Break Time At Aquarius Taqueria

Break Time At Aquarius Taqueria

Spending a day exploring can create a powerful hunger. Sometimes we find ourselves needing a small bite to tide us over until our next full meal. Such was the case during a busy day in Eureka Springs. Fortunately, we were downtown where there is a plethora of unique restaurants to choose from. Aquarius Taqueria was originally on our dining list, but had been replaced by a last-minute suggestion from our readers. The removal of Mexican cuisine had left us wanting, so an in-between meal snack offered us an opportunity to satisfy our craving.A metal sign denotes the location of Aquarius Taqueria.

Relaxed Atmosphere

Previously we had dined at Local Flavor Café, which is owned by the same people as Aquarius Taqueria. (Read more about Local Flavor here>) We were so pleased with our earlier meal, that we were sure we would also enjoy the Mexican cuisine. Both restaurants are located along Main Street, and offer nice views of the downtown traffic. Some may find the idea of traffic watching odd, but in Eureka Springs it can be quite interesting. Our visit to the city coincided with a specialty three-wheeler rally, and it was fun to see all the unique versions.

The interior of the restaurant is colorfully decorated.

Aquarius Taqueria has certainly embraced the artistic side of Eureka Springs. A cool color palate on the outside gives a tranquil and inviting feeling to those passing by. Once you step inside you are transported to another place, one reminiscent of some of the Mexican restaurants we visit across the border. A bold use of color ties to the dark wood used for the tables. The whole thing hints to an upcoming fiesta.

A variety of outdoor seating is available at Aquarius Taqueria.

A Cool Spot For Gathering

Like so many of the restaurants on Main Street, Aquarius Taqueria is nestled in the crevice of the hillside. While it makes for limited expansion in the future, it creates an intimate courtyard feel for customers. The patio area offers a good place to huddle with friends and enjoy a few bites and drinks. We watched as people would group tables together to accommodate their ever expanding gathering. This place is clearly a magnet for social experiences, and the relaxed atmosphere helps guests mingle in comfort. The hostess asked us whether we wished to seat inside or out, and we decided upon an inviting spot overlooking the street. It seemed to be a popular vantage point, and most of the other seats were already filled with afternoon revelers.

Fresh tortilla chips are served with guacamole and salsa, as well as two varieties of margaritas.

Snack Time

We decided that some chips and guacamole would make a perfect snack. The chips are clearly made in house, and were hefty enough to stand up to dipping without breaking. The guacamole was fresh and flavorful, and the salsa packs a nice little kick. They offer a hotter version, but we decided to forego that, since we wanted to keep our taste buds intact. This is not your standard Tex-Mex restaurant that people are used to finding. A review of the menu shows that many of their dishes are from the southern regions of Mexico, so don’t go in expecting your standard tacos. Do be prepared for a new experience, and you might just discover a cuisine that you have never known existed. The menu also lists a nice selection of margaritas, so we chose a couple of varieties to sample. The blue colored Aquarius Margarita is a standard mix, but has the addition of blue Curacao. The drink on the left is their Jamaica margarita, which includes their homemade hibiscus tea. Both of these drinks were delicious, and paired well with our little snack. After our little snack break it was time to resume our exploration of the downtown shops. Eureka Springs has tons of unique little joints to search out, so why not make your own plans for a little research trip?

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We are Jeff and Crystal, a Baby Boomer couple who love exploring this big blue marble we all call home. After spending the first portion of our lives together raising a family, the empty-nest syndrome finally caught up with us. This has given us the opportunity to spend more time traveling, and seeking out new destinations. We developed this travel blog with the goal of showing how we “Visit Like A Local”. Our itineraries are designed to get us off the interstates, and into the heart of the places we visit. We believe this will allow our readers to choose a cultural experience, and eventually head home with a real flavor of the places they visit. We hope you are enjoying our website and will consider sharing it with your friends. Please come back often, as we post new articles three times per week.

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  1. Josie November 15, 2017 at 6:55 am - Reply

    Hi Jeff & Crystal,

    I also love discovering great homemade foods at restaurants around the world. I thought you were perhaps in Mexico, but then noticed your pinnable image which states the category as Arkansas! Oh, surprise!
    The snacks look yummy. Thanks for the review.

    ~Josie

    • Jeff & Crystal November 15, 2017 at 7:04 am - Reply

      Josie,
      It is always a pleasant surprise when we stumble upon a place like this. It makes traveling feel even more adventurous.
      Jeff & Crystal

  2. Jo Castro November 15, 2017 at 8:58 am - Reply

    Oh the food looks delicious and what a cool place. I’ve never been to Mexico, but the colours are very enticing – so too the South American food!

    • Jeff & Crystal November 15, 2017 at 9:04 am - Reply

      It was truly a pleasant experiences for the eyes and the mouth. It reminded us a lot of our visits to the small Mexican towns across the border from Texas.

  3. Lois Alter Mark November 15, 2017 at 6:17 pm - Reply

    It’s always fun to come across these surprising finds! I’ve visited Hot Springs but not Eureka Springs, and now I definitely want to plan a trip. The food looks delicious here, and the scenery is welcoming inside and out!

    • Jeff & Crystal November 16, 2017 at 5:02 am - Reply

      We have never visited Hot Springs, but it is on our to-do list.

  4. Anita @ No Particular Place to Go November 16, 2017 at 9:51 am - Reply

    I love the decor of the Aquarius-Taqueria and oh, does the food look delicious! I don’t miss much from our old lives in the US but thinking about good Mexican food makes me positively nostalgic.

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