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If you’re looking for a Mexican restaurant that is unique in food offerings and a destination, look no further than the award-winning Yeyo’s Mezcaleria Y Taqueria in downtown Rogers.
The Rios Family gifted downtown Rogers with a unique food experience in 2020. Long on the Northwest Arkansas food scene with their original Yeyo’s Food Truck on the Bentonville Square as well as their second Yeyo’s El Alma de Mexico location at the 8th Street Market in Bentonville, Yeyo’s Mezcaleria Y Taqueria in downtown Rogers is the first of its kind.
Don Rios (called “Yeyo” by his sons) started it all back in 2012 when he started growing tomatoes, cilantro, carrots and peppers with a dream to bring a “farm-to-table approach” to the local Mexican food scene.
Two of his sons are business partners, Roman and Fernando Rios, while another one of his sons, Rafael Rios, is the founder and Executive Chef of Yeyo’s Mezcaleria Y Taqueria. The chef’s name may be familiar as he is a multi-year nominee and semi-finalist for the James Beard Award: Best Chef, and he deserves the recognition!
Yeyo’s Mezcaleria Y Taqueria walls are covered with Mexican folk art masks, and it has over two hundred specialty bottles of Mezcal, a distilled agave alcoholic drink.
Every inch of the restaurant décor is an exciting introduction to the culture and heritage of Mexico.
Located in the 1907 Building in downtown Rogers, you can enter Yeyo’s through the outside side entrance or the main entrance of Onyx Coffee.
Remember those two hundred bottles of Mezcal? Besides ordering straight up from the bar, Yeyo’s Mezcaleria y Taqueria cocktail menu boasts a plethora of Mezcal concoctions. I recommend a Margarita with Mezcal (similar to tequila) or the Mary & Mezcal, a “bright, easy-drinking, Mezcal, honey, rosemary, lemon and grapefruit bitters drink.” It’s a bit tart, so if you like it more on the sweet side, ask for extra honey.
Of course, eating at a Mexican restaurant and not ordering the chips is impossible. Yeyo’s chips are thick and freshly made, and you can choose from several sauces. I chose the Roasted Poblano Crema because I love smoky poblano. You can also select the Salsa Cruda or the Green Chile Queso. All are delicious choices.
It would be best if you made this a multi-occasion destination to experience the full extent of flavor offerings and uniqueness. Choose from Chilaquiles to Pambazo to Taco Plates with charro beans and rice. And so much more, like Taquitos Dorados, which are five crispy fried tacos “filled with memories from Michoacan!” and include potato and carrot paste, shredded cabbage, crema, cotija, feta and spicy tomato salsa. Swoon!
I chose the Barbacoa De Rolla based on the menu description. “As served in Villa De Zaachila Oaxaca, perfectly marinated steamed chuck eye and short rib meat rolls. Oaxacan black beans, barbacoa jus, and tarragon vinaigrette dressed salad are served with corn tortillas to make your tacos! Oh, and let me just say the dipping sauces were addictive!
The Rios family is dedicated to bringing people together in their locations to experience Mexican food in all its glory. From the cultural art, fresh ingredients, and joy you share with every bite, please make Yeyo’s Mezcaleria y Taqueria a must-do on your next visit to downtown Rogers.
Yeyo’s Mezcaleria Y Taqueria
101 E Walnut Street
Rogers, AR 72756
Sunday-Monday – Closed
Tuesday-Thursday – 11 AM – 10 PM
Friday-Saturday – 11 AM – 11 PM
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