If Taqueria Guadalajara was located a little closer to my house, there is just no telling how often I’d frequent the restaurant that has long been known for serving some of the better Mexican food in the area.
I was recently reminded of this fact after a quick lunch at the North Little Rock mainstay. No surprise here, the big draw is the tacos. Each one is $1.75 and features a variety of proteins like asada (steak), al pastor (pork), carnitas, barbacoa and chorizo, among others. Request flour tortillas and unless you are averse to chopped, fresh onion and cilantro, expect to see a plentiful amount on each taco. I recommend both the chorizo, a slightly spicy (and, surprisingly, not very greasy) ground pork as well as the tender al pastor.
These proteins can also be paired with other menu items at Guadalajara. The gordita, a thick corn tortilla pocket stuffed with one of the meats, along with lettuce, beans and sour cream, is a sizeable handheld for only $3. Two of them would make for a satisfying and affordable lunch.
The huarache, an eyepopping, oblong corn tortilla loaded high with the same ingredients as the gordita, will darn near take your breath away once it hits the table. Those unfamiliar with the huarache should expect a much thicker tortilla than you’re used to, one that is probably best eaten with a serrated knife and fork. If you’ve never had one, try it. I doubt disappointment will follow, but if you’re looking to reside in more familiar territory, just know that Taqueria Guadalajara has a menu full of favorites like tortas, nachos, quesadillas, burritos and fajitas. There are even a few specialty plates like milanesa and carnitas.
About the only thing that disappointed was my pork tamale. I wanted to try one so I could continue with my research on some of the area’s best. Unfortunately, this tamale was a product of a poor reheat job, which I am guessing came in the form of 30 seconds in the microwave. Whatever the case, this tamale was dry. Consider it the one blemish in an otherwise excellent lunch. Also, I should mention that Guadalajara is one of the few Mexican food restaurants in the area that serves breakfast. That was not a typo. Yes, breakfast. It is a limited, egg heavy, four-item menu, but certainly one I highly recommend trying out.
All told, my three tacos, one huarache, one gordita, and one tamale cost $20, an insanely low cost for such quality food. Service was fast and attentive, no small feat given how crowded the restaurant got during lunch. It is obvious locals have been embracing Taqueria Guadalajara for years. I can see why, as it’s one of our best.
Now go find out for yourself and let me know what you think.
3811 Camp Robinson Road (North Little Rock)
Hours: Friday-Sunday, 8 a.m.-9 p.m.; Monday-Thursday, 8:30 a.m.-9 p.m.