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Local restaurants and Street Food in Puerto Vallarta


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Local restaurants and Street Food in Puerto Vallarta

yasuo | | Jun 13, 2011 09:09 PM

There is outstanding street and local eating in PV. El Carboncito, *(Honduras and Peru) made famous by Rick Bayless, is a bare bones restaurant that is as plain and simple as its single claim to fame, its tacos al pastor. There are surely tens of thousands of al pastor spits in Mexico, but here the meat is lean, thick cut and smoky, similar to Hunan smoked pork. Add your own salsa, or just eat it plain. Two doors down is lookalike Rocko's with the same al pastor setup, but their meat is not quite as lean, and the tacos smaller. But Rocko's brings a side bowl of pineapple and a couple of excellent salsas, from mild to numbing. The Al Pastor stand at Naranjo and Cardenas is one my favorites: rich, smoky al pastor with 5 salsas and pico de gallo to choose from. Pepes on Honduras (one block from El Carboncito) smothers their al pastor with fried onions, a completely different concept. Pepes is a PV institution and serves up all the taco variants; gringas, volcanos, tostadas. Right next door to Farmacia Guadalajara at Insurgentes and Cardenas is the stand 'La Hormiga' where they make terrific fresh sopes. Their 5 exquisite salsas are what make their sopes and Volcanos shine (their carne asada is tough, however; we go veggie). Finally, finish off your street roaming at the corner of Cardenas and Jacaranda in the evening at the churros cart, where fresh churros are hand cranked into hot oil and served piping hot.