The fact that Puerto Vallarta has an amazing array of choices when it comes to dining is no secret to many. And our town has spent decades perfecting the fine art of creating unforgettable experiences at the dinner table. There are annual events such as the International Gourmet Festival which takes place every November, or Vallarta Lifestyles’ Restaurant Week every May. VirtualVallarta.com has over fifty of Puerto Vallarta’s finest restaurants listed on its online dining section, and an increasing number of them (15 as of this writing) accept reservations online through OpenTable.com. Add to this the uncountable traditional Mexican eateries, usually catering to locals, but always garnering attention among visitors, along with taco stands available in just about every other corner. Rest assured, you will not leave the town hungry.
Needless to say, competition is fierce among these eateries, each one of them aiming to stand tall in tourists’ memories. I have quite a few spots that offer spectacular food on my frequent-dining list. From that list, here are two unique Puerto Vallarta dining experiences you may want to consider for yourself.
Eat Grasshoppers at El Arrayán
Don’t cringe! Well, at least, not yet. Eating chapulines (grasshoppers in Spanish) and other insects is a widespread tradition throughout Mexico, particularly in the state of Oaxaca. They are usually eaten toasted, as a snack, or as a filling, as is the case in El Arrayán, where they are served as tacos.
Cook Your Meat on a Rock at Japanice
Ishiyaki, or using a hot stone instead of a grill to cook your meat at the table is a fun and traditional way to cook food. At Japanice, the hot rocks are placed over thin orange slices, infusing the thinly-sliced rib eye with a soothing aroma. The restaurant itself is so stunning, visually, I was compelled to create a 360º panoramic image of Japanice a while back. Check it out!