Puerto Vallarta - Fish Tacos & Lunch
Going to Puerto Vallarta week of Thanksgiving, never been there.
Staying at villa with cook preparing breakfast & dinner, left to our own devices for lunch.
My assigned food task is to find the perfect fish taco. Does such a fine thing exist in PV?
In addition, would appreciate any suggestions for lunch. Prefer in city, will also be taking a car out for a day or two. Beach recommnedations also would be nice, heard they're very nice to the south.
Muchos gracias muchachos!
I did not see any fish tacos (do you mean Baja style?), but I loved my tostada de pulpo (octopus)at the San Lucas restaurant/bar in the Romantic zone of PV. No frills, you might just pass this second story joint by - do yourself a favor and walk up. Simple, fresh, good food. Excellent refried beans, guacamole made to order, zingy fresh salsa. This appeared to be a casual, local hangout.
A good calm-watered native beach north of PV is Distiladero beach - I was there over Easter weekend and the place was mobbed with families just hangin' on the beach with food-laden coolers preparing meals for themselves. Beach goodies for sale included whole grilled fish on a stick (did not try), entire peeled mangoes carved like open petals of a flower sprinkled with chili,salt and fresh-squeezed lime juice - super refreshing, and fresh coconuts hacked open with a machete, the juice poured into a plastic bag with a straw for sipping, and the moist meat sliced up for snacking.
If you continue north a little further to Punta Mita, eat at El Dorado. It's on the beach and they provide showers to rinse off in. Sixteen of us FEASTED for under 300.00 usd. The grilled snapper plate (2 whole for 68 pesos) was tremendous and get an order to pass around of the odd-sounding but super "house" shrimp with Kahlua - local shrimp stuffed with mild white cheese, wrapped in bacon, grilled, and finished in a buttery Kahlua and sliced banana sauce. Try not to be reminded of bananas Foster while eating shrimp,tho. Good, brothy, seafood soup and chicken enchiladas, too, are mentioned in my notes.
Below I've included a link to some stall food of old PV. There are some good finds, but I've got to tell you that the air just reeks rancidly after they close down for the afternoon, so try to stroll around earlier or you may find yourself losing the lunch you just ate.