Sunday, March 8, 2015

SAYULITA, NAYARIT RESTAURANTS: Our Top 10 Favorites (So Far)

OUR FAVORITE RESTAURANTS SO FAR...

BUT WE HAVE MANY MORE TO TRY!

     If you check out TripAdvisor, you will see the list of 90 restaurants in Sayulita, all rated pretty high. There really are many great restaurants in this town. That is probably one of the main reasons I enjoy staying in Sayulita for several months each winter. I love good food! How will we ever get to all of the great restaurants here? Well, this year we are staying in Sayulita for two months. Next year, we decided that it will be at least three months! Sayulita may end up being the town we decide to settle in in our motorhome for five months each winter. We have to work our way through that list of 90 restaurants, but for now, these are our favorites that we regularly enjoy. If I only had one week in Sayulita, these are the 10 restaurants that I would be sure to visit.
Lattitude 20 Restaurant /Bar Sayulita
1. Latitude 20: This is currently our favorite restaurant in Sayulita (admittedly, we haven't tried even half of the restaurants yet). The variety on their menu is diverse enough that we can go once a week during the two months we will be here and try something different each time.  This year, we have enjoyed an order of sushi and a salad on one visit and found it to be delicious and fresh. Then we had the BBQ Ribs, mashed potatoes and sauteed vegetables on a Sunday afternoon when there was live music by Bordertown Roots, an enjoyable Reggae/ Blues band. Last year we had the Phad Thai with Shrimp on two different occasions and couldn't get enough of it. We hope when we try it again this year that it is just as good! The atmosphere is comfortable and cozy, with an outdoor patio garden including bamboo and palm trees and an indoor restaurant / bar with a new dark green paint color that is rich yet comforting. Located at 79 Manuel Navarrete.
Reggae / Blues Music by Bordertown Roots on Sunday From 2:00 to 6:00
The Wood-Fired Pizza Oven at La Rustica
2. La Rustica: Voted "Best Pizza" in the "Best of Sayulita 2014". We agree. While there are at least five great restaurants in Sayulita that we like for pizza, our favorite is La Rustica. We enjoy their salads, too, made with fresh ingredients in tasty combinations. The Cheese and Wine salad, containing grapes is unique in this area and a real treat. Located at Avenida Revolucion 40 R.
Jon and I Are Happy to Return to La Rustica for Pizza and Salad
3. Cafe Arte: We enjoy the pizza so much that we want to have it every time we go to Cafe Arte. We always start with the Caprese Salad; each time it is very fresh and tasty. We resisted the pizza this week and had the Beer Battered Sea Bass and we thought it was excellent. The slice of chocolate cake for dessert was unbelievably chocolaty, rich, and large. Jon and I shared one piece and could not finish it. We are so glad that Cafe Arte moved from San Pancho to the corner on Av. Del Palmar next to the Sayulita Trailer Park where we stay!
4. Alas Blancas: This is our favorite restaurant on the south end of the beach. The only requirement for parking ourselves there all afternoon, sitting on their comfy lounge chairs under their sturdy umbrellas, is that we spend at least 200 pesos (per table). We have no problem with that. We usually order one chica-size Margarita each and lunch. We loved the Shrimp Quesadillas listed in the appetizer section of the menu. They were more like tacos as they were served on small corn tortillas with melted cheese; an order of 3 was enough for a meal. The chipotle sauce and very fresh shrimp made these a hit with us. We had to go back the next week for more Shrimp Quesadillas even though the special of the day was Fish Tacos. Located at Delfines Centro #219 A Col., we find the restaurant by their name on the brown umbrellas. Their little store, facing Delfines street at the corner of Navarrete St., has a very good selection of specialty items including organic products such as peanut butter, granola, soy milk, rice crackers, and more.
Calypso's Pretty Sign at the Entrance
5. Calypso: This is our favorite upscale restaurant, so far. Calypso won “Best Restaurant” in the "Best of Sayulita 2013", the SayulitaLife.com annual contest. We always treat ourselves to dinner here once each year. The quality of food and the service is consistently excellent. The flan for desert is the best in town (so far), in our opinion. The upstairs open-air seating is perfect for watching the action on the plaza. Located at Ave. Revolucion #44 across from the main arch on the plaza.
