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The Little Rock area has many amazing taquerias. Some would argue that Mexican food is what our town does best. With that said, I have challenged myself with the task of narrowing down all these wonderful spots to my Top 10 Taquerias in Little Rock.
El Palenque is the best taqueria in Little Rock for one simple reason: everything they do, they do quite well. Actually, there is another reason. The restaurant never has a bad night. My two favorite dishes are the shrimp burrito and chicken nachos, but the chicken enchiladas verdes and shrimp a la plancha are fan favorites, as is the taco arriero with grilled bits of steak and chorizo.
Del Campo is a small taqueria located in the back area of a grocery store. Known for their made-to-order corn tortillas, the tiny taqueria has a loyal following of lunchtime eaters scarfing down tacos loaded with barbacoa and carnitas.
Readers of this site are familiar with La Pasadita. Originally a food stand, El Pasadita then relocated to a food trailer and now has a brick-and-mortar location in the heart of West Little Rock. The queso-drenched burritos are a highlight, but so too are the tortas, the massive sandwiches filled with your choice of protein, refried beans, tomatoes, and avocado on a soft hoagie roll.
Half grocery store and half taqueria, El Torito delivers the entire food experience for foodies in search of authentic Mexican cuisine. The tacos al pastor with juicy chunks of pineapple are irresistible, as are the sizzling beef and shrimp fajitas. Oh, and do not forget about the churros. They are made in-house and can be found in the pastry case near the entry.
Well, for starters, you better get a gordita. The thick, corn tortilla pockets are filled with any meat of your choosing. Gorditas Paty also does birria, the goat stew that is now insanely popular here in the United States. The star, however, is the posole, a traditional Mexican soup with tomato-based broth, hominy, radish, cilantro, and a ton of dried spices.
Tacos, tacos, and more tacos. While I am not overly optimistic on the refried beans and rice, Azteca, with locations in Bryant and Maumelle, really excel at tacos. The heavy hand of raw onion and chopped cilantro is always a bonus for me, but so is the incredibly fresh salsa (both green and red) served at the restaurant.
This is another taqueria known for its taco. Imagine that. Seriously, based strictly on tacos, I think Karina serves up the best in Little Rock. At Karina, the sister restaurant of Del Campo, every protein is a hit. The chunkier refried beans are also spot-on.
If you absolutely adore a fantastic Mexican breakfast, Taqueria Gualadalaja in North Little Rock is the place to go. Get the huevos rancheros. Two eggs come topped with a heavy hand of grilled veggies, a slightly different take than the typical thin salsa topper. Trust me, it works, as does the huevos a la Mexicana with refried beans and scrambled eggs. Not in the mood for breakfast? Order the Huarache Pastor, a super thick corn tortilla topped with pork, beans, queso, lettuce, and onions.
While the posole at La Poblanita (on John Barrow) isn’t quite as good as the aforementioned version at Gorditas Paty, it’s still a soup I’d highly recommend. To me, however, the item to get here is the torta al pastor, a sizeable sandwich filled with tender strips of pork, lettuce, tomato, avocado, and a thin layer of beans.
Tacos El Gordo is the only non-brick-and-mortar inclusion on the list. This trailer resides off JFK Boulevard in North Little Rock and serves up the best tacos al pastor in the area. The pork comes sliced straight off the spit. I prefer the flour over corn tortillas, and, as always, love tons of fresh cilantro. Each taco costs $2.
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