Stop at Hoots BBQ While You’re on Spring Break!


Have you heard? Hoots BBQ in McGehee is a statewide favorite for readers of AY Magazine.

After being named “best desserts” in our March 2019 issue, people are making the trip to the small town in southeast Arkansas for its delicious bread puddings, Italian cream cake and strawberry cake.  So if you have Highway 65 on your Spring Break route next week, make sure to go when the restaurant is open. Susie Powell will greet you with a hug and a smile.

And mom and dad can get a drink in the full bar while the kids eat a plate of ribs and spaghetti.  The menu is so varied, and everything is so good.

Here’s a little bit about the restaurant:

“McGehee is off the beaten path for many. But, if you are traveling to the beach, Louisiana or Mississippi, you have to pass Hoots. And though you walked in for the barbecue, Susie says, “you’ll walk out with dessert.” That’s why readers to AY Magazine voted Hoots BBQ “best dessert” in the state of Arkansas. That’s a first-place nod for a first-rate restaurant that, in the late 1940s, was a cattle barn on Highway 65.

The story goes like this: Susie and David Powell, then 47 and 63, were recently retired and sipping Cabernet Sauvignon from their stemmed glasses on the Gulf Coast when they looked at each other and said, “We can’t live like this.” This was after buying what every couple thinks is the picture of retirement – a motor coach to travel and see the country. That’s when David suggested they open a restaurant. “What kind?” asked Susie. “Barbecue,” he said. She countered: “David, I can’t open a BBQ restaurant! I’ve never smoked a piece of meat in my life.” That was the last time she could say that.”

Find out more about Hoots BBQ here!

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