When you’re thinking of the best places to get some delicious Tex-Mex food, Heights Taco & Tamale Co. should be at the top of your list. This Little Rock favorite serves up Ark-Mex originals, which are Mexican and Tex-Mex dishes with an Arkansas flair.
The restaurant has gotten its fair share of praise over the years, but now it’s time for it to get on the Bucket List. AY President and Publisher Heather Baker and KARK host Mandy Noell are heading to Heights Taco & Tamale for some burritos and enchiladas.
Both Baker and Noell are jazzed about the visit to Heights from the outset. Standing outside the restaurant, Baker asks Noell, “Are you hungry?”
“I’m hungry, and I hope we’re going to have some tequila, too,” Noell says.
Inside, Yellow Rocket Concepts culinary director Chris McMillan is preparing the menu for this duo’s visit. It’s going to be a Bucket List visit to remember with a heaping of great enchiladas and more.
“Since it’s AY Enchiladas Bucket List, we had to start with enchiladas. We’re going to start with the Ark-Mex Enchiladas, lots of cheese…absolutely amazing,” McMillan says.
The Ark-Mex Enchiladas have braised ground beef and come topped with either red chile sauce or chili. McMillan is also sending out the Verde Enchiladas, with come in two varieties: fresh corn and spinach zucchini enchiladas or chicken enchiladas. These enchiladas are topped with green chili-tomatillo sauce, sour cream sauce and jack cheese.
But that’s not all that’s coming out of the kitchen for this visit. Baker and Noell will also be getting a Frito Chili Pie and pickled fried chicken tacos. “For my money, this is where it’s at,” McMillan says of the tacos.
Before settling into the food, both Baker and Noell start with some refreshing tequila and margaritas. Then, it’s down to business.
“Heather, you know I had to wash down my margarita with this beast. It’s delicious. It’s the chicken verde enchilada. It’s got the green chiles. It’s a kick, and it’s not too spicy, which is good for me,” Noell says.
Baker, on the other hand, tries out the Ark-Mex Enchiladas, which she is a fan of. “This is my favorite thing,” Baker says.
As for the Frito Chili Pie? Baker declares that it is “so good.” Meanwhile, the pickled fried chicken tacos are a big hit with Noell. “Let me tell you friends, this is amazing,” she says.
More than just the food, Heights Taco & Tamale is a highlight because of its welcoming atmosphere for this pair. “This is my hang-out. This is my jam. I want to be at the bar. I want out on the patio. I want to be in here,” Baker says.
After eating all the enchiladas and more, Baker and Noell are ready to call it a day on the Bucket List tour. As always, they will be back, looking for more great food around Arkansas.
Check back next week to find out where the Bucket List tour goes next.
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