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PV and Sayulita recs?

bernalgirl Oct 6, 2006 11:09 PM

We are experienced Mexico travelers who plan to spend a lot of time investigating crowded taco stands and such. However, on this trip we'll be traveling with our toddler daughter and will need to sit down and feed her at regular hours.

She has a pretty adventurous palate (even likes heat), and we travel with a small inflatable booster chair, so mac'n'cheese and highchairs are not requirements.

Any recommendations?

Thanks very much in advance.

  1. m
    marlie202 Dec 6, 2006 01:48 PM

    Sayulita--great for fish-I haven't been there in a while-but there was a food stand off the highway with the best fish--and reasonable--enjoy

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    1. re: marlie202
      Jim Leff Dec 7, 2006 01:33 PM

      marlie202 - can you be more specific about the location?

      chefcman - do you know what days the taco restaurant is closed?


      1. re: Jim Leff
        Eat_Nopal Dec 7, 2006 01:46 PM

        Homeboy... don't you have some writing to catch up? I am impatiently waiting to read how you missed the good finds in Culver City / Mar Vista :)

        1. re: Eat_Nopal
          Jim Leff Dec 7, 2006 06:15 PM

          There's a crew processing this stuff to get it online, and they have lots of other stuff to process. Logjam...though I think a new one just went up today. Anyway, stay tuned (also, have you really read all the reports to date? there's a bunch of 'em. Even my mother hasn't read 'em all!

          BTW, for those who don't know, we're talking about this stuff: http://www.chow.com/tour

          ...and, if anyone wants to discuss that stuff further, please do so on the board for discussing my road trip, at http://www.chowhound.com/boards/show/60


          1. re: Jim Leff
            Eat_Nopal Dec 8, 2006 06:59 PM

            I am up to date... pretty entertaining, although your writing is too optimisitc, enthusiastic & upbeat in a Disney film sort of way.

            1. re: Eat_Nopal
              Jim Leff Dec 8, 2006 07:56 PM

              Thanks for the review. I like your writing just fine, fwiw.

        2. re: Jim Leff
          marlie202 Dec 7, 2006 08:53 PM

          driving from Puerto Vallarta to Sayulita-there is only one road/highway-it is on your left hand side right off the road-has umbrellas to shade you from the sun(when last I was there)it is unpretentious-have the fish and you can go for a nice swim after-
          but be careful the tides are strong-there is also a pretty famous spot off the highway(perhaps in Bucerias) around there that sells these molten chocolate cakes-I don't think they are all that great-but many people do-enjoy

          1. re: marlie202
            chefcman Dec 8, 2006 04:53 AM

            in bucerias that would be pie in the sky

            they have also opened up again in puerto vallarta
            not sure of the address there but it is not too far from rizo supermarket

            1. re: chefcman
              marlie202 Dec 8, 2006 12:57 PM

              yes it is Pie In The Sky-but I don't really care for those
              besos (kisses) choco molten little cakes-do you

          2. re: Jim Leff
            marlie202 Dec 7, 2006 08:58 PM

            I too travel and use my nose to see what's great-it's a great adventure and one can come up with a lot of great food and meet
            nice people and experiment with ideas you learn from these road experiences-I love the site-

            1. re: Jim Leff
              chefcman Dec 8, 2006 04:51 AM

              marisma is closed on monday in both locations
              the marina one stays open till 7 the one in old town is open till 5

          3. Eat_Nopal Oct 18, 2006 03:42 PM

            Bernalgirl, I have a cousin that lives in PV... here are the insider favorites:

            Marina Vallarta

            > Tribu
            > Nikki Beach
            > El Tacon del Marlin
            > Suzie Wong's
            > Porto Bello


            > No Name Cafe
            > Agave Grill
            > BarCelona Tapas
            > Cafe des Artistes
            > Carlos O'Brians
            > De Santos
            > La Bodeguita del Medio
            > La Dolce Vita
            > Los Xitomates
            > Viejo Vallarta

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              chefcman Oct 17, 2006 01:25 PM

              when is it that you are going?
              my wife and i always go to marisma fish taco either by the tunnel or in the marina excellent tacos and great smoothies.

              On allende up the hill from the malecon there is maria calendaria for tamales you sit in their home and eat

              and i highly recommend dona salu which is on berlin in the hotel zone 99% locals and worth the trouble to find

              here is a link to something i found 3 years ago it could help

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              1. re: chefcman
                Jim Leff Dec 5, 2006 04:59 PM

                Do you or anyone else have further info on Maria Calendaria? Address/phone? All I could find was this: http://erinfox1.tripod.com/index.blog...

                1. re: Jim Leff
                  Jim Leff Dec 5, 2006 05:26 PM

                  Got it. Tamalería María Candelaria, #851 G. Sanchez, at Allende. No phone, apparently...

                  1. re: Jim Leff
                    chefcman Dec 6, 2006 12:58 PM

                    sorry about getting the name wrong
                    it is on the corner of sanchez and allende

                    you cant go wrong here
                    16 different types of tamales dinner for 2 will set you back a whopping 10 american or less

                    for other tamales, on sunday across from the entrance to the church
                    tamales vicky chicken or pork tamales for 8 pesos each

              2. j
                Jer Oct 17, 2006 12:12 AM

                Puerto Vallarta

                Marisma's Fish Tacos is quite memorable. They have a stand near the tunnel in Old Town near Basilio Badillo and Carranza. With your daughter you can go to their restuarant in Marina Vallarta (to the left when you enter) which is very civilized and extremely good.

                Also in Old Town, both Fajitas Republic and Cafe de la Olla deliver consistently good food.

                Trio near the Mallecon is wonderful but pricey.

                Every night there is a wonderful old man that makes churros just outside the church on Aguacate. We dream about those churros as well as Marisma's fish tacos and they are both our first stop whenenver we return to PV.

                Margaritas does good classic beach-town food and the restuarant next to it (the one that also rents boards) does a great coconut shrimp and coconut mahi-mahi.

                There is a little restaurant at the Villa Amor hotel that is hit or miss, but the location is nice and quiter than dining in town.

                If you're willing to spend the money, we've had a number of memorable meals at the Four Seasons in Punta Mita (their outdoor restaurant is more casual and just as good).

                Have fun!

                1. s
                  SusanB Oct 11, 2006 06:20 PM

                  That's true - I remember a really good pizza at Don Pedros. Another place where I had forgotten the name! It was also one of the few places that took visa. That was important to us, since there was nowhere to get cash in Sayulita, unless we went to Bucerias. Not sure if that's changed.

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                  1. re: SusanB
                    Jeanne Oct 11, 2006 06:29 PM

                    Was in Sayulita a year and a half ago - was a day trip - we stayed in Bucerias. Don't know if the cash situation has changed.

                    I tried to post some photos of the food from Don Pedros but it didn't work - great food and presented beautifully.

                    Bernalgirl - I have some good Bucerias recommendations if you are spending time there.

                  2. j
                    Jeanne Oct 11, 2006 06:19 PM

                    Don Pedros on the beach in Sayulita is fabulous - give it a try. Great seafood, sandwiches, salads, etc.

                    1. s
                      SusanB Oct 11, 2006 12:26 PM

                      We were in Sayulita a few years ago, and actually found quite a few good restaurants. There was a little taco place - I can't remember the name though - it's on the main square. They had this 'fish bowl', I think it was called, that I loved - fish and rice, with veggies. Inexpensive and delicious. But there were also more high end places and we had no problems finding places that were good.

                      1. bernalgirl Oct 11, 2006 06:11 AM

                        Looks like there's not a lot of info out there. I'll be sure to post when we return.

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