Well, it wasn't at my at my mama's that we were having breakfast.
This is a semi-hidden gem that is a bit off the beaten track, but getting to be fairly well known among the gringos. It has long been a favorite of the locals. It is up from the malecon and across the street from Cafe des Artistes and then up and up and up a set of stairs. I mention Cafe de Artistes only because it is probably the most expensive gourmet restaurant in Puerto Vallarta. I have been there a few times and have had experiences that have ranged from sublime to so-so. And for the prices they charge so-so is totally unacceptable. Unlikely that I will ever return.
But this is about Mama Rosa's, a place I would most certainly return to again and again for truely authentic Mexican food in a lovely setting and friendly service. I think Mama has passed to the great beyond, but I think it is her son runs it now, but don't quote me on that. It used to be open only for breakfast, but they now have a dinner menu as well.
Breakfast is buffet style and, sorry to say, I didn't get a very good picture of the offerings. I did get a picture of part of our crew lining up for the food, though.
Dig Right In
It is all you can eat and this was my initial selection.
A Hearty First Course
I had two kinds of tamales, green beans and eggs, which is a Mexican breakfast specialty, and I don't know what the other thing was. Very good, though. They also served an excellent coffee.
They also had a nice selection of deserts that included, according to the Mysterious Chinese Woman, a most delicious rice pudding, flan, of course, some other stuff that I am not sure about, and fried bananas in a sweet caramel sauce.
Breakfast Without Dessert Is Like, Well, Breakfast Without Dessert
It was the fried banannas that I had, and they were exceptionally good.
The Whole Crew, Ready To Dig In
From where we sat you also had a nice view over part of the town and the bay.
Breakfast With A View
There table decorations were these interesting tomato plants. Not like the tomatoes that you see in the United States.
I Can Say Tomato In Spanish
"Tomato" is one of those words, of which there are many, that are the same in English and Spanish. I think "banana" may be another one. Also "no."
As you can see from this picture that I took on our way out, you do go up a lot of steps to get here.
Really, Do Watch Your Step
Mama Rosa's might be a bit out of the way and require a climb, but if you are in Puerto Vallarta and don't make it here you have really missed out on a great place. The combination of delicious authentic Mexican food and reasonable prices in a family run and home-like atmosphere simply can't be beat.