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Best Mexican Restaurants in Little Rock


Whether you like it hot & spicy or bold & flavorful, Little Rock has the Mexican food fix you need. These are my faves of the many Mexican eateries in our city. To me, Tex-Mex is hot, spicy flavors and dishes like enchiladas, fajitas and tacos. Authentic Mexican food is more bold than spicy and they have dishes like chile rellenos and Carnitas. Some places serve both types of food.

1. Senor Tequila

Senor Tequila is an authentic Mexican restaurant. They have a lot of dishes that you won't find elsewhere and they make some very good sauces to go with them. Located on 10300 N. Rodney Parham Road, 224-5505.

2. El Porton

El Porton Cheese Enchiladas
Amanda Galiano
I like the food at El Porton and it's not pricey. They have a large selection of authentic dinners to choose from. The atmosphere leaves a little to be desired but the food is great. Located at 12111 W. Markham St., 223-8588. Open 7 days a week.

3. Cantina Laredo

Cantina Laredo
Amanda Galiano

Interesting food with some unique dishes.  They are "upscale Mexican," which means they are kind of pricey, but the quality is pretty good.  Located in Midtowne, on 207 North University Avenue, 501-280-0407.

4. Local Lime

Local Lime
Amanda Galiano
Local Lime is known for their tacos and margaritas.  They have an innovative menu, and great margaritas.  They have several varities of salsa you can order in a salsa sampler and excellent cheese dip.  They are a local favorite.  Located at 17815 Chenal Parkwy, 501-448-2226.

5. Chuy's

Amanda Galiano
Chuy's is a chain that originates in Austin and they have a quirky menu, fresh ingredients and a fun atmosphere.  They make their tortillas by hand, and most of their sauces are made fresh.  Try the chicka-chicka boom-boom. Moderately priced. Located at 1601 Chenal Parkway, 501-821-248.


6. Casa Manana

Casa Manana Chicken Tacos
Amanda Galiano

Casa Manana has great food and a great deck. The food is more authentic than Tex-Mex and the service is always great. If the weather is nice, get a seat outside and enjoy a margarita.  Located at 6820 Cantrell Road, 501-280-9888.

7. La Hacienda

La Hacienda is a local of favorite for authentic Mexican food. If you think "authentic" Mexican is bland, try their spicy green salsa. The rest of their food is great too. The service can be hit or miss. They are moderately priced and open 7 days a week. They are located on 3024 Cantrell Rd. Call 661-0600 for more information or takeout.

8. Juanita's

Amanda Galiano

Juanita's is known for their music and atmosphere but they have great food too. It's prety much your standard Tex-Mex but it's good and served in a jumping atmosphere  Great cheese dip.. Located on 614 President Clinton Ave, 372-1228. Open Mon.-Sat.

9. Riviera Maya

Riveria Maya Burrito
Amanda Galiano

Reasonably priced authentic Mexican food (entrees around $7). They have great salsa and cheese dip. Nice atmosphere. Located on 801 Fair Park, 501-664-4800.

10. Browning's

The New Satillo Plate
Amanda Galiano
Browning's has been around for a while, but they are not the same old Browning's.  The menu is revised from the original and the location has a more modern look with live music. The saltillo plate (beef taco, an enchilada and a cheese taco served with rice and beans) is the dish the locals crave. Great salsa! Located on 5805 Kavanaugh Blvd., 663-9956. Open Tue.-Sat.

11. Mexico Chiquito

Mexico Chiquito
Amanda Galiano

With a newer dine-in restaurant on Cantrell, a drive through at their old location (on Rodney Parham) and a new takeout on Markham, you're never far from Mexico Chiquito. They have decent food at decent prices. It's not the best but it is the place to go for a quick Mexican food fix. Dine-in on 13924 Cantrell, 217-0700.

12. Canon Grill

Not just your typical Tex-Mex, they also have pasta, salads and sandwiches. They do traditional Tex-Mex well. Located on 811 Kavanaugh Blvd, 501-664-2068.

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