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Journeys of Discovery: Hot Spring’s legendary Deluca’s Pizzaria and McClard’s timeless Barbeque


Tucked away on a side street in downtown Hot SpringsDeluca’s Pizzeria repeatedly wins rave reviews for their homemade pizzas. Chef and owner, Anthony Valinoti regularly wins accolades including one of Arkansas’s ten best Pizzas and consistently number one in Hot Springs. Join correspondent Tom Wilmer at Deluca’s for a visit with chef Valinoti.

Back in 1928 Alex and Alice McClard opened a Hot Springs motor court where they served goat with a killer barbeque sauce. Goat is no longer on the menu at McClard’s Barbeque but 92 years later the diner, and the legendary barbeque sauce remains as a must do Hot Springs experience.


McClard's has remained as a mandatory stop for President Bill Clinton since he was a student at Hot Springs High. When Al Roker stopped in for dinner, he loved McClard’s so much he raved about it on his NBC network show which further propelled the legend of McClard’s. Join Alex and Alice McClard’s great grandson, Scott McClard for the rest of the story.

This show was originally broadcast October 16, 2020 and is reposted as a “best-of-the-best” podcast in celebration of Journeys of Discovery’s 31st  anniversary producing on-air and digital media podcasts featured on KCBX and NPR One.

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Tom Wilmer produces on-air content for Issues & Ideas airing over KCBX and is producer and host of the six-time Lowell Thomas award-winning NPR podcast Journeys of Discovery with Tom Wilmer. Recorded live on-location across America and around the world, the podcasts feature the arts, culture, music, nature, history, science, wine & spirits, brewpubs, and the culinary arts--everything from baseball to exploring South Pacific atolls to interviewing the real Santa Claus in the Arctic.
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