- 174 W. Main Street
- Benton Harbor, MI 49022
- No Known Website
In what’s started to become an annual thing, my brother has brought his family to camp with his in-laws at a campground just outside of Covert the last two summers. It’s great that they come up here for a visit, but I don’t want to crash the whole thing because it’s a weekend where Grandma and Papa B get to spend some time with their granddaughters.
They have invited us up for a couple hours each year though so his daughters can play with L. Last year we spent a morning at the beach in South Haven and that was the plan again this year, but the weather wasn’t great and when I got up that morning, I texted to see what the plan was.
We drove to St. Joe with the idea of meeting them when the Discovery Zone opened at 10 AM. We spent a little over an hour and a half playing and riding the carousel before we had to get back home.
We said our goodbyes and started to head back to I-94 through Benton Harbor. I had promised L that we would stop and get some lunch if we got off the carousel and, of course, I had a place on the way I have been itching to try.
Lark’s Bar-B-Que is a fairly new restaurant for a well established Benton Harbor BBQ joint. The business used to be Lark & Sons BBQ and Hand Car Wash. It was located closer to the river in the 400 block of West Main Street. When business got too big for the small carry-out joint, they moved down the street to the 100 block and opened a new place with a bigger menu and plenty of seating.
The building was originally a gas station that they gutted and turned in to the restaurant. The upscale urban setting is dominated by the large glass garage doors that let an incredible amount of natural lighting.
Lark’s is a pretty popular spot for the Whirlpool crowd so it wasn’t too surprising the restaurant was packed for lunch. J ordered for herself and L then went to grab a table before someone else did leaving me to put in my order and pay the bill.
Lark’s really has something for everyone. They have all sorts of BBQ, but there’s also burgers, fish, sandwiches, and even breakfast sandwiches that are easily eatable on the go.
I strayed away from my usual order of a pulled pork sandwich. Instead, I ordered a medium order of rib tips and an order of fries. At that last minute, I added on a drink the form of a root beer from Triple XXX.
Triple XXX is actually a place I have been to. It’s a little diner in the college town of West Lafayette, Indiana. That diner is one of two remaining Triple XX Root Beer restaurants in the country and it is the one that this bottle was made at. I wasn’t going to get a drink at first since I had a Pepsi in the car and the restaurant serves Coke products, but once my eye caught that bottle, I changed my mine and I’m glad I did.
The rib tips and fries (as well as the rest of our meal) came out of the kitchen a little under ten minutes after ordering. I started in right away with my hands bypassing the knife and fork that came with it. The tips were tender and smokey…just like they should be and they were covered in the most delicious sweet yet spicy BBQ sauce. The sauce was so good I used the extra to dip my fries in and even started sucking the sauce off the tip and re-dipping it in extra sauce in the bottom of the paper boat. The fries weren’t really anything special, but with the sauce, they were incredibly delicious.
J ordered the pulled chicken sandwich and fried pickles. The sandwich was served on a white bun and it was covered with the same sweet and spicy sauce that was on my tips. That kind of sauce is J’s favorite and she said her sandwich was really good. The fried pickles came with five on the plate. They were wedges of dill pickles that had been battered and fried. I’m not a fried pickle fan, so I didn’t try any, but J ate all but one saying they were very good.
There was really no kids menu for L, but they did have a number of side dishes that would work just as well. We ordered her the mac ‘n cheese and she barely gave the man that brought our food to us to get it off the tray. She was already asking for a fork as he sat it down and she went to work on it right away. The mac ‘n cheese is a very creamy, very cheesy concoction. I tried to sneak a bite, but L gave me a pretty dirty look when I started to move my fork over there. She wanted it all for herself.
The bill for lunch was a little over $23 and worth every bit of it. J was actually suggesting we go to Silver Beach Pizza for lunch and normally, I wouldn’t have said no, but I’ve been wanting to try Lark’s for a while. J likes BBQ so I knew it was something I could probably convince her of and we’re both glad I did. Lark’s Bar-B-Que is a great place to stop for lunch when you’re in the St. Joe/Benton Harbor area….or if you just want to take a road trip that way for the BBQ, I would do that too.