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Taco Time at Yeyo’s in Bentonville

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Yeyo’s is a restaurant that I have wanted to check out for quite some time, but even more so after the prestigious nomination of the restaurant’s very own Rafael Rios for the 30th Annual James Beard Awards’ Best Chef: South. And while the Bentonville brick-and-mortar location was closed on a recent Monday afternoon, I did get a chance to mosey on over to their food truck on 122 West Central Avenue. Do not let the address fool you. The eatery, a revamped old Ford truck converted into a 1.5-story, immobile mobile food truck is located in a manicured alley just a stone’s throw from the Bentonville Square.

The darn truck–with its blue paint job, meticulous menu chalkboards, and hanging flowers–is just as cute as can be, and, as it turned out, the tacos were just as tasty as can be.

And yes, tacos are front and center on Yeyo’s menu. You will find a salad and a few burrito options, but to stop at the truck and not order a bunch of tacos is a mistake, at least on the first go around.

Taco Time at Yeyo’s in Bentonville

To start things off, we awakened the palette with an order of chips and a cup of cool guacamole. These briefly quenched our hangry-ness and made the 10 minutes of taco-waiting go by in a blink. Once our foldable friends hit the table, it was a free-for-all of grabbing and tasting. We tried proteins of carnitas, barbacoa, and charred cauliflower, each residing in a warm, corn tortilla and topped with chopped, raw onion and cilantro. Queso fresco made an appearance, as did a vibrant red salsa.

The carnitas, with crispy bits of juicy pork shoulder, was the real winner. But I would not hesitate to order the barbacoa and cauliflower again. When it comes to tacos, I almost always favor pork over beef, but that is just me. In terms of size, I would classify these as a little bigger than your typical street taco variety, especially given that the tortillas are filled to the brim. So, count on an order of three to satiate your appetite. If not, tack on a side of refried beans and rice. Yeyo’s beans are smooth and creamy–surely packed with an ample amount of lard.

Overall, the one thing that stood out about Yeyo’s food is how everything was bursting with a ton of flavor. Obviously, there were no shortcuts taken during preparation. And although the price tag was a touch more expensive than your typical tacos, these were not your typical tacos. Attention is in the details, and quality ingredients are not cheap, nor should they be.

Yeyo’s food truck proved to be a winner. Now, I just need to find myself in Bentonville on a day other than Monday, so I can check out the restaurant.

Next time, for sure.

Taco Time at Yeyo’s in Bentonville

Yeyo’s Food Truck
122 W Central Ave. (Bentonville)
Phone: 479-657-6954
Hours: Monday-Saturday 11 a.m.-8 p.m.; Closed Sunday

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Kevin Shalin is a food writer living in Little Rock with his wife, Sara, and two daughters, Natalie (12) and Sydney (7). He started his own blog, The Mighty Rib, seven years ago while living in Houston. Six months later, he began writing for Eating Our Words, a Houston Press food blog. After a year in Boston, he moved to Little Rock, where he’s been for almost five years. During that time, he’s written for Little Rock Soiree, Rock City Eats, Treatsie, and Bourbon and Boots.

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