During our two night stay in Memphis, we did not get a chance to get to sample any of their world-famous BBQ. Disgraceful, huh? Since we were spending a few more days in the South, we were determined to taste some real Southern BBQ before heading back to the faux BBQ up North. Before we headed off to Little Rock, we inquired with the hotel’s desk as to where we could find the city’s best BBQ. Without hesitation, the manager told us to check out the Whole Hog Cafe. He said we would NOT regret it.
Whole Hog Cafe has won countless awards for their delicious food, winning top honors in 2008's 'Memphis-in-May World Barbecue Championships' in the ‘whole hog’ category, and placing in the top 3 for ribs in 2000 and 2002. When we saw these accolades in the window of the restaurant, we knew the hotel manager hadn’t steered us wrong.
The menu consisted of all the mouthwatering dishes that you'd expect to grace a BBQ menu - beef brisket, pulled pork, ribs and chicken with classic sides such as baked beans and cole slaw. After studying the menu, I decided on the BBQ chicken and Dan ordered a plate of the beef brisket. Holy smokes, that stuff was good! We didn’t even need to use any of the BBQ sauces on the table. The food was perfect exactly the way it came out. It is rare that I ever finish a plate of food, so the picture below is proof of how GOOD this place is. (Dan’s brisket was heavenly as well.)
Whole Hog Cafe has locations throughout Arkansas.
**Side note - they also sell Whole Hog Cafe tee shirts. How do I know this? Because, on the way out, we both bought one. Not only did we buy one, but we were personally escorted through the kitchen into the back office to pick them out. The shirts didn't disappoint either, as they retained a very distinct BBQ smell for weeks after we unpacked!