Rolando’s Nuevo Latino Restaurante
223 Garrison Avenue
Fort Smith, AR 72901
Ok, so Rolando’s isn’t actually Mexican.
But “Nuevo Latino Cuisine Monday”? Not quite as catchy.
Besides, tortilla soup IS Mexican, and the cuisines are close enough cousins that they ought not to be kissing, if you know what we mean.
Don’t know about you, but Fort Smith Eats loves us some tortilla soup. We’ve found that when you’re stuck at a Mexican restaurant and you’re not really in the mood for the standard rice & beans dishes and you’re maybe not tremendously ravenous — or you just want something a little lighter — tortilla soup fits the bill almost always. Almost every Mexican restaurant has some variety of it (though, oddly, not Los Jalapenos, which just has seafood-based soups). Tortilla soup is usually surprisingly filling, affordable, and happy tasting.
Rolando's comfortably cluttered interior looks much nicer than Fort Smith Eats' "comfortably cluttered" abode tends to look.
El Super Taco (several locations)
1930 Midland Blvd.
Fort Smith, AR 72904-5918
You know, here at Fort Smith Eats, we’re not always fancy. We know our way around a white tablecloth place, sure, but we also just love good food, no matter where we find it. One place you we can reliably find good, fast, cheap, authentic Mexican food in the city is the place with the name that always makes us inwardly giggly, El Super Taco. (Tip #1: You’ll enjoy it 63% more if you always say it with the enthusiasm and approximated accent of a Mexican gameshow host, with many exclamation points. “Elllll Souuuuper Tacooo!!!”)
"Diet Breakers!" = Truth in advertising.
Why is it that restaurants in former gas stations always bring the awesome?
3000 Grand Ave
Fort Smith, AR 72901-3112
It’s easy to take enchiladas for granted. They’re always there, reliably and unexcitingly waiting to be selected from the menu of any Mexican restaurant worth its margarita salt. People never say, “I’m having enchiladas!” but usually, “I’ll just have the enchiladas.” They aren’t an adventurous food. Still, Fort Smith Eats is a fan of good enchiladas. Being unapologetic cheese fans, we’re usually happy with just plain cheese enchiladas. Nothing against beef or chicken, but cheese is generally where it’s at.
That’s because it’s hard to really screw up a cheese enchilada. Rolled-up tortilla. Melty cheese. Sauce. It takes a lot of work to not get that right. It’s like the PBJ of the Mexican restaurant world. Beef enchiladas can be too bland or greasy, and chicken enchiladas not covered in a spicy verde sauce or creamy sour cream sauce are typically pretty disappointing.
We’d been to Los Jalapenos on Grand Avenue just once before. It was okay. Typical rice and beans and Mexican combo dinner place. But Mexican Monday was approaching, and it had been probably over two years since the last visit, so we ventured back to the place with the grinning, shades-wearing pepper on its sign.
Hey, around here, any place with an actual logo is fancy eatin'.