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The theme here is one-stop shopping. Grab the essentials from the grocery: queso blanco from the dairy case; a big bottle of La Valentina hot sauce; a handful of peppers from the bulk bin (take your pick: chile puya, guajillo, ancho, chipotle, arbol, pasilla mulato, morita, pequin); cheap avocados and key limes from the ample produce section; a pack of Brenda's Tortillas, made fresh daily on 65th Street. Then amble a few feet to the butcher counter where you can get as freaky as you want to — there's everything from cabeza (cow head meat) to camarones (shrimp) — and for cheap. Next, grab a tray and tongs and, without thinking too hard, pile on as many different flaky, puffy, sugary, fruit-filled pastries and cookies as you can; they'll likely cost you less than $5. Finally, because grocery shopping always inspires hunger, head to the adjacent restaurant, where you'll find some of the finest tacos and burritos around. Make sure you get an agua fresca — choose between papaya, watermelon, cantaloupe, Jamaica, tamarind, horchata. It's like the nectar of the gods. With outlets in Southwest Little Rock and on Pike Avenue in North Little Rock. No alcohol, CC.

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A full-service grocery store catering to SWLR's Latino community, it's the small grill tucked away in the back corner that should excite lovers of adventurous cuisine. The menu offers a whirlwind trip through Latin America, with delicacies from all across the Spanish-speaking world (try the El Salvadorian papusas, they're great). Bring your Spanish/English dictionary.

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