Best Places to Eat in West Little Rock

Southern, Barbecue, Pizza, and Mexican on the Menu

West Little Rock is one of the more commercial areas of Little Rock, and many chain restaurants call West Little Rock home. Most people have a good idea of what these national chains serve, their level of quality, prices, and ambiance. But local restaurants and smaller, regional chains are less well-known, and those are the focus of this list. These joints feature cooking more indigenous to Arkansas and the region. And there are standout ethnic spots for pizza and Mexican food, too.

  • 01 of 09
    All Aboard
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    All Aboard is a whimsical theme restaurant that delivers your meal to your table using model trains. Kids love this place. The restaurant uses locally and organically grown ingredients as much as possible. The menu caters to kids, with more than the usual number of choices. For everyone else, choices include such Southern favorites as fried chicken, fried fish, shrimp, and hush puppies, along with burgers, salads, and sandwiches.

  • 02 of 09
    Bobby's Country Cookin'
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    At Bobby's Country Cookin', the menu changes daily. But it will always live up to its name, whether that day features fried chicken, chicken-fried steak, pot roast, meatloaf, fried okra, or chocolate pie, among many other possibilities. Locals rave about the fried chicken and lunch specials. Bobby's offers both take out and delivery, so if you want to bail on cooking dinner but don't want to go out, Bobby's will cook up something like your mama used to make and bring it to you.

  • 03 of 09
    The Butcher Shop
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    This small chain is well-known for its hickory charcoal-grilled steaks. You have a long list to choose from, and you can get yours blackened if you like your steak spicy. You have another beef option of prime rib, which you can get charcoal-grilled. The menu also offers up some New Orleans tastes with crab cakes, Cajun sauteed shrimp, and blackened chicken.

  • 04 of 09
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    Corky's Ribs & Barbecue is a locally owned franchise of a chain with roots in Memphis. If you love barbecue, you will love Corky's. The ribs are award-winners, whether wet or dry. You'll have your choice of barbecue plates or simple, classic barbecue sandwiches of pork, beef, or chicken. The menu is large and offers many other sandwich and salad choices along with the barbecue that made Corky's famous.

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  • 05 of 09
    NYPD Pizza
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    Yes, NYPD Pizza is a chain born in New York. If you want genuine New York-style pizza, this is the place to get it. The setting feels like you've landed in NYC which adds to the fun. It offers up a generous menu of specialty pizzas, calzones, pasta dishes, hero sandwiches, and Italian desserts worthy of its New York roots: cheesecake, zeppoles, and cannoli.

  • 06 of 09
    West End Smokehouse & Tavern
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    West End Smokehouse & Tavern is a local hangout extraordinaire. It has TVs, pool tables, darts, arcade games, live music, and great bar food. To satisfy your hunger, choose from burgers, pizza, sandwiches, barbecue, and steaks. And, of course, tasty starters like chili nachos, cheese fries, and wings. You must be at least 21 to enjoy all the fun at West End.

  • 07 of 09
    Whole Hog Cafe
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    There's always debate on the "best" barbecue in any Southern city, but if you're talking about Little Rock, Whole Hog always comes up. It's won countless awards and it deserves to call itself "championship barbecue." Whole Hog serves up Memphis-style barbecue with six sauces and a variety of menu options to choose from, like ribs, brisket, pulled pork, and sausage.

  • 08 of 09

    El Porton has been serving up scrumptious Mexican food in Little Rock since 1989, and it's a local favorite; many Little Rock residents list El Porton as their go-to Mexican food joint. Its Spanish colonial hacienda-style dining room sets the mood for tasty tacos, fajitas, nachos, enchiladas, burritos, and margaritas.

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  • 09 of 09

    Khalil's Pub & Grill is not just any pub; it takes its heritage seriously with menu offerings like Shepard's pie, bangers and mash, and Scottish eggs, along with more usual American bar food like pizza, wings, and loaded fries. The dinner menu offers a huge selection of appetizers, entrees, sandwiches and burgers, salads, and seafood. There's also live music, including Celtic, Irish, karaoke, and that Nashville sound, among many others.