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“Holy Smokes!!!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Whole Hog Cafe

Whole Hog Cafe
Ranked #248 of 1,766 Restaurants in Albuquerque
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: American, Barbecue
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Good for: Families with children, Kids
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Seating, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible
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9 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Holy Smokes!!!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 26, 2012

If you like good BBQ this is the place. The first time you go it is a little different than most of our BBQ joints but the food is what speaks the loudest at this place. The cafeteria style takes some getting used to and the self service is different in a good way. The price is great for the quality of the food. They recently changed their prices but it is still very reasonable. The potato salad is some of the best in ABQ. and the ribs are my favorite in town. Good place for a small family to get a affordable and delicious meal. Fast and friendly service round this out to be a great place.

Visited April 2012
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Terrible Food & Service!”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 24, 2012

Two friends raved about this place so we decided to give it a try. We visited the restaurant on Saturday afternoon. The counter person was rude and disinterested. She talked us in to the "sampler platter" for 2, which was around $20 and included beef brisket, pulled pork, 4 ribs, potato salad, beans, coleslaw and bread. The food arrived cold and all on one plate. The potato salad and slaw were smashed under the mound of meat. The pulled pork was dry and had the consistency of a brillo pad. The brisket was dry and full of gristle. Ribs were good but small and not very meaty. The bread was old and potato salad had no flavor other than too much mayo. We tried all the BBQ sauce choices and found them all to be very heavy with vinegar flavor. At no point did the staff check on us, and didn't bother to say "thanks" or even acknowledge us on our way out. We both agree this is the WORST BBQ in Albuquerque, and will not return. We will stick with our tried and true favorite: The County Line BBQ on Tramway.

  • Visited April 2012
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Thank Jessica T
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Edgewood, New Mexico
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“The Best BBQ in Albuquerque by far”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 27, 2012

I have tried all the BBQ choices in Albuquerque, and by far this IS THE BEST one in town. BBQ is not a sauce, it is the way the meat is cooked (smoked to be exact) and this restaurant, while a franchise, does it right. I know the founder and have worked with the chain in St Louis that trained the founder. They have both won World Championships for a reason, the food is GREAT.

  • Visited February 2012
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Thank Bill R
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albuquerque nm
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49 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“Memphis BBQ is best”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 23, 2012

We tried the ribs and the sausage and give them two thumbs up. The cole slaw and potato salad are outstanding. Nice big piece of bread is included, too, and they have sweet tea. And what's not to love about having six different BBQ sauces on the table to choose from? So what if they don't offer 5-cheese mac & cheese and hotdogs,

  • Visited January 2012
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Thank highdesert95
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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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“Kids love the ribs”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 2, 2011

Don't know the whole [hog] story here, but there's plenty of news clippings and trophies inside and it appears to come out of Arkansas with one place in ABQ and one in Santa Fe. Fairly unpretentious, bright and airy. Fairly popular. You order at a front counter, next to the industrial smokers and a cord or more of wood; paper towel rolls on the tables with lots of sauces. Our kids beg to go here and we can get by with a full slab of their wonderful ribs, which comes with two sides and a couple pieces of Texas toast. The potato salad is the best I've tried. On Montgomery, east of Eubank, between Pelican's and a Sonic, on south side of the street.

Visited October 2011
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