It’s only fitting, that I, lover of Mickey Mouse, would fall for a barbecue joint in Hot Springs with my favorite mouse’s namesake. If you know me or know my writings, then you know my affinity for Mickey Mouse and Disney in general, I digress. I drove by “Mickey’s” for years before ever stopping. Guess #1 – I was never in the mood for Barbecue whilst driving by. #2 – Maybe I thought it didn’t have the upscale appeal that I’m accustomed to, or #3 – Mickey Mouse wasn’t outside signing autographs. One thing is for sure, it did not lack charm, that’s why I’ve nicknamed it Hot Spring’s Hidden Gem.
The quaint appearance of this restaurant is unique, almost cavernous as it sits on the outskirts of town and at the foot of Hot Springs Mountain. Every time I passed by, I could not help but notice the amount of cars in the parking lot and often wondered how so many people could fit in that tiny building. One day it DAWNED on me; yes I said dawned, ~ this place must be amazing! The space was definitely cozy, but what it lacked in size it gave tenfold in extraordinary customer service and unbridled enthusiasm. Now, what to my wondering eyes should appear, No, not eight tiny reindeer, better yet – vintage Mickey Mouse as decoration, oh dear. They had me at the name and now they have my heart, but will my taste buds love them as much as the rest of me that was the question. (Insert creepy organ music here)
I’m ecstatic to tell you, the food was exceptional. I was like a vulture voraciously eating its prey and I’m positive I looked quite repulsive, as do vultures. They had all the usual fixings you would expect of a Barbecue place: Potato Salad, Pork, Beef, Cole Slaw and Beans, you name it, I devoured it. This place had character in every possible way and we know from this blog post alone, I love character/s!
When you find yourself in Hot Springs National Park, which by the way is the oldest unit in the national park system, 40 years older than Yellowstone National Park, stop by Mickey’s Barbeque. An important lesson was also learned; never judge a book by its cover or you’ll be the one missing out or in this case, five lb.’s lighter, but worth every delectable pound.
Mickey’s CMB Barbecue
Phone: (501) 624 1247
1622 Park Ave, Hot Springs, AR 71901