Northwest Arkansas is a mixing pot of various cultures, thanks to both the University of Arkansas and the unique spirit of Fayetteville. Mexican food has become a staple in town, and the options for authentic and affordable Mexican cuisine are boundless.
Being in the South, Fayetteville is home to many Southern traditions, including family-owned Mexican restaurants. While we can’t promise to end the “cheese-dip vs. queso” debate, anyone who respects a high-quality Mexican meal can agree that Fayetteville’s local options are top-notch.
Our Mexican restaurants double as family and college friendly, with kid menus, sombreros and endless drink specials. Fayetteville's Mexican restaurants are loaded with salsa, guacamole and chips, fulfilling any salt-and-lime infused pre-Dickson Street parties or Cinco de Mayo celebrations. Oh, and did we mention margarita specials?
Fajitas, enchiladas and tacos are just a few of the savory specials featured at Mexican restaurants in Fayetteville. Affordable seafood and spicy salsa freely abound in many of the local hot spots. Whether you’re looking to have your meal served in a pineapple (yes, that’s real) or a fish with eyes that watch you eat (yes, that’s real as well), Fayetteville restaurants can satisfy any south-of-the-border cravings.
The Legendary Steven Special
While not an actual restaurant, the local favorite Mexican plate is the “Steven Special,” a bed of rice topped with strips of grilled chicken and smothered in white queso. Almost every Mexican restaurant in town serves this Fayetteville favorite, and while we’re not exactly sure who the real “Steven” is, local legend has it that he was a total genius who created one of the best meals on the planet. Be sure to check it out at any of the following places!
A favorite amongst college students and families alike, Mexico Viejo has both the atmosphere and the quality of food sure to please any Mexican-food connoisseur. Located in the heart of the college-town, Mexico Viejo is perfect for a game day meal or a post-college-visit snack. With a huge menu and a lively staff, this restaurant is sure to please.
While Mexico Viejo serves traditional staples, their menu is also packed with lunch specials and a variety of fajita plates. Their ghost pepper fajitas are absolutely to die for, and their seafood menu is one of the biggest in town. Whether you’re looking for soup, salads, seafood or specials, Mexico Viejo has got a perfect, authentic Mexican meal for you.
Founded in Fayetteville, Sabor Guacamole features homemade Mexican food and a locally-owned flair all its own. The outdoor patio is lively and fun, complete with a hall of fame wall to add your favorite picture of your precious pooch. Sabor Guacamole is home to one of the best bowls of guacamole in town and features traditional platters, as well as local favorites.
Sabor Guacamole was recently voted into the Top 10 Best Authentic Mexican Restaurants in NWA, a competitive title that’s worth paying attention to. They have a complete section of their menu dedicated to guacamole-centered dishes that will satisfy any avocado-enthusiast. They prepare the Guacamole Tradicional fresh at your table and their Nachos Supreme are some of the best in town!
Locals go absolutely “loco” for this place. The casual atmosphere makes it a great place to come as a group and stay for the late-night karaoke and daily specials. Their authentic Mexican cuisine is affordable and traditional, complete with street tacos and deep-fried favorites like the chimichangas.
Their salsa bar is unique with jalapenos and verde salsa to add a little spice to any plate. On Tuesdays and Thursdays, they have street taco specials, a favorite for any Mexican-food lover on a budget. The locally-owned Mexican restaurant has two locations, one off MLK and another right off the Historic Downtown Square.
El Patio Mexican Bar & Grill
Located right by Baum Stadium, home to Razorbacks Baseball, El Patio is one of the greatest restaurants to enjoy Fayetteville weather. The outdoor patio can’t be beat, and the views are spectacular. Each week they have margarita and beer specials, with an entire night dedicated to college students.
Their margaritas are unstoppable, with Micheladas and your choice of beer, monster margaritas and $1.99 daily specials. Did we mention they have amazing, authentic food choices as well? Their nachos are full of cheesy deliciousness, and their burritos are stuffed with anything you can imagine. Make sure to stop by early on a baseball game day as El Patio is the hottest spot to watch the game!