First Look: Tacos 4 Life in Fayetteville

If you didn’t know the location of Fayetteville’s new Tacos 4 Life location used to be a drug store, you probably wouldn’t notice. Extensive remodeling, a great new paint job and colorful accessories throughout the building make it look exactly like what it is: a fun place to eat with friends and family.

Tacos 4 Life isn’t just about serving great food in a chill atmosphere. It’s also about helping hungry kids.

The first Tacos 4 Life location opened in Conway in 2014, with another following earlier this year. All three shops donate 22 cents from every meal to Feed My Starving Children, which helps pack and ship meals specifically for malnourished children to locations around the world.

The Conway locations send meals to Swaziland, while funds from Fayetteville will go to Honduras. And while 22 cents might not sound like much, it’s enough to pay for one meal.

The menu is the same at all three locations, so if you’ve eaten in Conway you know what to expect. I got my first taste during the soft opening last week.

A wide range of tacos, including chicken, beef (ground), steak, pork, fish, shrimp and veggie options are on offer. Buy a single taco to sample several for your meal, or get two of the same plus rice.

I sampled the Southwest Grilled Chicken, featuring refried black beans, cream-style corn, jack cheese, pico and southwest dressing on a flour tortilla; and the fish taco with coleslaw, pico and “secret sauce” on a crunchy corn tortilla. Both were messy but fresh tasting and delicious.

For starters you can get chips and salsa, guacamole or queso (or all three). The guacamole was pretty smooth and not at all spicy, while the queso had a bit of a kick.

Sides include the corn, beans and coleslaw found in some of the tacos, as well as a side salad with black bean salsa and jack cheese and the unexpected star of the day: cilantro lime rice, which is heavily spiced with lime and other flavors and actually not too full of cilantro.

If you don’t feel like tacos they also have nachos, quesadillas, burritos and salad or rice bowls. Another diner at my table got the tropical salad with magic tofu, and it made me a little jealous. The salad has mango, avocado, red grapes, cotija cheese and toasted pumpkin seeds, along with a cilantro citrus vinaigrette.

If you’re still hungry after all that, they also make churros, sopapillas and a cookie dough quesadilla that’s just going to have to wait until my next visit.

Tacos 4 Life opened Tuesday, September 8 at 1572 N. College Ave. in Fayetteville. Check them out on Facebook or on their website for a full menu and more information about their charitable giving.

Have you checked out Tacos 4 Life yet? We’d love to know what you thought.

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First Look: Tacos 4 Life in Fayetteville