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Although Puerto Vallarta, Mexico is highly regarded for its large collection of gourmet restaurants, the amazing beach destination happens to boast some seriously spectacular street food, too. It is hard to miss the countless mobile food stands throughout Puerto Vallarta that offer a variety of foods including tamales, fresh seafood cocktails, roasted chicken, corn, fresh chopped fruits and vegetables served in cups, and the king of Mexican street food, tacos! What’s more, you don’t even have to get out of your car if you’re in a hurry; vendors will gladly prepare your food and deliver it right to your car or taxi.
Here are some pointers to help you navigate the sea of food stands in Puerto Vallarta:
If it’s popular with locals, you’ve probably found a gem
It’s a fail proof way to judge a food stand quickly in Puerto Vallarta; if it’s packed with local customers, without a doubt, the food is sure to be top-notch. An added benefit to a busy spot is that they cycle through food quickly, so your dish is sure to be incredibly fresh.
Conduct an inspection
Glance around the stand for cleanliness before you commit to eating there. Details such as a tidy grill area, clean salsa spoons, a hand washing area, the use of aprons, and servers with their hair pulled back, under a hat or a hair net, all point to a clean operation.
If you don’t speak Spanish, it may be easy to get nervous about ordering, but don’t be shy! Many vendors can speak some English, and will be happy to communicate with you on any Spanish you may know. If need be, you can always use gestures to get your point across- it would be a shame to miss out on a once-in-a-lifetime culinary experience because you were feeling shy!
Ask for a sample
Many vendors in Puerto Vallarta will be happy to give you a taste of something if you’re not sure what to expect, so ask away. The worst that could happen is that they say no!
A true highlight of Mexican cuisine has to be the salsas, and the top street food vendors provide a mind-boggling selection perfect for customizing your food, particularly tacos. Salsas vary in color, with everything from green to red and are crafted from chilies in limitless styles. They can be charred, simmered, or freshly chopped and blended with ingredients such as tomatoes, garlic, avocado, cilantro, nuts and more to delight the taste buds. Taste a little first before adorning your taco like you would add ketchup as these salsa can get pretty hot.
Puerto Vallarta’s Malecon
The southern area of Puerto Vallarta’s famed boardwalk fills up each evening with food vendors that sell a countless variety of treats with everything from crepes to corn in a cup. There is no better spot to buy something yummy to nibble on and watch the passersby.
If you don’t trust your own judgement when it comes to street food in Puerto Vallarta, you can always be guided by a professional on an exhilarating street food tour with one of these companies: