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Bucerias Restaurants and Foods

For your convenience, our Bucerias restaurant and food listings are classified by type of establishment making it easier for you to find exactly what you like.

This diverse beach town is filled with restaurants, cafes, bars, snack shops, street vendors, and carnicerias that sell foods bursting with local flavor.  That doesn’t mean it’s all Mexican food, as you will find Greek, Italian, American/Mexican and chinese, although there are plenty of Mexican restaurants that serve delicious authentic foods and taquerias that sell fresh shrimp, beef, pork and chicken tacos and oyster sopes.

This popular vacation spot is a prime fishing town known not only for its fish and seafood specialties but also for its international food and fine dining with similar options at various price ranges, from 50 pesos a serving and up, so anyone can indulge in the culinary delights of Bucerias. Some of the locals’ favorites consist of regional recipes sold by the town’s street vendors and taco stands, such as ceviche tostadas, pork, beef and chicken tacos, usually around 10 pesos and Jamaica flower tea,about 15 pesos,  which is delicious!

Another sweet indulgence of the Riviera Nayarit where Bucerias is located is its natural edible treats.  Located in the Tropic of Cancer, the Riviera Nayarit tropical paradise consists of lush rainforests, rolling hills, and fruit orchards – an ideal climate and terrain for growing tropical fruits of all kinds, which blends nicely with the sweet breads and empanadas. Bucerias is right at the bottom of the foothills and It’s common to find street vendors selling fresh pineapple, coconuts, bananas, mangoes, guavas, plums, limes, guanabana (soursop), lychee berries, sugar cane, and more.

While the region’s tropical fruits and vegetables are among locals’ favorites, traditional Nayarit cuisine or “Cocina Estilo Nayarit” is spectacular in its own right and worthy of trying. The Nayar Mesa, part of the Sierra Madre mountain range in Nayarit, is known for growing many varieties of chiles, especially Chile Cascabel, an ingredient in the famous Salsa Huichol. Chiles are often one of a variety of ingredients added to sauces and marinades that contribute to the savory, spicy flavor of regional fish and meat dishes. Most restaurants have a variety of sauces on the table to try, from very, very hot and spicy to mild and sweet, and plenty of dried peppers in the markets.

Although there are many delicacies in Nayarit cuisine, here are a few of the more common ones:

Empanadas de Camaron

This empanadas” appetizer is prepared with a filling of any kind of meat or fruit.  These many different mixtures like Manchego cheese, red chiles, tomatoes, onions, and spices are wrapped inside corn dough, deep fried to golden brown, and ready to serve.

Pescado Sarandeado

This customary fish dish is marinated in a blend of lime juice, soy sauce, and chiles.  Pargo fish (Red Snapper) is smoked over fire containing manglar wood and palm fronds.   It is served with tomato, sliced onion, cucumber, crisp tostadas, and a unique salsa. You can order filet or a whole fish, which is absolutely delicious and fun to eat!

Tamales de Elote

This “sweet tamales” dessert has two types although both are made from young corn.  One is called colados made of sieved ground corn. The other is called oyejos made with crushed corn.

The town of Bucerias features many restaurants and eateries serving fresh seafood, authentic Nayarit dishes, international cuisine, and all kinds of traditional Mexican food.  We invite you to explore the many culinary delights served in Bucerias.

As we like to say in Mexico, “buen provecho!”  (Bon appetit!)

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