Whole Hog Cafe

  • 4.33
  • Outstanding!
  • Food:3.0
  • Decor:3.0
  • Service:3.0

2516 Cantrell Rd, Little Rock, AR 72202Little Rock  [ Map ]

(501) 664-5025  [ Website ]

American (Traditional) / Barbeque


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Whole Hog Cafe

    • 5.0
If you are looking for good barbecue in central Arkansas, this is the spot! I grew up in Memphis, and because of this, I am pretty picky about my BBQ. Most places taste like they're made from Manwich, which is just gross. This place is awesome. The meat is always tender and delicious, and I LOVE their sauces. They have like 6 different ones to choose from. You sauce your own meat, so you get to choose any combination of sauces you like. I like to mix the #1 and #3. And the pulled pork sandwich is ALWAYS my favorite!

Whole Hog Cafe (Little Rock, AR)

    • 5.0

My wife's family lives in Little Rock, and I've been dying to try out the Whole Hog Cafe for a while now. They affectionately describe their food as "World Champion Barbecue," but as a Texan, I was understandably a bit skeptical. I finally got the chance to go during Thanksgiving weekend, and it did not disappoint.


The ambiance was par for the course: rows of picnic tables lined with plastic checkered tablecloths, rolls of paper towels, and all the saucy accoutrements any good BBQ lover needs. A great smokehouse aroma filled the whole restaurant, which made the whole experience all the more enjoyable.


Naturally, I went for the Whole Hog Platter: pulled pork, beef brisket, baby back ribs, beans, potato salad, and coleslaw.


The sides were about the typical average fare what you would expect from a local BBQ joint, but that wasn't the reason I went, so we'll give a pass on that. Now, on to the main course.


The ribs were perfectly cooked, and the meat almost fell off the bone. They were already pre-covered in a moderate amount of sauce, which had a good mild sweet flavor. I'm not a huge fan of sauce on BBQ in general, but it worked here. The brisket and pork were also both phenomenal. Perfectly tender and seasoned just right. The brisket had just the right amount of fat laced across, which kept it from being too dry. For these two, I decided to sample all 6 options in the sauce array set before me at the table:


  - Sauce No. 1: Classic barbecue sauce


  - Sauce No. 2: Tangy tomato


  - Sauce No. 3: Same as #2, but spicier


  - Sauce No. 4: Traditional Southern vinegar and spice


  - Sauce No. 5: Sweet, dark, and bold molasses flavor


  - Sauce No. 6: Rich mustard and vinegar


The Whole Hog also has a Volcano Sauce (no description necessary) available upon request, but I thought I'd give my gastrointestinal tract a break for once. All of the different sauces were uniquely tasty in their own way. I ended up buying an extra six-pack sampler of the sauces as a Christmas gift for a friend, as well as a t-shirt to commemorate my trip. As an added bonus, my t-shirt smelled like a smokehouse for days afterward until I finally gave in and washed it.


Despite growing up instilled with a natural contempt for anything other than true Texas barbecue, the Whole Hog Cafe satisfied my carnivorous yearnings without fail. Well done, Little Rock.

Great food

    • 4.0
  • Food: 4.5
  • Decor: 4.0
  • Service: 3.5
  • Meal Price: $10 - $19

I went to Whole Hog and had the Ribs and pulled pork.  The Ribs were very good and they offer a variety of sauces from different regions for you to try.  They had mustard, vinegar and molasses based sauces to choose from. The pulled pork was pretty good, it didn't wow me but it certainly didn't disappoint.  


You order your meal at the counter then find your own table and fix your own drinks.  I personally don't mind this setup but if you are used to full service it might be a little annoying. 





Whole Hog Cafe

    • 4.0
Perhaps you have to be an Arkansan to appreciate fully the name of this restaurant. Yes, they serve ribs, but it seems as though every true resident of the Natural State is a Razorbacks fanatic, and besides rooting for the team on a regular basis I suppose there is no better way to express one's undying devotion to the team than to have lunch or dinner at the Whole Hog Cafe, especially during football season. I myself care for neither football nor ribs, but I went here one Sunday afternoon when I felt like trying something a bit different from my usual haunts. They had a very tasty hamburger, and the staff were all very friendly. My only complaint is that they could be open a bit later; I drove by on a subsequent occasion and noticed that they were already closing for the night, although it was only around 9:00 PM.

Whole Hog Cafe

    • 5.0
If you want BBQ in Central Arkansas, look no further than Whole Hog Cafe. They have many different locations now, from Cantrell to Markham to North Little Rock and Conway. There is even a branch at the airport! That being said, they have won tons of awards for whole hog contests, ribs and pork butt. The best thing is the sauces though! There are six sauces available, they really accommodate all BBQ tastes because they range from spicy ketchup based to North Cackalackie vinegar. Try the Pulled Pork baked potato, it's the best!!!

    • 3.5
  • Food: 4.0
  • Decor: 3.0
  • Service: 2.5

Whole Hog Cafe has fairly good barbecue. The price is about standard, and the flavoring of the meat and sauce is well done. Seating is incredibly cramped, though, so consider looking elsewhere if you want to have a large gathering. The service is unfortunately a tad bit slower than similar restaurants as well (in my experience). While Whole Hog Cafe does not have the best barbecue in Little Rock it is at least above mediocre.

Information of Whole Hog Cafe

2516 Cantrell Rd, Little Rock, AR 72202
Phone Number
(501) 664-5025
American (Traditional) / Barbeque
Business Hours
Sun:11:00AM - 8:00PM
Mon:11:00AM - 8:00PM
Tue:11:00AM - 8:00PM
Wed:11:00AM - 8:00PM
Thu:11:00AM - 8:00PM
Fri:11:00AM - 8:00PM
Sat:11:00AM - 8:00PM
Dress code
Wheelchair accessible
Credit cards
Outdoor dining

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