Restaurante Los Compas

Bienvenido, loyal reader. Please come along as Bruce and Mary, once again, enjoy the gastronomic delights of Puerto Vallarta.

I’m at the entrance to Los Compas. It is located in Centro Pitillal on Calle Abasolo, two blocks directly west of Catedral de San Miguel Arcangel. We’ve been by this restaurant many times in our dealings with Carlos the camera whisperer who is just up the street, but I guess this is the first time we’ve been by when hungry! So I think it is time to check it out.

And we’re in luck, at least for me, as the ongoing weekend special has Mojitos and Piña Coladas at only 30P. I think I’ll try the Mojito, Mary is sticking with beer.

Mary has found us a table. Note the mural facing the parking lot. There is street art everywhere in Vallarta.

You can tell it is the holidays.

Our food, starting with frijoles and salsas, is starting to come.

Here we go! My 1/2 kg of Chorizo is delish. Here’s Mary to tell you of her dishes: They offer a huge baked potato, lovingly slathered with sour cream and butter. No more need be said. I chose asparagus today and it is a delight, both tender and brightly flavored.

We’re back again and this time I opt for the 1/2 kg of BBQ ribs. I will quite simply state that these are the tastiest and meatiest ribs I have ever had. And the meat falls right off the bones, there is absolutely no gnawing at all.

Take it away, Mary: You cannot stop me from ordering this baked potato. It is huge and each bite is a study in butter and sour cream. This day I order the espinaca, spinach, and am thrilled to see this much briefly sauteed, bright green spinach. They use good quality spinach and deftly turn it out in a pan with a hint of garlic and again with the butter. Yummm.

We’re back again and this time I opt for this humongous 30P Piña Colada and 1/2kg of Carne Asada. Now I am not a big fan of this dish but I thought I’d check out Los Compas version. I must say, especially drenched in Salsa Aguacuate, (the green stuff) it’s pretty darn good!

On this visit, Mary decides on the champiñons, mushrooms, as a side to her baked potato, take it away, Mary: I was speechless. Bruce wants me to order these all the time, just for that response. They take these beautiful, hearty, baby portobello mushrooms and saute them with garlic. Yes, I said garlic, and lots of it. More butter, and a tiny bit of soy sauce. Repeat after me: UMAMI! Yep, this is redolent with that elusive umami flavor, and I am sold.

Los Compas’ menu.

Jose Luis has been our most excellent mesero. He speaks excellent English and is very helpful.

This is young Brandon who is responsible for all the wonderful drink concoctions served here.

And let’s not forget the kitchen crew. Bien hecho, muchachos!

And thanks to Jose Luis for taking this pic. Cheers, everyone!

Thanks for visiting, gentle reader. Hasta proximo Domingo!

January 22, 2017 · Bruce · 8 Comments
Posted in: Life in Puerto Vallarta

8 Responses

  1. Joseph Ryan - January 22, 2017

    Hey Bruce and Mary:

    I continue to enjoy your website and weekly reports.
    Will be in PV soon for a brief period. Got to get out of the snow in Reno.

    Perhaps we can connect over a cerveza or two.

    I wanted to ask your advice. Have you happened to find a shoemaker that you like in the area? I have a leather jacket that needs a zipper replacement.


    Joe Ryan

  2. Bruce - January 22, 2017

    Hola Joe,

    Glad you are enjoying the blog.

    Yes, we have a tailor who is keen on heavy duty zipper replacements, here is a link to a post we did about them:

    We never say no to cervezas 🙂 Cheers!

  3. Peter - January 22, 2017

    Love your weekly blog! PV gets a lot of good plugs from you guys. The food looks awesome.

  4. Bruce - January 22, 2017

    Hola Peter and Shelagh!

    Glad that you are enjoying the blog, very nice to hear.

    Oh yeah, Los Compas knows BBQ.


  5. cynthia b - January 25, 2017

    To let you know I have been a silent fan for some time. I read a lot of forums/blogs about expat life in Mexico. Too often they degenerate into nothing short of lunatic raving. There also seems to be a lot of people who seem to want to recreate their US lifestyle in Mexico. I really appreciate you sharing your experiences and wonderful pictures. My husband and I can hardly wait for our turn to try out a similar adventure.

  6. Bruce - January 25, 2017

    Hola Cynthia,

    Thank you so much for your kind words!

    Good luck with you adventure.

    Thanks for reading, Cheers!

  7. Roger and Christine - January 25, 2017

    Hey Mary and Bruce,
    We are at Los Compas as we speak. It is everything you said it was. The mushrooms, chorizo, guacamole, homemade chips and tortillas were awesome! The ribs will be next time. Jose Luis was most hospitable! Thanks for the tip!
    Chris and Roger

  8. Bruce - January 25, 2017

    Hahaha, Roger and Christine, that is too cool!

    Thanks for making our day and… thanks for reading, Cheers!

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