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Old September 24th, 2009, 08:29 PM
Chuck Palm Chuck Palm is offline
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THE best view in Vallarta by far is "Las Carmelitas." The down side is that it is way up the mountain and a strenuous drive for brave taxi drivers. (Not for the weak of heart)

They raise their own cattle and chickens. Sometimes the animals dine with you. (not the cows though) This "palapa" style restaurant is a real mexican experience. The waiters even give the women guests serapes to cover up with on a chilly evening.

The view is absolutely amazing. The food is pretty darn good. The ribs are often fabulous. The service is outstanding and there is even a small ruins there on the property.

Every time I go to Puerto Vallarta I have to eat at Las Carmelitas. However our other favorites are:


Seafood (great but not fancy).......................Polo's (Mariscos Polo) *
Seafood (Upscale)........................................L a Palapa
Mexican Faire (Upscale)............................... El Arrayan

Mexican Faire (moderate)............................. Los Arbolitos
Ask for the "locals" menu, it's cheaper but same food

Continental Cuisine......................................Cafe Des Artistes
Cuale View Restaurants................................Le Bistro or River Cafe
Cheap breakfasts........................................ . Casa de Hotcakes
French............................................ .............Back Alley Bistro
Mediterranian..................................... .......... Vitae and/or Trios
Ribs and/or Steamed Shrimp (Sports bar)........El Torrito *

We visit Vallarta often and have stayed several times for three to four weeks at a time. These are our faves. The starred ones are not touristy but excellent and very inexpensive.
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