From the street, Little Mark’s BBQ in Vernon Rockville looks like a converted fast food place, or maybe a Dairy Queen. Inside, there are some beer signs and a Texas tin sign. The room is refreshingly low key, without the typical cowboy themed paraphernalia. The tables have red checkered tablecloths. There’s a bar but no stools; all drinks are brought to your table by your server. A blackboard menu lists the available beers.
For their lunchtime specials Little Mark's has one rib (babybacks) and that's what I tried on my first visit. The meal was pleasant enough, but not really noteworthy. The ribs were grilled, without sauce basted in, and wound up a little dry. The table sauces (one sweet, one hot, both very good) helped, but the ribs weren't that memorable and not better than a chain restaurant.
Cole slaw (tangy) was excellent. Cajun fries tasted industrially produced, and were limp and undercooked.
Follow-up: I happened to be in the area again for another weekday lunch and tried the pulled pork sandwich, this time with cole slaw and baked beans. The sandwich was in a sub roll, with a lot of pork. Most of it was light brown, with some pink pieces here and there. It wasn’t smoky, and aside from the sauce, it was a little dry. Cole slaw was good; baked beans were pretty good too, but they tasted the same as the barbecue sauce and didn’t have much of the meat in them that the menu promised.
The bottom line: I'd have to try them at night to be fair, but for now I'd say this is just middle-of-the-pack BBQ, nothing special.