A few weeks back, we found ourselves on a plane for the long journey from Hong Kong to Mexico. We made a quick stop in Chicago before making our way the small town of Sayulita. This was Patriot’s first time to Mexico and mine too! Yes, somehow after more than 2 decades of living in Texas, this was my first time to travel to Mexico. I was so excited to visit to go and celebrate Peter’s cousin getting married and to have a mini-reunion with family!
I was also very excited to spend a week eating nothing but scrumptious Mexican cuisine. I know that authentic Mexican food is different than the Tex-Mex I spent my life eating, but different is not always bad. In this case, it was amazing! Warm fresh corn tortillas. Spicy salsas. Cold margaritas. What could be better?
If you find yourself in this vibrant, hip, surf town here are a few of my favorite eats to try in between shopping and sunbathing.
Grab a seat out on the street and chow down on shrimp tacos topped with roasted poblano pepper, warm melted cheese and avocado. Basically my dream taco and thus why I ended up here more than once!
Often called the best al pastor tacos in Sayulita, you can’t not give them a try. For those not familiar with al pastor, it’s basically Mexico shawarma and it’s amazing! There was a short feature on it in an episode of Ugly Delicious and how Lebanese immigrants adapted this style of cooking to Mexican flavors. Lebanese + Mexican is a combo of two of my favorite types of foods. What’s not to love?
CHEESE MADE INTO A TACO SHELL. I repeat, cheese melted and formed into a vessel to hold meat and salsa and other fillings. Need I say more? Aside from that treasure, they make an incredible variety of tacos. We ate there twice, but I have to say that our takeaway order for 5 or so tacos took over 45 minutes to be ready, so during peak hours, be prepared to wait or order and come back.
Peter declared this to be the best Mexican breakfast he’s ever had. We both had the chilaquiles platter two mornings in a row.
Another breakfast spot which I actually preferred over ChocoBanana (though both are excellent). The portions are huge so come hungry.
Tucked away, just a short walk from Sayulita’s main drag, you’ll find this local coffee shop with freshly baked bread and desserts, and a nice selection of drinks. I had my morning and afternoon lattes here every day. It’s the type of place where the staff will really learn your name (and in this case, your daily drink order) and we had fun practicing a bit of our rusty Spanish skills.