La Ola Rica, San Pancho
Tel: 52 311 258 4123
Concierge.com's insider take:
Although Puerto Vallarta's hungry masses have plenty of choices right in town, they'll happily drive 30 minutes north to the town of San Pancho (a.k.a. San Francisco) to swoon over the hearty offerings at La Ola Rica: coconut shrimp with mango sauce, pasta primavera, barbecued pork ribs. The owners opened the café in 1996 as a dessert and coffee house and have expanded over the years as their fans demanded more choices to go with all those pitchers of frosty margaritas (the pasta primavera was the first dish they introduced). The dining room now fills a half-block-long stucco building festively decorated with Frida Kahlo posters, colored lights, and plenty of pink bougainvillea. There's live music some nights, and reservations are advised in winter.—Maribeth Mellin
Open Mondays through Saturdays 5:30 to 11 pm, November through July.