Ever heard of Del Campo a la Ciudad? Taco lovers will tell you it is one of the ultimate hidden gems in Little Rock. I say “hidden” because Del Campo is not a stand-alone taqueria or even a food truck. It is a small eatery tucked near the back of a grocery store off University Avenue, just a short distance from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock campus. The grocery store, itself, is worth a visit (the meat counter and spice section are fantastic), but the crown jewel of the business is without a doubt the food coming off the grill. If you do not believe me, check out Del Campo’s lunch crowd.
For those new to Del Campo, orders are taken at the register. You then sit down and wait for your food at one of the ten-ish tables scattered throughout the area. The tacos typically do not take very long to hit the table, even during a busy lunch, so expect to wait about 10-15 minutes. at the most.
The menu is small, but packs a punch, and that includes an offering of tacos that are elevated by made-to-order, fluffy corn tortillas. Yes, you read correctly, Del Campo often makes their tortillas with each order, a rarity in Little Rock taquerias and a true mark of greatness. My favorite protein is the barbacoa, a slow-cooked beef still soaking its own juices as it is jammed into the tortilla. A heavy hand of fresh cilantro and chopped onion pair wonderfully with the fatty, steamed beef. If you are looking for a beef alternative, then the tender bits of pastor (pork) is the way to go. As with most street tacos, the ones at Del Campo are fairly small, so expect an order of three to do the trick. Those averse to cilantro and/or onions should remember to ask for their exclusion.
Not in the mood for tacos? The chicken flautas plate, which includes three deep fried corn tortillas filled with chicken, along with sides of refried beans and sliced, ripened avocado, is another winner. Just wait a few minutes before taking your first bite, as the flautas come out piping hot. Del Campo’s inclusion of a grilled, whole jalapeno and green onion on each plate is a nice touch. If you desire more heat, find a bottle of orange hot sauce residing near a far wall. The sauce adds a nice burn to the tacos, but nothing overwhelming.
I imagine most everything coming out of Del Campo’s small kitchen is worth ordering, but I do favor the tacos, which tends to work out quite well when writing a post for Taco Tuesday. If you have not been, please make it a priority to check out this absolute gem. I am almost positive you will enjoy the food and reasonable prices during the fast, no-frills lunch.
Del Campo a la Ciudad
6500 S University (Little Rock)
Phone: (501) 562-1281
Hours: Monday-Saturday 8 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sunday 10 a.m.-3 p.m.