Romantic View at Sunset From Don Pedro
6. Don Pedro: The beachfront setting and Palapa dining room can't be beat in Sayulita. It is romantic, peaceful, and a good place to watch the surfers at sunset. Don Pedro was voted "Best Restaurant" in the "Best of Sayulita 2014". Once each year we go for a dinner of pizza (yes, we love pizza), salad, and cold Chilean wine at least once each year. The seafood, beef, and salads are exceptionally good, also. We found the Filet Mignon to be an excellent choice the last time we visited. The waiters are always polite, prompt, and attentive. Located at Calle Marlin 2, Centro.
7. Paninos: I love their pastries! Paninos was voted "Best Deli/Bakery" in the "Best of Sayulita 2014". I pass their walk-up counter on mornings when I go to Zumba at Estudio El Jardin or Yoga at Mexi-Fit.  I go to fitness classes to get healthy and keep my weight down. How am I supposed to stay fit and healthy eating those rich, buttery pastries? Well, once a week I succumb to the temptation. I stop on the way home after class and purchase one pastry to share with Jon. Yum! I'll just work a little harder in my fitness classes and do a little more boogie-boarding to burn it off. Located at Calle Delphine near the Iguana Tree.
Always a Crowd Waiting For Ice Cream at Wa Kika
 8. Wa Kika Ice Cream: This family owned and operated ice cream stand was the busiest business in town some evenings and for good reason. The homemade ice cream was the best we have ever tasted in Mexico! They also have Popsicles in many flavors. I tried the Rum-Raisin and really enjoyed it! Located on Avenida Revolución near the central plaza.
Entrance to Miro Vino is Warm and Inviting
9. Miro VinoWe are always looking for a new pizza restaurant. When we got to this restaurant, we looked at their menu by the door and there was no pizza listed on it so we were about to leave when the manager approached us. We asked him if they had pizza and he said “Oh sure, with anything you want on it. But the house rule is NO HAM AND NO PINEAPPLE”, and he laughed. They had a wood-burning pizza oven visible from the dining room. We watched the pizza-maker create our pizza, beginning with rolling the fresh dough with a rolling pin. Our first course was the Arugula, Goat Cheese, Cherry Tomato Salad which was fresh and tasty. The pizza was delicious and we couldn’t understand why it wasn’t on the menu. Plenty of other people ordered it too, so it must just be one of those things that “everyone knows”. Miro Vino was one of two winners of the “Most Popular Restaurant” contest in SayulitaLife.com in the January 10, 2014 newsletter.  Located at Calle Mariscal #15.
Ruben's Distinctive Sign and Red Paint Let Us Know We Have Arrived!
10. Ruben's Deli: We find Ruben's by watching for their distinctive red paint and sign. The word from some of the locals is that Ruben’s makes the best sandwiches in town and we would add that they have the best french fries, too. Ruben's won 2013 “Best Cafes, Delis, and Bakeries” in the www.SayulitaLife.com annual contest. Located at: Avenida Revolución #D,

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4 comments:

  1. Thanks you so much for the references for these popular Sayulita restaurants! But dear I need a list of best Boston restaurants. Actually I am going to get married in Boston so I need to reserve a restaurant for my wedding reception. Please share a list of good Boston restaurants!

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  2. I'm glad you found my list of Sayulita restaurants helpful. I know Sayulita pretty well and enjoy writing about it. However, I do not know Boston at all. TripAdvisor would be a good place to look for a Boston restaurant. Good luck with your restaurant plans!

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  3. I really appreciate you sharing this. When I am traveling it can be really difficult to find restaurants that are any good. A lot of the time I find that people suggest you go to some chain place. I am not interested in that. When I travel to a city I want to eat the local food with local people.

    Cristopher @ Lamoraga Restaurant

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    1. Hope this helps when you visit Sayulita. There are several other restaurants that have become favorites of ours since I posted this article: Los Corazones, Sayulita Cafe, and Emilianos, to name a few. Thanks for reading and commenting!

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