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230 S. East Ave., Fayetteville, AR 72701
479-521-3663
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10:30 am - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 10:30 am - 8:30 pm
Mon - Sat 10:30 am - 9:00 pm
Good for:
Families with children
Local cuisine
Dining on a budget

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Visitor rating
  • 35
    Excellent
  • 28
    Very good
  • 15
    Average
  • 7
    Poor
  • 1
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Ribs are to die for

Ok, I'm from Texas, and it's hard to convince Texas folks that you can do barbeque "right." But Penguin Ed's ribs are my favorite of the many barbeque joints available to us in northwest Arkansas. Another lunchtime favorite is huge baked potato or the smoked chicken salad. Penguin Ed's Way out West... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 25, 2015
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Fayetteville, Arkansas
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Local cuisine
  • Dining on a budget
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Takeout
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86 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Fayetteville, Arkansas
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9 reviews 9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015

In Northwest Arkansas, I even Ulysses Everett McGill would concede Penguin Eds as the Paterfamilias of the BBQ family. Northwest Arkansas, home of the Hogs, should be a BBQ mecca, but for whatever reason, it is not. Over the past 10-15 years, the variety has grown, and some well above average BBQ has been added. Penguin Eds has been around... More 

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Fayetteville, Arkansas
Top Contributor
81 reviews 81 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

Ok, I'm from Texas, and it's hard to convince Texas folks that you can do barbeque "right." But Penguin Ed's ribs are my favorite of the many barbeque joints available to us in northwest Arkansas. Another lunchtime favorite is huge baked potato or the smoked chicken salad. Penguin Ed's Way out West is located right next door to my gym,... More 

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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

Pulled pork was excellent, as was the ham. Battered fries and onion rings were also very good. Beer menu was lacking, I would have liked to seen some local beers on the list.

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Atwater Minnesota
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2015

Food is always outstanding! And affordable, there's no high class joint in the world that can produce ribs as flawless as these plus a drink two sides and Texas roast with tip under $20! Waitress was great, prompt and courteous! Ribs fall off the bone!

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Fayetteville
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9 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

Penguin Eds is the best BBQ in NW Arkansas. So casual, order at the counter and enjoy. The ribs are great! But so is the pork and chicken. Whether you order half a chicken, pulled pork or the ribs, the dinner is great. ALL the sides are good and lots of them. This is a monthly regular for us, for... More 

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Fayetteville, Arkansas
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54 reviews 54 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

Penguin Eds has really good lunch specials. Their barbecue is delicious and they have very efficient servers. You get good sized portions for a reasonable price.

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Arkansas
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46 reviews 46 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

Really solid BBQ and good sides. Like the fried potatoes but the beans are good too. Good cookies. Three locations to choose, I like the Crossover Road one best.

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Arkansas
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15 reviews 15 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

We tried Penguin Ed's last night for the first time. Gotta say, I was not overwhelmed. The ribs were dry, the chicken was ok. My daughter did love the beans and we had to order a second serving of them. Service was good though and we had a good time.

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Harrison, Arkansas
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40 reviews 40 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2014

Of the three Penguin Ed's locations, our favorite is the original near downtown Fayetteville. The former B&B restaurant from 1958, the building oozes old-time, down-home, BBQ joint -two rooms with wooden booths and some tables inside and a large covered "porch" with tables outside. You order from a "phone" located booth side but wait staff patrol the area and will... More 

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108 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

This place delighted my taste buds. The macaroni and cheese was dreamy!! The ribs were fabulous. Everyone in our group enjoyed all the meats and sides/veggies that were ordered.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 230 S. East Ave., Fayetteville, AR 72701
  • Location: United States  >  Arkansas (AR)  >  Fayetteville
  • Phone Number: 479-521-3663

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 5 - 10
  • Cuisine: Barbecue

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine, Dining on a budget
Open Hours
Sunday
10:30 am - 8:30 pm
Monday
10:30 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
10:30 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
10:30 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
10:30 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
10:30 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday
10:30 am - 9:00 pm

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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?