Recently I was online looking at things to do in Little Rock, and I surfed into the website of the Little Rock Zoo. It had been a few years since I had been there, and I was pleasantly surprised to see that they now had an on-site cafe, so I decided this would be a nice little outing for me and my accomplice. The information on their site said that the cafe had burgers and such, which excited me because I do love a good burger, and sometimes random places like that can have really good ones.
The zoo has been trying to build themselves up after over the past few years, but adding on to some existing exhibits and creating a few new ones. Hence the building of what they call Cafe Africa. After strolling through some of the great apes, we decided to stop in for a bite.
Cafe Africa is centrally located in the zoo, and when we got there it was moderately busy. It does have a nice open air feel, and there are indoor and outdoor seating options. We ordered cheeseburgers and an order of spiral cut potato chips. Now, if I learned anything about food from my mother, it’s that you don’t need a lot of fancy stuff to make something taste amazing, and I think burgers are a great example of this. If you get a good burger with quality meat and good toppings, you can have something that is delicious. Sadly, the people who decided to serve food at the zoo didn’t get this memo.
This is pretty much the same burger that you get in your average school cafeteria, only it’s more expensive. For as much as they charge (like $4) they could do a LOT better. The zoo has banned all outside food so if you have a hungry screaming kid, you’re stuck with this. The one saving grace was the spiral cut potato chips. These were actually pretty good, but not good enough to make up for that atrocity they called a burger.
So overall, I would say if you go to the Little Rock Zoo, eat a good meal before hand, and pack a big purse with some snacks if you just have to. I didn’t see any food police on the prowl, and let’s be serious, how do they even know where that bag of chips came from really???
However, I did get some lovely animal snapshots for you to enjoy!