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 Aquarius Taqueria was originally on our dining list, but had been replaced by a last-minute suggestion from our readers.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.
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.
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 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.
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?