Sayulita Carne Asada

Street Taco Talk

The Best Carne Asada

Writer Justin Henderson walks the streets of Sayulita, Mexico looking for deals, and often, they can be seen gently bubbling in the Carne Asada sauces on almost every street corner, or in this case, on Avenue Revolución as you drive into Sayulita.  If you are lucky enough to stop by Tacos on the Street, make sure to say “Hola”  to Jorge, and Sandrita and wish them congratulations for their recent baby.  Make sure you follow up the Carne Asada tacos (with corn tortillas, the traditional Mexican way) with the Key Lime Pie, Home made Brownie, or the best Flan in town. You won’t be sorry!

Sayulita’s got some pricey dining rooms, but for those in search of bargain-priced street food, taco vendors dish great product off street side stands, informal sidewalk dining rooms on the sidewalk, even mobile carts. Most offer variations on the same product—soft corn or flour tortilla, the main event—chicken, meat, fish, or veg–and then pile on the do-it-yourself toppings ranging from fresh guacamole to fiery chilies to pickled onions to fresh salsa.  At 12 to 25 pesos a pop, three tacos will usually fill you up: great deal for a fast meal!

Try Tacos on the Street, on Ave Revolución on the north side of the bridge, for topnotch rib-eye carne or vegetarian.

Carne Asada

Tacos Ivan, just past the (soon to be reopened) bridge en route into town, does meat off a perpetually revolving roast or chicken off the grill. Make sure to get the pastor, a great port in traditional marinade and watch the skillful cooks flick of the chunks of pineapple with as much skill and finesse as any Japanese Benihana chef. And Laura’s Tacos, the taco cart near the beach end of Calle Delfines, offers simply great fish and shrimp tacos.  Even better—there are probably 20 other taco stops in Sayulita with equally tasty product.

Laura's Fish Tacos

Photo by Donna Day

Justin Henderson is the author of nine books on architecture and interior design, travel guides to Costa Rica, Los Angeles, and the Caribbean, and seven murder mysteries featuring amateur sleuth Lucy Ripken. His surfing style is much like his writing, playful, smooth and easy on the eyes.

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