The locals eat very economically at the many street food stands in Vallarta. The most common is the Taco (this is not like the tacos that Taco Bell serve), it’s served flat and you can fold or roll it anyway you like. Quesadillas, Sopes, Volcanoes, Huaraches, Gorditas and Burritos are also available at certain stands.
You can also have whatever you want in it – totally ‘a la carte’.
The biggest concern associated with Street Food & Taco Stands is hygiene, since they do not have running water. The good ones are easy to spot and all these listed here are very good in hygiene.
Look before you buy – see that the person who handles the money and dirty dishes is NOT the same person who handles the food.
Also notice that the paper / plastic plates are covered with a fresh plastic bag for each new customer. Another good sign is if it’s got a lot of customers.
Many excellent stands are here in Vallarta and, to begin with, we’re concentrating on the south side.
The following reviews were provided for me by my good friend Guylaine Touchette, who had 19 years of experience here, but who, unfortunately, is no longer with us.
Other additions, as they come, will be credited to the person who recommends them. Ratings are from zero to 5 stars.
We have added two Cenadurias, indoor, but still Street Food, economical, sit down restaurants where the locals also eat. Also added the famous Churro Man and just a few doors away the Tamale Lady, delicious tamales.
Anyone wishing to submit a favourite Taco Stand, please give as much detail as possible.
The Famous Churro Guy.
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|STREET FOOD STANDS|
|1.Tacos de Birria||Tacos Dorados in the am. 9am-3pm||2. El Moreno||closed Thursday. 9am – 12am. 10-18
pesos. Meat Tacos and Quesadillas.
|3. La Horniga Feliz||Birria, Tacos and Quesadillas,
9am – 2pm Birria .
6pm – 1am, Meat Tacos & Quesadillas. 10-15 pesos,
|★★★||4. El Flaco||7 pm to 1 am,
closed Tue & Wed. Tacos al Pastor.
18! pesos a taco. The best and spiciest sauces. recommended by Cecilia Lim.
|5. Takos Pancho’s||An inside place, not a stand on the street, but the best Tacos al Pastor. 11 pesos. 3pm – late||★★★★★||6. Meat Tacos and Quesadillas||Open at night.
|7. Mendozas||One of the oldest stands, has everything, incl. Pastor now.||★★||8. La Horniga||Tacos & Quesadillas.
opens at 6pm Tacos 13 pesos. Recommended by Brenda.
|9. Tacos Los Jarochos||4pm -2 am, 7 days. 10-20 pesos||★★★||10. El Tuito Taquería||Tacos 10 pesos, Quesadillas 25 pesos||★★|
|11. Tacos de Mariscos||Outside used to be a
fish tienda. 11-14 pesos 9am – 6pm
|★★★||12. Birria Robles||Birria Beef or Goat, 9am to 4pm,
very busy. Tacos are 10 pesos.
|13. Marisma||10am to 5 pm. Closed Mon. Fish tacos, best in town. Shrimp tacos about 15 pesos. Highly recommended by Our Brenda, Fred from Guerneville and Dan from
|★★★★★||14. Memo’s||8 pm to 2 am. Get the Bin Laden Shrimp Burrito. 60 pesos. Quesadillas also.
Recommended by Our Brenda.
|15. El Cuñado||(Brother-in-law), 9 am -11pm, except Sun and Tue 9am-6pm. Jorge and brothers run this taco stand, part of a family enterprise.
Taco de Maiz 9p, Taco de Harina 10p, Quesadillas cheese 9p, meat 12p. Adobado is wonderful. Recommended by ‘vallartalover’
|★★★★||16. Mariscos Mismaloya||Fish Tacos, Shrimp, Fish Salads & Soup. Tacos are 10-12 pesos. 10am-5pm. Ask for Adela.||★★★★|
|17. Tacos Santa Cruz
– San Juan
|Tacos de Cabeza, Lengua & other ‘parts’ 4pm to when they run out. 9 pesos.||★★★★||18. Carnitas Vargas||7am-4pm Carnitas 12 pesos. 5pm-6am Tacos 10 pesos
Recommended by Idaho Thomas & Shawn T.
|19. The Famous Churro Man||Next to the church, 5pm till he runs out. 1 pesos each.||★★★★★||20 Tacos Armando||7:30pm – 1am. Beef, Chicken and Tripe, 13pesos, Volcanes 5 pesos||?|
|21. Cisneros||Seafood Tacos from 15p-25p, street stand + sit down restaurant w/entrées, 11am-8pm closed Tues.||★★★★||24. Tacos Las Gueras||Nighttime, indoor and outside stand. Tacos 13 pesos. 7pm – 12:30am||★★★|
|25. Tacos Gonzalez||Tacos de Cabeza 2pm-10pm.||?||26. Ceviche El Guero||Very Popular 10am – 2pm closed Tuesdays, 12 pesos.||★★★★|
|31. Tacos Santa Cruz||Tacos 13 pesos y Quesadillas 8am-5pm.||?||32. El Garlapago||Seafood Tacos 15-18 pesos. 9:30am – 4:30pm||Recommended by George Callaghan.|
|CENADURIAS (Family-Style Resturants)|
|22. Cenaduria Celia||Pozole, Enchiladas, Tostadas, Caldo de Res, Gorditas, Sopes, Pig’s Feet & more. Beer. Very Economical. 6-11pm Closed Mon. & Tue.||★★★★||23. Cenaduria Anita||Pozole – Chicken & Pork. Tamales, Gorditas, etc. Open later than Celia.||★★★|
|BREAKFAST ? (economical)|
|27. Dianita||Breakfast & Comida Corrida Very Economical. 8am-6pm (2pm on Sundays)||★★★★★||28. Los Antojitos de la Panza||Open at 7am to 4pm, Breakfast and Lunch. Closed Sundays.||★★★★|
FISH ON A STICK
|29. Tamale Lady||Pork, Chicken & more. 13 pesos. 5pm-10pm Closed Sundays||★★★★||30. Balam Balam.||Grilled Snapper, Ceviche & Shrimp||?|