PV Cuisine hits the mark in both gourmet and street food offerings
I had the pleasure of spending some time in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, and was thrilled at the variety of culinary offerings you encounter when exploring Puerto Vallarta cuisine. Whether you’re experiencing gourmet dining in one of the fine restaurants you’ll find in PV or enjoying a culinary creation served at one of the street-side vendors or cafes, you will find great food. Search the hashtag #PVCuisine and you will be amazed at the abundance of information to whet your appetite!
exploring PV Cuisine
We took a Foodie Walking Tour with Vallarta Food Tours in the El Pitillal neighbourhood of PV. Vallarta Food Tours has a 5-star rating on Trip Advisor and I support that rating. The husband and wife team of Paul Mayer and Lindsay Prime run the company and are friendly, knowledgeable, and accommodating. Without question, my favourite food item on the walking tour was the seafood tostada we had at Pichis. It only cost around $3.50 USD and came with soup. The tostada was piled high with the most tender octopus I’ve ever had, along with local shrimp and avocado and freshly-made salsa.
Other specialties we enjoyed during the walking tour included the carnitas (BBQ’d pulled pork on a tostada), watching fresh tamales being made by a group of ladies, being refreshed by a fresh fruit cup, and a visit to the local candy shop, where we saw pecans being candied and tasted a delicious freshly-made coconut candy roll. There was superb variety of authentic Mexican taste treats on the tour, which lasts three hours and leaves you with the true flavour of Puerto Vallarta without spending a wad of cash. The tours cost $49 USD per person and are worth every penny.
If money is no object and you’re looking for the high-end of PV’s culinary offerings, there are many excellent restaurants, each with its own specialty or unique ambiance. Of the variety we tried, I enjoyed La Leche the most for several reasons. The decor is striking. The exterior is white and black, reminding you of cows–which is where “la leche” (or milk) comes from. The interior of this trendy restaurant is all white, and colour accents are used for different occasions throughout the year.
the best of Puerto Vallarta cuisine
We were treated to a seven-course meal at La Leche, which included this amazing menu: Fresh-caught yellow tail tuna (raw), Beef carpaccio, vegetable soup, octopus with risotto, veal with handmade tortilla, La Leche duck (specialty of the house), and a dessert that made this chocolate lover swoon–a flourless brownie served with nuts, popcorn, and ice-cream. I enjoyed every course, the ambiance, and especially meeting the founding chef/owner Nacho, who now serves as the front man for the restaurant, circulating throughout the dining room and speaking with customers while his son works culinary wonders in the kitchen.
I also loved the Vista Grill for its scenic vistas and chic ambiance, the River Cafe for its amazing art collection and terrific tasting menu, Gaby’s for its outdoor patio that offers great views of the town while enjoying both dark and light moles, cold beer, and a shot of tequila as a chaser.
I could go on, but I think you get the idea! You will never be bored or disappointed with the selection of restaurants and eating establishments in Puerto Vallarta. If you’re on a tight budget, you can still eat well for $5 a meal. And if you’re looking for memorable world class gourmet cuisine, you’ll find that, too.
Each November, PV hosts the International Gourmet Festival — an event I’d love to check out! Puerto Vallarta cuisine is guaranteed to please the gourmand, no matter what your preference. And there are some good chocolate options, too! 🙂