After a long time away, the Bucket List is making its triumphant return! COVID-19 can’t keep AY Publisher Heather Baker and KARK host DJ Williams from bringing you the best in food from around Arkansas.
This month, they have a doozy of a list for viewers. It’s one of the main food groups – tacos.
“It’s all about tacos, and we were pumped up to finally showcase our Bucket List once again,” Williams said. “We’re so excited to finally be back – even though we’re practicing social distancing. Heather Baker and I are back at for Bucket List.”
While there are untold numbers of great tacos in the state, there’s only one place to start when talking tacos in Arkansas. And that’s Mexico Chiquito. Founded in 1935, the restaurant has become an icon in Arkansas food.
“This is the place that I thought of my whole life,” Baker said. “When I think of iconic tacos from across the state, I think of Mexico Chiquito, because that’s where I’ve eaten my whole life.”
Of course, the highlight of the trip is the food. Baker and Williams got a smorgasbord of tacos, burritos, chimichangas and more. Naturally, they got a healthy supply of Mexico Chiquito’s famous cheese dip.
Because Williams is still on a vegan diet, he had to take a different tack with the tacos. That means he had veggie tacos.
“So the thing about me doing this vegan thing, I really just have to focus on the straight vegetables. The tomatoes look fresh, the corn looks good, they have good lettuce. Now, I’m about see what the tortillas and the crunchiness is all about,” he said.
That crunch is one of the secret weapons of a Mexico Chiquito taco. The audible crunch it makes when you bite into it is part of the pleasure of eating at this hometown favorite.
“One of the things I love is how crispy the tacos shells are,” Baker said. “They make this here every day. The space is so small that they have to make over and over throughout the day, and all the chips. That’s what makes the tacos so yummy.”
Both Baker and Williams declared the taco trip to be a success! With a ample supply of tacos and other goodies, they have started the Taco Bucket List off right.
That’s just the beginning for this duo, though. They will be back to put more tacos to the test.
“We know it’s a different time, but we’re going to do what we can to make this work so we can bring to you each and every week the Bucket List,” Williams said.