It’s been a long time coming, but I finally made it to Lili’s Mexican Street Food, a food truck that’s been receiving high praise from the masses. Here is a brief rundown of the business, along with my initial thoughts on the food. 

 

 

The Food: The menu is comprised of six types of tacos, including quesabirria (short rib with consome), cochinita (slow-roasted pork), asada (grilled steak), chicken, cactus and mushroom. Each taco costs $3.50. There is also a quesadilla with a protein of your choice, a combo meal with three tacos, rice and beans, and a California Burrito. Folks should also keep an eye out for specials like gorditas, esquites (corn in a cup) and taquitos.

 

The Location: Lili’s sets up at various spots (primarily throughout Little Rock), including places like the SoMa neighborhood, Hill Station, Bernice Garden and East Village.

 

The Verdict: I mean, seriously, what is not to love about this food? Everything we tried was fantastic, but the California burrito with roasted pork was the absolute star of the show. Along with the pork, the burrito comes jammed pack with cheese, crema, pico de gallo, and yes, French fries, all stuffed in a flour tortilla. Not that this burrito needs anything else, but if you fancy some heat, the folks at Lili’s will offer up a tiny shot of spicy oil that will burn a hole in your throat, which is only a slight exaggeration. 

 

 

If you haven’t been living under a rock, then you know that quesabirria is wildly popular in these parts. Finally! Lili’s rendition, which we ordered a la carte, is on par with many of the others that I’ve tried in the past. Loaded with shredded beef and cheese, then given a quick hit on the grill top to crisp up the outside, this taco is best eaten by proceeding each bite with a dip into the accompanying beefy broth. 

 

My only regret of the lunch was not trying Lili’s cactus taco. Folks rave about it, although cactus hasn’t really been my thing in the past, so I decided to maintain a more conservative approach on this inaugural visit to the truck. No worries, as the trio of tacos (one each of mushroom, roasted pork and asada) on my combo meal was delightful. That included the roasted pork with pickled onion and crumbled queso fresco on a blue corn tortilla. Vegetarians should also rejoice, as the mushroom taco with sauteed bits of fungi is a satisfying option. 

 

 

Our food came out in a timely manner and ownership was just as friendly as could be, offering up a complimentary logo sticker upon my order’s completion. It’s easy to see why word on the street has been so positive about Lili’s. To go along with great food, there’s a genuine kindness that exudes from the folks behind this truck. It is obviously a winning combination and one that I have no doubt will continue to shine in the future. 

 

In a town like Little Rock where there is no shortage of elite Mexican food options, Lili’s stands out. 

 

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