Fam­ily restau­rant de­liv­ers amaz­ing dishes in Ozarks

Pineville na­tive, Alan Bone, brings de­li­cious en­trees to his home­town at Haven 55

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - FEATURE ARTICLE - BY SEAN LAUGH­LIN/NWA ME­DIA

With in­cred­i­ble Mex­i­can cui­sine and a large ‘Cantina Bar’, Aca­pulco Mex­i­can Restau­rant has quickly become a pre­miere restau­rant in North­west Arkansas.

Dec­o­rated to repli­cate the Mex­i­can Riviera, Aca­pulco has made enor­mous strides in their four years in busi­ness.

Lo­cated at 1602 E. Robin­son Ave., in Spring­dale, man­ager Clara Re­sendiz is ex­tremely proud of the growth that her restau­rant has made.

“We are al­ways get­ting new cus­tomers, but we also have a lot of loyal, reg­u­lar cus­tomers,” said Re­sendiz.

She gives a lot of credit to those reg­u­lar cus­tomers for not only com­ing back for more of their tasty dishes, but also for spread­ing the word, or “word of mouth” as she put it which helps the restau­rant ex­pand to new cus­tomers.

The de­li­cious cui­sine is pre­pared by vet­eran grill-mas­ter Ruben Al­macan, who Re­sendiz cred­its with a great deal of their suc­cess. She also notes that her en­tire staff is a huge part of why people love to come back.

“We try our best to treat all of our cus­tomers well with great ser­vice, fresh and qual­ity food, and just make them feel wel­come,” Re­sendiz said. “I love talk­ing with the people that come in and mak­ing sure all of our cus­tomers leave sat­is­fied.”

This menu full of clas­sic TexMex as well as new His­panic dishes for all cus­tomers. With three types of Na­chos (Bean & Cheese, Fi­esta and Fa­jita), Taquitos, Que­sadil­las, Shrimp Be­si­tos and two kinds of queso, Aca­pulco’s ap­pe­tizer menu is great for a crowd or one as they come in half or­ders and full or­ders. There is also an ‘Ap­pe­tizer Sam­pler”, which in­cludes na­chos, taquitos, que­sadil­las.

Re­sendiz says that the Fa­ji­tas (beef or chicken) are the most pop­u­lar menu item. “People just love them,” she said with a smile. “Whether its just the fa­ji­tas, the fa­jita tacos, fa­jita na­chos — they just love it all.”

The Fa­ji­tas Fa­mous Siz­zling Plat­ter starts at $9.99 for one per­son, or for a cou­ple $17.99. These are filled with either beef or chicken, toma­toes, onions and green pep­pers. As well as let­tuce, pico de galo, tor­tillas, sour cream, gua­camole, rice and beans. A great deal for a fan­tas­tic, and fill­ing dish. And in­stead of beef or chicken, Aca­pulco has Shrimp Fa­ji­tas for $11.50 for one, and $20.95 for two. With the op­tion to have all three (chicken, beef and shrimp) for $10.95 and $19.99.

Shrimp is a huge part of the Aca­pulco menu, with it dom­i­nat­ing the Seafood Spe­cial­ties that are served. The Shrimp a la Par­ril­lada is red snap­per and grilled chicken for $13.99, the op­tion of just a Shrimp Cock­tail is avail­able for $10.99. An­other seafood fa­vorite is the Shrimp Alam­bres which in­cludes scal­lops and cat­fish for $12.99.

“That’s what makes us dif­fer­ent than most of the other Mex­i­can restau­rants, it’s the va­ri­ety we of­fer on our menu,” Re­sendiz said. “You won’t find shrimp at many other places.”

Cheese En­chi­ladas and Spinach En­chi­ladas are great non­meat op­tions while there are Beef En­chi­ladas and Chicken En­chi­ladas for those that want it all. All of these priced at $7.99.

The menu also comes with a large va­ri­ety of non-Mex­i­can spe­cial­ties, with three choices of 8-ounce rib-eye steaks that range from $11.99 to $12.99 for the Aca­pulco steak, which is served with four shrimp, as well as steamed veg­eta­bles and fries.

A pop­u­lar menu item that is or­dered is the Sopa de Tor­tilla, which is a clas­sic Mex­i­can chick-

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spe­cial that varies each day. All Lunch menu items are $8 or lower, which is a great deal for the qual­ity of food.

At 2 p.m. each day, Haven 55 closes for three hours un­til the din­ner time cus­tomers be­gin to come in at 5 p.m. where they are open un­til 9 p.m.

At 5, cus­tomers can taste de­li­cious en­trees such as the Pork Chops, Haven 55 Chicken, Fruiti Di Mar, Pork Ten­der­loin and the Cedar Wrapped Salmon.

“We have our in­cred­i­ble New York Strip that isn’t ‘a la carte’, it comes with two sides (a starch and a veg­etable), for $25. Which also has our bleu cheese sauce, it is a great deal,” Pam said.

At din­ner time the Ham­burger, Croque Monsieur, Grilled Chicken Sand­wich and Lunch salad are also avail­able for the same price as at lunch.

Haven 55 also serves beer in bot­tles for $3, which in­clude do­mes­tic beers as well as a Sea­sonal Craft beer. Wine is served for $5 a glass dur­ing lunch and din­ner. The Tav­ern, is lo­cated next to Haven 55 has been open since 2013, a year af­ter Haven 55 first opened its doors and is more of the ca­sual set­ting with a bar, pool ta­ble and stage for live mu­sic.

“The Tav­ern is only open on Fri­day and Satur­day from 5:00 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. We have live mu­sic on Fri­days and karaoke on Satur­days. We do serve our house-made pizza and other bar type fare in the Tav­ern. You can check out our web page at www. haven55.com to see who the en­ter­tain­ment is for each week. There you can also check out our menus and other in­for­ma­tion,” Pam said.

The home­made piz­zas in­clude seven sig­na­ture pies and a buildy­our-own pizza start­ing at $12. As well as wings that come in three house-made sauces; Asian, Buf­falo, and or­ange-chipo­tle.

The Tav­ern and Haven 55 are avail­able for pri­vate par­ties on non-busi­ness days with a min­i­mum pur­chase. Though, there are no reser­va­tions for par­ties of more than eight people are ac­cepted on Fri­day and Satur­day nights.

There are separate Face­book pages for Haven 55 and The Tav­ern. The web­site for both es­tab­lish­ments is haven55.com. More in­for­ma­tion is avail­able by call­ing (417) 223-2055.

SPE­CIAL THANKS TO NORTH­WEST ARKANSAS DEMO­CRAT-GAZETTE

De­li­cious New York Steak with two sides (one starch, one veg­etable), and bleu cheese sauce on top for $25 at Haven 55.

SPE­CIAL THANKS TO NORTH­WEST ARKANSAS DEMO­CRAT-GAZETTE

Haven 55, is a re­mark­able restau­rant with a fam­ily at­most­phere, great food and en­joy the view of Lit­tle Sugar Creek in Pineville, MO.

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