Wednesday, February 24, 2010


No Way José! located on the edge of Zona Romatica area on 5 de Febrero (first street to the left after crossing over the Rio Cuale from el centro). This area of Vallarta is the older, charming Puerto Vallarta. Zona Romantica is Vallarta's most energized neighborhood with the south side beach, restaurants, bars, lounges and beach side cafes.

No Way José has arch accented walls of gold, maroon, and yellow jewel tones. The 11 tables covered in white and maroon linens are accented with tiny vases of fresh flowers. The cozy bar comfortably seats 5. The menu features contemporary Mexican cuisine with the freshest ingredients bursting with flavor & fine dining quality. The very friendly & sexy staff moves with ease within the small dining room.

My friends, Jose & Jesus, joined me at No Way Jose! for dinner. Of course, we started with a few rounds of margaritas, blended to perfection.

For my starter, I had 2 Guero chilies ($6US) stuffed with small pieces of shrimp, lightly breaded and quickly deep-fried. The chilies resting on baby greens and tomatoes are served with a light aioli sauce. The mild, plump, pale yellow chilies (also known as Santa Fe Grandes) left behind a nice bit of heat!

My choice for dinner was Xochimilco Spinach-Stuffed Chicken Breast ($11US) - a whole chicken breast stuffed with sautéed spinach, mushrooms, bits of garlic and gouda cheese. The breast seared for color was sautéed to a juicy perfection. An unusual finishing of corn truffle sauce was generously drizzled over the chicken. The slightly sweet, earthy flavor of the corn truffle sauce was magnificent. Steamed, crunchy carrots and white onion tossed in a light garlic butter sauce and a small flower of mashed potatoes were the perfect accompaniments to the incredible chicken entrée.

Alejandro and Daniel “double teamed” our table, again providing excellent service – always with a smile!

Reservations are a must; had we not had a reservation, the wait for a table was over an hour. When I arrived I was greeted with a welcoming hug and smile from Julie. It's so good to be home!

Since my last visit in November, the 2nd floor dining room has been added allowing 80 additional diners the opportunity to experience the incredible magic coming from Chef Montes' kitchen. Tonight, it was a full house!

Mmm... Mmm... Mmm...

Link to prior No Way Jose! visit

No Way Jose!





$ 10

$$ 20

$$$ 30

$$$$ 40+


+ Stop bothering me!

++ Anyone here?

+++ Stopped when in the area.

++++ As needed and friendly.

+++++ Invisibly perfect!


& “One visit too many!”

&& “Convince me!”

&&& “I’ll be back!”

&&&& “Same table next week!”

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