As if my guide on where to go & what to do in Puerto Vallarta (PV) wasn’t convincing enough to book a trip there asap, I haven’t even mentioned the food…yet! Keep reading to see some of the deliciousness that Puerto Vallarta has to offer.
PLANETA VEGETARIANO, PUERTO VALLARTA, JALISCO, MX:
When I learned that there was an all vegetarian (mostly vegan) buffet in Puerto Vallarta, I was overcome with excitement. Living in Jacksonville, Fl, vegan options are few & far between. A buffet with plenty of vegan options is a dream come true, so we decided to have our first meal in PV at Planeta Vegetariano. The restaurant is located in a beautiful courtyard just a couple of blocks away from the famous Malecon. About 80% of the buffet was vegan, & that consisted of mostly warm Mexican dishes as well as a salad bar. The owners were very welcoming & our meal was very tasty. The dinner buffet cost just 105 pesos (approx. $6 USD) – an amazing deal!
We have arrived!
Vegetable rice, fried brown rice, seitan & veggie kabobs, beans, sautéed peppers, pumpkin soup (in the back)
The seitan & veggie kabobs were the top hit!
SALUD SUPER FOOD, PUERTO VALLARTA, JALISCO, MX:
A short walk from our condo brought us to the health conscious restaurant, Salud Super Food. In the mood for breakfast but didn’t quite get up in time? Have no fear, this is one of those amazing establishments that knows we (the people of the earth) want breakfast at any & all times of the day, thus you can order breakfast all day long here. They also have an amazing lunch menu too. They offer many vegan food & drink options. Our food was very colorful, flavorful, & delicious. Their fresh squeezed orange juice was the best I’ve ever had in my life. I seriously debated walking there each morning for a glass. I’m kinda mad at myself now for not doing that. Salud Super Food offers indoor & outdoor seating. The indoors is a chill vibe, complete with sofa seating & books to read. We opted to sit outside in the shade though, & it was plenty comfortable, even in the summer. It’s very affordable. My husband & I both ate with drinks for under $15 USD.
Love this quote in the bathroom.
Color from the plates to the food.
Soyrizo (soy-based chorizo) & tofu scramble burrito w beans & a side of fruit
Thai curry quinoa bowl
VEGGIE TABLE, PUERTO VALLARTA, JALISCO, MX:
Veggie Table gets it’s name not only as a great all-vegan restaurant pun, but also because there’s one very long table that takes up the length of their dining area. This restaurant serves up mostly traditional Mexican dishes with a fun twist. The owner herself is vegan & has a gift of pairing unexpected flavors together with great success. She makes her own seitan & vegan cheese from scratch. Both were fresh & delicious. We both ordered multiple items off of the menu & our total was still around $10 USD.
Our full meal complete with sauce options; green chile, salsa, tomatilla, & spicy paste
Pastor seitan taco
Seitan, mushroom, jackfruit, tofu (+ rice, beans, other veggies, sauce) burrito
Tinga (cabbage & carrot) quesadilla w tapioca cheese
Spicy chickpea rice bowl
VEGGITALIA PIZZA & OSTERIA VEGETARIANA, PUERTO VALLARTA, JALISCO, MX:
We had no idea that we would have THE best Italian food of our lives in Mexico, but you bet your ass that’s what happened! TWICE! Veggitalia (another great restaurant name) is an all-vegetarian (easily veganizable) restaurant serving up authentic Italian dishes. The owner is from Italy & is [at least] trilingual (Italian, Spanish, English). You can tell food is his passion & that he gets complete joy from making & serving up beautifully-plated cuisine. Our first visit was so incredible – one of those meals where you’re just like, “Oh my god this is good”, “So good”, “Delicious”, “I love this” , etc every single bite. Out of the five hundred million tomato sauces I’ve had in my life, Veggitalia’s takes the cake, or should I say takes the pasta! We enjoyed our meal so much that we went back just 48 hrs later. I want to move to PV just to eat Veggitalia at least once a wk for the rest of my life. Okay, as you can tell, I could go on forever about my love for this place. I’ll end this review with, prices are around $8-ish USD/plate – it’s insane (in a “I would pay ten times that” kind of way).
Pera & muez salad
RESTAURANT LA HACIENDA DE ORO, CABO CORRIENTES, JALISCO, MX:
I already shared about our incredible experience at the Vallarta Botanical Gardens here, but I only made a quick mention of their on-site restaurant. As we walked up to Restaurant La Hacienda de Ora, we were absolutely floored by the stunning architecture, décor, & views. First glance of the menu (seen here) won’t look like there’s much for vegans, but they are very accommodating. Just let them know you’re vegan & they will tell you what all they can make for you. We both had an amazing vegan meal, with the view of hummingbirds flying right beside us as we ate. It was a lovely experience. A dining experience like this would cost at least $35/per person in the states, but as you can see on the menu linked above, the most expensive dish is a mere 230 pesos (approx. $13 USD).
Sautéed peppers & onions, guac, rice & beans, & flour tortillas
Lorenzo & I were both very happy with the availability of vegan options & the perfect balance between the authentic Mexican cuisine that we desired (hello we were in Mexico!) & other types of cuisine so not to get sick of it. I still cannot get over how cheap everything is compared to in the states, of course I highly suggest generous tips. I also highly suggest knowing [at least] the basics of another country’s language & in this case how to ask what’s vegan, as well as more specifically what has milk, eggs, etc. Until next time!