The Best Barbecue Restaurants in Fayetteville

After a long day of work, studying, or just enjoying life, you may find yourself in need of some good, classic comfort food. On those days, nothing quite hits the spot like the sweet and savory tastes of barbecue. If you're in the mood for some delicious barbecue, check out these three top-rated restaurants located near our student apartments in Fayetteville, AR.

Sassy's Red House

Find full plates and the perfect southern barbecue at Sassy's Red House on College Avenue. Sassy's is famous for its "Sassy Jones BBQ Sauce," a family recipe that's been passed down since 1895. As the name implies, Sassy's restaurant is a quaint, fire-red building with a delightfully casual ambiance. Guests also have the option of sitting outside on the deck beneath brightly colored umbrellas. Sassy's prides itself on serving "a little bit of everything," from BBQ Nachos and Catfish Po'Boys to pulled pork and smoked chicken. However, Sassy's crowd favorite is its tender beef brisket, a mouth-watering entree that's smoked for eleven hours. It's enough to earn Sassy's a solid 4.5 stars on TripAdvisor.

Penguin Ed's

If you prefer your barbecue in an old-fashioned, eclectic atmosphere, head over to Penguin Ed's, a Fayetteville favorite with 3 locations and 25 years of experience. The original restaurant on Mission Boulevard features an impressive collection of penguin toys and ornaments collected over the years. Here, you can order BBQ sandwiches, subs, burgers, and BBQ plate dinners, or go all in and order a la carte with meat by the pound and 1/2 pint to 1-gallon sides. You can also check out their breakfast options on Saturdays and Sundays with locally roasted coffee and scratch-made baked goodies!

Whole Hog Cafe

The Whole Hog Cafe serves up barbecue worthy of 9 impressive awards and food network highlights. According to its website, Whole Hog Cafe aims to serve the best Memphis-style barbecue in Northwest Arkansas, and the 4.4-star Google reviews would suggest it does. The Fayetteville location features a casual setting with plenty of seating and an impressive display of trophies commemorating its prize-winning barbecue. You can get a variety of barbecue plates or load up with one of their "Buddy Paks" to go, all for very affordable prices. And don't miss out on the "Whole Hawg Platter," complete with pulled pork, beef brisket, baby back ribs, coleslaw, beans, potato salad, and a roll for less than $18!

All of these fantastic comfort-food restaurants are part of what makes Fayetteville such a great town. If you're looking to move to the area and get an apartment near the University of Arkansas, check out the Academy at Frisco. Our luxurious off-campus housing features upscale apartments, premium amenities, and the perfect location to make your college years some of your best years. Visit our website or contact us today to get more information or schedule a tour!