Guacamole, like bamboo, is smooth, green, and powerful to wield during lunchroom food fights. Fling some green down the gullet with today's Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of Mexican and Tex-Mex fare at La Valentina in Benton.
The taste-bud ticklers at La Valentina prepare gourmet Mexican and Tex-Mex cuisine from scratch, using fresh ingredients united by rave-worthy recipes. The menu edifies traditional dishes with tenets of contemporary gastronomy, resulting in enlightened edibles such as fish tacos—corn tortillas topped with grilled tilapia, spinach, and pineapple-avocado pico de gallo ($10.99)—and smoked chicken enchiladas with zesty roasted tomato sauce ($8.99). Avocado artists chop, mix, and serve guacamole ($7.99) tableside, and the back-kitchen preps heartier plates such as the 12-ounce adobo marinated rib eye ($14.99). After the last plate clears, dessert devotees can pay their respects to the sugar gods with Mexican ambrosia such as the volcano—a gooey chocolate mound with a warm fudge center, topped with vanilla ice cream and caramel ($6.49)—and flan ($3.29).
La Valentina's dishes roll off the table and onto the dance floor on Friday and Saturday nights, when musicians saturate the air with a peppering of salsa-inspired notes—notes that carry out onto the restaurant's starlit outdoor patio, complete with simplified seating and a pleasant absence of climatic control.
1217 Ferguson Dr.
Benton, Arkansas 72015Get Directions