Puerto Vallarta , Mexico, If you are a fan of the very popular Eat like a Local by CNN here is some great insider information from a Puerto Vallarta Local, who likes to eat.
My 3 favorite places to eat in Puerto Vallarta are not known for décor or ambiance, but the food is something you will dream of. Hard to choose which is my personal favorite, I think a tie between Pepe’s Tacos – the Tacos al Pastor are legend, partly because of the amazing fresh salsa. If you Google “Pepe’s Tacos Puerto Vallarta” you will be amazed with the pages of listings that come up from Facebook, to endless pages of Trip Advisor and other similar sites with rave reviews, incase you doubt my advise..
Taco’s al Pastor are made by stacked with paper thin slices of marinated pork with an entire Pineapple at the top on a long skewer and slowly grilling it. As the outside layers of the meat are cooked they slice them onto freshly made corn tortillas and top it all with a tiny slice of pineapple, then as you order fresh cilantro and sweet onions. The de rigor Beverage to go with Tacos is an icy cold beer and Pepes does have beer. The grilled Beef Carne Asada is also memorable but the good news is that the tacos are small so you can have some of each. I understand the current record is 23 tacos. The view from Pepe’s is of a Pemex Gas station so do not take anyone who prefers ambiance over food.
The other top of the list is the Shrimp Burrito from El Tacon de Marlin, Seafood Burritos. The have a location next to Pepe’s Tacos and one across from the Airport. I have heard that many of the savvy airline staff run across the highway and take home up to 20 Shrimp Burritos when in Puerto Vallarta on layovers.They are also well represented on the internet, Google El Tacon and it pops up from Facebook to dozens of Trip Advisor and other travel sites. The Shrimp Burrito is amazing, and the green salsa is better than your first love.
It comes with a rather gourmet salad of Jicama, cucumber and when in season fresh mango, with a very light creamy dressing. The salad is excellent but hard to focus on it when you have the Burrito, but it makes the perfect 2nd course post Burrito very light and refreshing.
The final of my 3 Eat like a Local Favorites Is Marisma Fish Tacos amazing fresh seafood tacos and Ceviche, with their own freshly made salsas and hand-made corn tortillas as you order. They even have their own website if you want to check. This is a very casual street stand with extra seating along the sidewalk under a small cover. So do not expect linen napkins or crystal or china. This is street food at its best. Enjoy
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