
Yes, to a point. I'll get to that point in a minute.
Delta Q's menu covers so many things, from barbecue standards to egg rolls, nachos and salads. The tiny print on a single oversized sheet is a bit overwhelming.
Seriously, though, the scent of those pork rinds was ridiculously good, and both times I've gone I've watched my dining companions happily crunch away. It's cruel. Is there something akin to this with, say, lamb? *sigh*
Fat French fries and peppery coleslaw. And now they are all mentioned.
Our second visit, Hunter went with the burger sliders -- and they were just gone, like that. I mean, inhaled gone. She loved them. She says they were really good and I would trust her on that... but she immediately went to scrounging chips and some of my mac and cheese and hankering for pie (we'll get to that).
There are some in my social circle that have debated whether Delta Q is good barbecue or, please pardon the expression, "white people barbecue," or even mediocre. All of them tend to argue the merits of Delta Q's pork.
Oh, I should mention, there is sugar-sweetened Mountain Dew in the cooler, along with cream soda and root beer. And the bathrooms are nifty-clean.
You'll find Delta Q at 1112 N. Washington near downtown Forrest City. It's open seven days a week (a rarity for Delta 'cue joints) and you can see what's happening on its Facebook page.