Eating like a local:
Regional food specialties
-West Coast of Mexico for Seafood, Street Eats & Fancy Food
Today we head to Mexico and one of it's better places to vacation. After a wonderful four days in Aguascalientes
celebrating my cousins wedding the entire side of my moms fam and
some friends of the groom got on a bus and headed
for Puerto Vallarta.
First time visitor to PV
my immediate family and a couple of cousins stayed up the mountain in
Punta Negra. We had a really fantastic place on the beach that came
complete with a pool and personal chef and staff. The owner of the place
down to the helping hands were great. If you have a couple families or a
big one going down I'd recommend Casa Patty for a great stay.
A view of the beach from my rooms balcony
hadn't been to Mexico in some time. Frosh year of college spring
break we had an interesting experience that still makes for a great
story today but I was kind of turned off. Not just at the attempted
blackmail threats made by placa but also because Cancun is just a dump
of large resorts with places focusing on cheap all inclusive garbage in
which case you get what you pay for. Lesson learned? Stay away from
Cancun it's our Daytona Beach. Staying in Punta Negra worked out great
because we had an amazing beach to ourselves in the backyard and town
was just a short bus ride down the hill.
El Calamar Adventurero
I left I knew I was in good hands as far as food goes but in all
honesty this thread over at LTH
is so damn useful it was almost too much. Every time
I tried to read thru it I ended up over in Pilsen or somewhere else
eating Mexican food before I could write places down. So I just
kind of went at it as I walked around. Needless to say as I was reading
this before I wrote this report I saw this place below in a picture as
one of the good inexpensive joints in town. I concur and just like the
tipper said it's a great place near the bus stop where you get off at in
Shrimp and Onion Quesadilla
by local Mexican folks and gringos in the know. I ate here everyday I
was in PV (five to be precise) and even recognized the cook in Silas
Jayne's pics in that thread. You know the seafood is fresh because one of the
popular fish markets in town is a few feet down and the cook goes over
there to grab fish and shrimp as needed.
Shrimp and Fish Tacos
fancy here but the perfectly battered seafood served in a warm tortilla
with a slurry of sides for you to dress as you please tasted grand.
Served with cheap ice cold Pacifico these tacos hit the spot each and
every time I ate them. The shrimp in particular were fantastic and
whenever I get the crave which I still do I'll go to La Lagartija Taqueria
for something close but not quite as good. I noticed what seemed to be
like alot of expats or regular wintertime wanderers eating here along
with locals headed to or coming from work. It lived up to the looks.
Succulent Shrimp Tacos
we had a chef and all that I did alot of eating at our rental. I forget
her name but she was great and must of learned well from her mom. Each
meal requested whether it was fried whole fish like her mom used to make
or comfort favorites like chilaquiles for breakfast and chile rellenos
for lunch it was all good. She made some of the best damn Nayarit style
garlic shrimp I've ever had. We had her make it a couple times after
asking for her favorite or signature recipe she likes to make and eat
Home cooked meals that we didn't have to prepare...always nice
of the days spent there was on a big boat that we rented (Captain
included) and took out to a popular snorkeling area. Nothing special as
far as food goes on the boat but our guide was great and we had a blast
drinking and singing while enjoying good times. We've gone on some
great family trips with virtually everybody on my moms side (One of
Seven girls) over the years from renting a house boat in Kentucky to
renting a bus driver and touring Ireland. This was another fun one.
I saw this place early morning as we walked by and took note for later that afternoon
usually a good sign, especially considering not many people were anywhere else
Even though some family members weren't into eating seafood in Mexico
we gave Mariscos 8 Tostadas a go. I wasn't scared and those of us that
weren't we were rewarded with some good eats, especially after a day in the
sun. Fresh cold seafood dishes taste great and that's what they do here. You can get different varieties served on a tostada with an
assortment of salsas.
Tostadas w/ fresh seafood, Coctel de Camarones & Raw Tuna in Spicy Sesame Soy Sauce
liked this place and would go back again no problemo. Nice place to eat
at if your staying near the marina or doing any activities there. I
spent alot of time just walking around and stopping in at different bars
for a beer and of course worked up an appetite while doing so.
was one intersection in town that I mentally noted as "chicken square". It had a two grilled bird shacks and one rotisserie cooked chicken shop on three of the
four corners and it always smelled great around there when walking by.
Pollo Feliz won out on my last day as I gave into the amazing smells coming from it...
...Happy with my choice, this was a flavorful grilled bird
Across the street from Pollo Feliz
I spied these ladies making fresh sopes and had to have one
Chorizo con Papas not bad for a little more than a buck
Café des Artistes
also had a chance to get a fancy meal in and my sister chose Café des
Artistes as our spot to splurge out at. We had some good well executed
food made with fresh quality ingredients as was expected. The dining
experience as a whole was really top notch as far as service and
atmosphere goes. Very nice outside seating. We started with gratis short
rib nachos and I thought that was a little off as far as fancy food
goes but it was free and they were good.
as far as app's go were the Baked Goat Cheese "Crottin", Octopus
Carpaccio, Fresh Tuna Tartare and Confit Duck Chilaquiles. It got dark
and I couldn't get any half decent pics of our main entrees but the
shrimp au comal, lamb osso bucco and a few of the specials were
Giant shrimp flamed w/ tequila & veg broth w/ ginger, swiss chard frittata, confit mushrooms & French green beans
See ya next time @chibbqking