Located on Mexico’s Pacific Coast overlooking Banderas Bay, the stunning vacation town of Puerto Vallarta has long been a favorite getaway for Hollywood elite, families, couples and singles who are ready for some laid-back fun in the sun. Puerto Vallarta is also a fantastic destination for foodies, and travel writer Renee Blodgett of the Huffington Post recently discovered what’s best in this west coast gem.
“On a recent trip to Puerto Vallarta, I had an opportunity to taste a variety of dishes from local food trucks and local restaurants,” she wrote.
As for her favorite, Blodgett picks Cevicheria El Guero, a small restaurant that also gets high marks on TripAdvisor. Blodgett recommends trying the “basic but delicious” tacos, chicken and fish, but adds that the Mahi-Mahi ceviche is really where it’s at.
“They cure many of their ceviche dishes in lime and in this case, also carrot, green pepper and green chili.”
Of course, no visit to Mexico would be complete without sampling the fare at the local taco stands, and Puerto Vallarta is no different. Blodgett taps Tacos Robles on Constitution Emiliano Zapata, a family-run Birria taco stand that has been around since 1986 and is still very popular today. Also, Tacos el Cuñado, which is located on Francisco Rodriguez first opened in 1968 and is a must-do for any visit to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.
Carrying on the family-run-for-generations theme, Cesar’s Coconut stand on the corner of Aquacate 271 has also been around since 1968 and has passed through the hands of three generations of family members. Insider Tip: Try the coconut milk – it is fresh and delicious!
Located in the center of Puerto Vallarta, El Arrayan is a Mexican restaurant that is known for its delicious salads, tamale, meats and fish, including ceviche, which is made here with orange juice, guajillo chili and cilantro mayonnaise.
“One of my favorite spots for both atmosphere and food is Gaby’s, a popular Mexican restaurant in town on Mina #252,” wrote Blodgett. “Attention to detail is one of the things you’ll notice first about this quaint romantic spot where you can dine both inside and out on their beautifully decorated patio.”
She recommends trying the tequila pairing at Gaby’s, as well as the Green and Dark Mole. The stuffed avocado with shrimp, mixed lettuce and creamy avocado dressing is also a favorite, along with the tortilla soup with fresh cotija cheese.
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