Though coveting thy neighbor's wife or underground sprinkler system is beyond the pale, longing for a mouthful of his cuisine is an understandable desire. Today's Groupon satisfies desires to eat from the table of our nation's neighbor: for $10, you get $25 worth of Mexican fare and drinks at Viva La Bamba, with locations in Des Moines and Urbandale.
Viva La Bamba's saves flailing tongue buds from edible ennui with its menu of authentic Mexican dishes, specials, and mixed drinks. A combination of tacos, enchiladas, burritos, and vegetarian eats make for steadfast meal mates ($6.25–$7.75), while inventive house specials tantalize palates, such as the Viva La Bamba, a fajita love fest that marries chorizo, shrimp, chicken, and rib-eye steak in delicious matrimony ($12.50). Those looking to sturdy their sea legs sans restrictive sailor suit can choose a pescatarian plate such as the camarones a la diabla, a serving of shrimp piqued with spicy red sauce ($9.50), or the sautéed salmón Viva La Bamba ($9.25).
For sweeter moments, spoon up some sopapilla, a crispy concoction of fried pastry dough topped with honey, cinnamon, and ice cream ($2.99), while tipping back a house margarita ($5.75+). Viva La Bamba also offers a weekday all-you-can-eat lunch buffet ($6.50), as well as daily drink specials to keep throats and their complicated system of levers and pulleys fully lubricated.