Subject: Eating In Puerto Vallarta
I've been to PV at least ten times, the most recently three years ago and have never been sick once. We eat at different restaurants every night and have even eaten a buffet at a local home back behind our hotel which was recommended to us by some U.S. residents. I think it cost us about $3. That's one reason we never stay at all-inclusives. There is a such a wonderful variety of good restaurants in PV that our main discussion of the day as we are stretched out is to decide where we will go to eat. Here is my selection of PV restaurants:

Archie#s Wok # Francisca Rodriguez 130 between Avenue Olas Altas and the beach. Originally started by John Huston#s personal chef, Archie Alpenia and now run by Cindy, his wife and her daughter. Thai coconut fish, barbecue ribs Hoisin, spicy fried Thai noodles. Open Monday-Saturday 2-11PM. Moderate to expensive. Excellent!

Café de Olla** - try the seafood platter for two (about $25 U.S.) # excellent!! Had it last year. Basilio Badillo 168 a few doors uphill from the Olas Altas corner. Chicken, ribs and steak from the streetfront grill. Always a crowd but doesn#t take that long to get in and they will bring you a beer while you#re waiting. Open daily 8am-11pm. Budget to moderate # highly recommended.

The Red Cabbage # owned and operated by Lola Bravo, former manager of Los Cuatro Vientos Hotel # regional, authentic Mexican cuisine. It#s a bit out of the way but an excellent little spot.

Restaurant Chez Elena** - located at Los Cuatro Vientos Hotel, Matamoros 520 up on the hill behind the cathedral. Go up for a drink just before sunset to El Nido, which is the rooftop bar. On the way up, ask Gloria Whiting, the owner/hostess to hold a table for you for dinner (she#s a late 60ish blond Californian # tell her Pat and John sent you # remind her that she took John for a ride in her Volkswagen on Super Bowl Sunday and she will immediately know who you are talking about. ) This is the hotel we stay at on the third floor corner room and the view is to die for. The restaurant is among the oldest in Puerto Vallarta and it#s a lovely spot # very warm and inviting with lots of neighbourhood atmosphere.

Pietro#s # right beside the cathedral # has great pizza and pasta and really good sangria. Very inexpensive but very good.

Café des Artistes # very romantic and expensive. Candlelit tables, tuxedoed servers, classical music, gourmet international cuisine # 740 Guadalupe Sanchez.

Pat in Ontario