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If you want a side of local history with your tacos, visiting Heights Taco & Tamale is your best bet. For nearly 60 years, Browning’s Mexican Restaurant occupied the Kavanaugh location in the Heights, one of the oldest neighborhoods in Little Rock, and while the food wasn’t necessarily the selling point, locals felt at home there.

Yellow Rocket Concepts has unleashed Heights Taco & Tamale in a way that subtly captures that local pride while serving up food in a trendy, versatile atmosphere. The space is hip and unique with touches of nostalgia in the large marquee on the far wall, as well as bits of modernity from the colorful light fixtures to the scripted ‘Hola’ along an accent wall.

Check out the patio fully equipped with bar stools and shared elbow room. It’s the place to be on nice evenings, sipping a drink and watching passers-by.

The menu is a combination of Arkansas roots – think the Delta, with a bit of Tex-Mex thrown in. Come hungry and start with dip, as you’ll have a wide variety of salsas to choose from. Have fun choosing from the seven different taco options or properly dressing up your tamales with cheese dip or chili.

The drink menu comes from a local legend, Lee Edwards, who also develop drink menus for past Yellow Rocket restaurants. The offerings are extremely light and drinkable, perfect for the patio. The Whiskey Fix is an excellent choice but the frozen Mojito is a bit of a local go-to drink.

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