OK, Not really a street vendor but Pancho runs this fab Takos [sic] spot right west of Cafe de Olla o Basilio Badillo after about 7pm. It has 2 outside tables on the sidewalk, esp. good when hot, and about 5 inside ones. You get a piece of paper and check what you wish and how many. Al pastor or chorizo quesadillas are my faves but we love it all here and so cheap. Please check it out!
Favorite Dish: Pork al pastor, chorizo quesadillas, beef, chicken.
That is what it says on the wall next to this stand, E=MC^2 Smart People Eat Here.
The gentleman who runs this stand, Eduardo, serves up some awesome seafood burrito's. I ate here twice and had the Marlin Burrito the first time, and the Shrimp Burrito the second time. Both were large and extremely delicious.
Eduardo is quite a character. He loves to chat and spent some time in the United States, so he speaks excellent English. He is also fond of Motown and Classic 60's and 70's Rock that he has playing on the boombox.
Favorite Dish: Marlin Burrito and Shrimp Burrito.
Both are very large. The Shrimp Burrito for example had about a dozen plump shrimp. The meat is seasoned very nicely and is grilled fresh. He adds lettuce and tomato once the meat is cooked and grills the tortilla. They come with a side of Macaroni Salad and a squeeze bottle of this delicious Hot Habanero sauce. Makes me want to book a trip back there just for one of these burritos.
You can find quick, simple, and affordable eats at charming little cafe-restaurants in old - town part of Vallarta. Several times I got cheese quesadillas for 7 pesos each. If you're not picky, and you're on a budget, it works. :)
Having lived in Vallarta, it has allowed me to experience a lot of the food that is sold on the street. Being that I feel a need to try anything and everything it has landed me a trip to the bathroom more than a few times.
I know that a lot of people are hesitant when it comes to eating street food; my advice is to choose the locations where all of the locals are eating. The place that I recommend is just outside the short tunnel located on the corner. The food there is simply amazing to say the least.
I highly recommend the tacos al pastor, or pork tacos. Tacos al pastor are cooked much like you would gyros. What sepperates them from the other vendors is that instead of cooking with gas, they use charcoal.
Whenever I come into contact with anyone that is going to Mexico I always tell them to complete there trip with some tacos al pastor.
I also recommend taking a taxi there, because it is a bit off the beaten path.
Favorite Dish: This is your typical street vendor, which is always full with locals. This is one of the busiest places to buy street food.
The atmosphere is really laid back.
HOW TO GET THERE
there is a road that you can take into vallarta that goes around the downtown area and brings you to old town vallarta. There is 2 tunnels that you need to go through in order to get there. This is just outside the short tunnel. It is the first taco place that you will see.
It opens at 7pm.
During our few hours in Mismaloya, we had drinks and snacks at a little outdoor restaurant. The restaurant consisted of tables and beach chairs underneath a thatched-roof hut. Luckily we were safe under those huts, as the wind picked up and it started to rain - HARD! There was literally a monsoon, washing the beach away from right infront of us. But it only lasted half an hour!
Simple, good food. And cheap.
Favorite Dish: We have eaten from street vendors every time we have gone to Mexico and not had any problems.
Make sure to have some of the more fun food, prepared and brought to you on the beach!
Favorite Dish: Grilled fresh prawns and mahi-mahi - 20 MXN each