Mexican Food Wednesday: The return of Puerto Vallarta!

Over the weekend, we had planned to take my father-in-law to Jacky’s for dinner. But 6 p.m. on a Friday night is a HORRIBLE time to eat out in Sioux Falls.


Because EVERYONE else is, too!

Just as we were leaving the house, I got a happy text from my friend Kira that it was so nice to see Jacky’s so busy on a Friday night they were having to do overflow seating in the bakery section. While I agreed this is a good thing, I didn’t want to go and wait in line.

So we decided on east side Puerto Vallarta, my first Mexican restaurant in Sioux Falls, and old favorite that I never visit anymore due to the other options.

Of course, it was swamped too (again, just like every place in Sioux Falls on a Friday night), and we ended up waiting anyway.

But I’ll say it was worth it! I had forgotten how much I love the salsa at PV. It’s more liquid than most, but has an outstanding flavor of tomato, onion, cilantro, and more than enough heat. It’s actually on the hotter side of general company acceptable. But perfect for me!

I ordered the pork Super Burrito Manadero, or “El Burro Mas Grande,”a huge flour tortilla stuffed with meat, Mexican rice, refried beans and topped with enchilada sauce, melted cheddar cheese, onions, tomatoes, guacamole and ranchero salsa. With the rice and beans INSIDE!

It’s a full meal, and a tasty one at that. I wasn’t crazy about the enchilada sauce (it was fine, but a bit smokey for me), but loved everything else.
Plus, while I only partook in one, they have Famosa beers (Chicken Beer!) five for $10 in a bucket. Which is awesome.

The service was great, the salsa was great, and my burrito was solid. The beer was cold. I was reminded why I like this place to begin with.

Is it “better” than Jacky’s or Nikki’s? No. But it’s a fine local restaurant worthy of being put it back in the rotation.