My wife and I traveled 697 miles on a two day road adventure trip around the natural state of Arkansas. Our first stop was Marianna, 3 hours and 45 minutes from our home. Jones Bar-B-Q Diner is a 4th generation family owned business. The current Mr. James Jones has been in the kitchen since 1964. His wife Betty of 40 years and Mr. Jones live upstairs above the diner. Mr. Jones won a James Beard Award in the America’s Classics category in 2012. This award is similar to a Academy Award for food. Mr. Jones is a legend and I wanted to meet him and experience the moment at this legendary BBQ place.
The menu is one item, pulled pork sandwich with or without cole slaw served on Wonder sandwich bread. You can also pick up Lays chips and a regular Coca Cola in a can. The sandwiches are $3.50 each and they sell out every day. We called ahead and ordered our sandwiches. We arrived a few minutes after 11:00am on a Thursday morning. I am telling you I was excited and honored to meet Mr. Jones. Plus we were also hungry and I had a Big Red(s) in the ice chest ready to go. We ordered 4 sandwiches, ate two sandwiches in the adventure vehicle and saved the other two sandwiches for a later time
The diner is small with only two tables and people were lining up just after we arrived. We had great timing for our first road adventure day. On Saturday evening at home, my wife took the meat from the remaining sandwiches and added it as one of the toppings for a home-made pizza.
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