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Welcome TO Whole Hog NLR!

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Serious. Barbecue.

LeBron James does basketball. Paul McCartney does music.


And just like them, we do it because we love it, but also just like them we take it seriously. After competing nationally for more than 30 years, we opened our doors to the public in 2007. From the beginning you've told us over and over, "This is a completely different experience." Well, that's no accident.

At Whole Hog Cafe North Little Rock, you'll see the owners, boots on the ground, EVERY DAY to make sure it never stops feeling that way. We still use the original sauces and recipes. We offer a sensational dry-rubbed rib daily, and beef ribs every Tuesday. Our meat is meticulously hand-rubbed, cured and slow-smoked - seriously.

It's also no mistake that you continue to see the same faces here day after day, year after year. We all love what we do and we genuinely like one another. We cook and serve with style, character and passion. We're a unique culture here, a family. We believe in 4 "R's": Respect, Responsiveness, Responsibility and Resilience.

Our family attitude extends to you, our customers, as well as our vendor partners and the community partners we routinely support - schools, military organizations, charities, festivals and benefits of every strip. Giving back is why we're here. Giving back is who we are. Smoking real, unpolished, authentic barbecue every day is just what we do. And, you guessed it, we take that very seriously.

Recent News

Thank you, Arkansas!

When the 2021 Arkansas Times “Best of” Readers Poll came out last week, we were surprised and excited to find out that we had won Best Ribs, Best Caterer and were a finalist in Best Business Lunch, Best Salad (what?!), Best Curbside Service, and Best Restaurant Delivery.

Movin' On Up

You may have heard the rumors by now – and they’re true! Yep, we are moving. Last year we bought the old Applebee’s building just up the road from where we are now, towards McCain Mall. We’ve been under construction for the past five months and plan on being in the new location before October 1.


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