Eating local foods when we travel is one of our most favorite things to do! We make it a priority to scope out places to enjoy local specialties done well. Places loved by locals and visitors alike. We spent 5 weeks in Puerto Vallarta and had the absolute pleasure of eating our way through the delightfully compact city.
We also love to kill two birds with one stone when it comes to outings when we travel. We explore destinations on foot most of the time so finding multiple things we want to do (or eat) that are within walking distance of each other is considered a major win!
One tasty Spanish treat we were dying to get a taste of in Puerto Vallarta was churros. Doing a quick search on Yelp for local favorites, one came to the forefront almost immediately.
A small stand aptly called “Churro Stand” on Yelp, boasted rave reviews. Described as a large pot of boiling oil, and one guy pumping out delicious, cheap, fresh churros nightly, and we were game!
The directions to the Churro Stand were a bit vague so we set out with a general idea of where to find it. We had high hopes, understanding we had a narrow window to procure the tasty churros as the busy vendor came with a set amount of batter and when he was out, that was it for the day.
The address for the stand on Yelp is Calle Jacarandas 244 Col. Emiliano Zapata 48380 Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, Mexico. Reviewers wrote it was situated behind a church.
We arrived downtown by bus and jumped off a few blocks shy of where we thought the Churro Stand would be. After meandering up and down a few blocks we rounded a corner and spotted a church. We beelined behind it and there stood the Churro Stand!
Lucky for us there was no lineup. But as our churros cooked a line of locals started to build. It was so much fun to watch the churro man shoot the batter into the oil via a metal churro press gun.
After we had our delicious, hot, sugar-laden churros in hand we headed to the beach to enjoy the sunset.
On our way there we discovered another eatery we’d planned to visit during our trip. We’d learned about it during the Day of the Dead parade we’d attended a week before.
The place called Los Muertos Brewing had people dressed as skeletons advertising their craft beers and authentic stone oven baked pizzas!
Pizza, good pizza (not Pizza Hut or Dominos) is another thing we’re always on the lookout for when we travel. And, Los Muertos sounded like their pizzas would be amazing, not to mention their carefully crafted beers!
With an authentic stone pizza oven and craft brewery on site, we felt so lucky to have found the place a few short blocks from the Churro Stand.
I think it’s safe to say when most people hear about Mexican beers they think about Corona, Pacifico, or Dos EquisXX; smooth drinking light lagers.
Los Muertos recognized a growing population of beer drinkers were pushing craft beer tastes into the mainstream. Upon relocating to Puerto Vallarta, the founders of Los Muertos were driven by their thirst for more flavorful beers.
After much hard work and careful planning, they successfully brought Vallarta its first craft brewery November 2nd (the official Dia Los Muertos in Mexico) in 2012.
They’ve been brewing up tasty craft brews ever since!
And what goes with beer better than pizza? Los Muertos makes the best pizza in Puerto Vallarta as well!
They offer specialty pizzas with bold sounding names like Pancho Villa, Cesar Chavez, and La Patrona.
And then there’s the build your own pizzas with robust ingredients including sun-dried tomatoes, Italian sausage, goat cheese, pesto and everything else you’d expect from an authentic high-quality pizza producing establishment.
Needless to say, the pizza and the beer did not disappoint.
We ended up visiting the Churro Stand and Los Muertos on three different occasions traveling from as far as neighboring town Mismaloya just to get a taste!
Well worth the trip for both.
Puerto Vallarta is loaded with great places to eat local fare like tacos al pastor (spit-grilled meat like shwarma or donair meat is prepared) and comida corrida (fresh cooked meal of the day offerings). We enjoyed these types of foods daily during our 5-week visit to Puerto Vallarta.
Really good pizza, churros, and craft beer were harder to come by.
After doing a lot of research, we know Los Muertos and the Churro Stand serve up the best churros, pizza and beer in Puerto Vallarta!
Have you visited P.V.? Where are your favorite places to grab a bite to eat? Please share your thoughts in the comments below.
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