Inside a narrow corridor at the Mercado Emiliano Zapata in Old Town Vallarta is one of our favorite Mom and Pop restaurants where we are always guaranteed a hot bowl of delicious birria de res (beef stew soup), huevos rancheros and a chile relleno plate that never fail to satisfy!
The name of the restaurant is a bit of an enigma, but of the three different stalls that are there, it is the one directly in the middle.
Affordable and with serving sizes large enough to fill your belly for the day, the comfortable ambiance with a local’s vibe make for a memorable experience.
My favorite is the birria, a traditional Jaliscan spice-filled soup that is served with rice, tortillas, cabbage, onions, radishes, lime and three different salsas on the side.
For two plates and three large glasses of fresh-squeezed OJ, our bill is usually around 220 pesos, less than 13 US dollars.
After indulging to our heart’s and stomach’s content (there’s always room for one more bite!), a walk is in order, so around the market’s streets and in and out of the various stalls we love to explore.
For a behind-the-scenes view of the tortillería at el mercado, click on this video below but do keep the volume low lest you enjoy a nail on chalkboard sound.
A trip to el mercado Emiliano Zapata is not complete without a stop at one of the many fruterías where one is immersed in a bouquet of fresh produce!
If you are ever in the downtown Puerto Vallarta area and are wanting to have a unique, local experience, I highly recommend an outing to El Mercado Emiliano Zapata! It is sure to delight your senses and fill your belly!
Have you had the pleasure of going to this mercado or others in Mexico? I would love to hear about it in the comments section below!
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