Puerto Vallarta Journals

Traditional Romantic Dining

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An April 2008 trip to Puerto Vallarta by Andariega

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Quote: For traditional, inexpensive Mexican food, with that home-cooked flavor, try one of these restaurants in Puerto Vallarta's Romantic Zone.

Comida Corrida Madero

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We were driving down the street looking for some place different to have breakfast. We saw the comida corrida place on Madero was open for breakfast too. We thought it only opened a few hours in the afternoon for fixed price lunch. There is no sign on the restaurant. It doesn’t really have a name. It is just a comida corrida place on the street Madero. When they are open they have cardboard signs, listing the day’s offerings, leaning against the wall outside.We walked in and found ourselves in a home. There were four or five tables; we sat at the only available one. Next to it was a piece of furniture with a TV and family photos on display. Over a few feet, on the sofa, were a snoozing gra...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 5, 2008

Restaurant Dianita

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Restaurant Dianita, in Puerto Vallarta’s Romantic Zone, is known for its inexpensive comida corrida (fixed price meal). It is small, clean and simple with brightly colored tables and a television in one corner. The menus hang on the wall.The energetic waitress smiled, letting us know we’d been seen, as we took a table by the door. We arrived earlier than the usual lunchtime but the place was already almost full, mostly with people who live and work in the neighborhood. We looked up at the menus. The waitress took our order minutes after we arrived.The a la cart menu was short, offering carne asada, milanesa (like schnitzel), burgers, sandwiches, burritos and quesadillas at very...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 5, 2008

La Fonda Steak & Sea Food

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Restaurant | "La Fonda"

La Fonda Steak & Sea Food Photo, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
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One afternoon, driving down restaurant row in Puerto Vallarta’s Romantic Zone, looking for somewhere new to try, we spotted La Fonda. It has been here a long time but we had never been in. From the outside it looked like many of the other storefronts on the street. Inside was clean and airy with nicely dressed tables. Out back was a cute little terrace with bamboo fencing, tropical shade giving plants and lovely murals of Vallarta. The waiter, who had patiently shown us around, who had waited while I took snapshots, smiled when we headed back in and sat under a fan. He quickly brought us our drinks and menus. I was surprised by the prices. They were very high by neighborhood standards with...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on July 5, 2008

La Fonda Steak & Sea Food
318 Basilio Badillo Col. E. Zapata
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
(322) 223-9447

La Fondita Cafe Kaffe

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Located in Puerto Vallarta’s Romantic Zone, La Fondita Café Kaffe is next door to La Ballena Azul (The Blue Whale), our favorite skanky cantina. We had not eaten here because it is not open at night. We were headed to the cantina early one day and decided to stop in for a bite first.The restaurant is long and narrow with simple wooden chairs and tables, terracotta tile floors, overhead fans, and a television, usually tuned to soap operas, in the corner. The kitchen is by the front door. We could see how clean and tidy it was. There are pieces of furniture painted on the wall. We sat between the fully stocked china cabinet and the table complete with a bowl overflowing with fruit. At the b...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on July 5, 2008

Mi Suegra

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Mi Suegra is one of the cheap comida corrida (fixed price meal) places in Puerto Vallarta’s Romantic Zone. It is one block up from the beach. From the outside it looks just like all the other storefronts and houses on the block.We walked in. The waitress, who was sitting down watching television, looked our way, twisted her mouth to the side, and faced back toward the TV. There were no other customers. We looked at some of the many photos on the wall. There were maybe ten tables in the place. We chose the one under the fan. Eventually acknowledged, we were brought menus. I asked what was offered on the fixed price menu as we were early for lunch and it hadn’t been posted yet. She bellowed ...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on July 5, 2008

Mi Suegra
FCO. I. MADERO 213
Puerto Vallarta