It became a favorite day in Puerto Vallarta. Hungry, weÂ were driving down from the hills on our way back from San SebastiÃ¡n, disappointed with the meals we’d had so far that day. We couldn’t wait to stop at the first place we saw that might offer some good food. We stopped at a place at the bottom of the hill, a small ranch offering home cooked meals. Shrimp tacos were on the menu and that was good for me. The joint was an authentic family operated Rancho and Restaurant called El Coco in the small rural town of La Estancia.
We were one of two parties seated, it was a very peaceful and refreshing atmosphere. The other patrons wasÂ a family with kids and we enjoyed observing them, especially the little boy as heÂ rolled up a corn tortilla on his dirty jeans and stuffed it in hisÂ mouth.
Before our meal they served a cheese plate with two different Mexican cheeses that they make themselves. Both cheeses were very good. Celia is not a big cheese fan but she enjoyed these very much. They also gave us a plate of sliced avocado and a package of some NorteÃ±as Tostadas. I prefer tostadas over chips in Mexico, so this was perfect! They also served us some salsa that didn’t look that great but tasted really good. I ordered the shrimp tacos and they were ok, different from your taco stand variety and more like a gordita or quesadilla.
The countryside ambiance and friendly service more than made up for the ok tacos. The views from the place were wonderful.
We go to talking with our server, Alejandro (pictured above) and he offered to show us around the ranch. It was greatÂ to see what a real countryside rancho was all about. They had sheep, roosters, chickens, a small papaya grove and more. Alejandro climbed one of the Papaya trees and picked one for us to take back to PV.
I definitely recommend this restaurant over anyplace in San SebastiÃ¡n because the restaurants there are all over priced and the one we ate at was horrible. Our meal here was only 60 pesos (US $4.52) and I gave a 20 pesos tip (US $1.50). Our day had been rough and this stop had turned it into the best day of our trip.