These are the family-run businesses you have to support when you visit Sayulita

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Editor’s Note: These Sayulita street food icons series is one of our best local series featuring street food stalls in town. We were not compensated for this work – this is our contribution to empowering small businesses in Sayulita. All opinions are our own and based on our experience.

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About Sayulita Street Food Icons Series

When we started Sayulita Insider in June 2020, we needed to reinvent ourselves. In a year unlikely any other, we are championing the local and individual businesses in Sayulita as they have the least exposure in digital media. Try to Google Sayulita: all you see are restaurants and luxury hotels.

We opened a series called Sayulita Street Food Icons where we went around town making videos for these individuals. Our goal is for these businesses to appear on Sayulita Google searches.

As we go, we continue to add more Sayulita street food stalls to this list so bookmark this page. We hope you can support them when you visit town!

#1: Tacos Ivan

Tacos Ivan is a family-run business that has been operating in Sayulita for the last 15 years. They serve all the typical Mexican tacos: adobada, gringa, and of course, the famous al pastor.

See also: Where to eat in Sayulita, Mexico

No one really knows where tacos al pastor came about to Mexico but it is believed to be brought by the Lebanese as it is very similar to the Middle East’s shawarma. Tacos al pastor is a famous Mexican favorite. It is pork marinated in a combination of dried chilis, spices, pineapple, and typically achiote paste then slowly cooked in a gas-flamed on a vertical rotisserie called “trompo.”

  • Sayulita Insider recommends: Tacos al pastor!
  • Price range: from $1 USD
  • Opening hours: Tacos Ivan is open from 5:00 pm – 2:00 am
Click here for directions to Tacos Ivan

#2: La Fogonera

On the north side of town, there is a food cart that you probably heard about because of their famous churros! Founded by Tamara and Radaii, they traveled all the way from Puebla with their food cart and finally arrived at Sayulita. They passed by different states along the way to try their luck and up until today, their business is thriving in different parts of Mexico.

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Be inspired by La Fogonera’s story: a story of hopes and dreams, a story of leaving the corporate life behind, a story of how one can pursue their dream if only they believe.

  • Sayulita Insider recommends: This is our go-to place for churros! Warning: portion is for 4-people sharing!
  • Price range: from $5 USD
  • Opening hours: La Fogonera is open from 7:00 pm – 12:00 mn
Click here for directions to La Fogonera

#3: Chilaqueen

Chilaqueen is our most recent addition to our Sayulita street food icons series. We really loved filming this episode because of Marcela’s story. A lawyer by profession, Marcela moved to Sayulita from Mexico City to leave her job as an attorney.

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In Sayulita, she realized how she can live a different and simpler life. With this, she went after her dream and passion: cooking. Marcela bought a food cart and installed it on the southside of Sayulita. Chilaquiles, tortas ahogadas, and typical Mexican breakfast is Chilaqueen’s specialty.

  • Sayulita Insider recommends: Chilaquiles. Swear, it’s the best! Warning: 2-people sharing
  • Price range: from $5 USD
  • Opening hours: Chilaqueen is open from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Click here for directions to Chilaqueen

#4: Gabi’s fish tacos

A hole in a wall Sayulita street food style, Gabi’s small place is located next to the Subway at Avenida Revolucion. In episode 1 of our True Value series, we visited Gabi to compare her fish tacos to other upper-scale fish tacos in town.

She did not fail! Her fish tacos are really good for the price of $1.25 USD! For a whole week, Gabi was so nice to send us food at the Sayulita Insider office. We literally had fish tacos every day!

  • Sayulita Insider recommends: Aside from Gabi’s fish tacos, we recommend aguachile
  • Price range: from $1 USD
  • Opening hours: Gabi’s fish tacos is open from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Gabi is not on Google maps yet but we are assisting her in creating her digital profile. The closest landmark to Gabi’s fish tacos is the Subway and the Telcel kiosk in the center.

#5: Hamburguesa Papo’s

Sayulita loves to party. Party-goers love late-night eats. After most restaurants close, dining options are reduced to the late-night eateries. Taco stands, bacon-wrapped hot dog joints, and hamburgueserías occupy that niche, serving hungry revelers on their way home to bed late at night.

One of those late-night eating spots recently won our “Best of the Best” competition for the best hamburger in Sayulita. Diana, also known as Sujey Chavez, is the chef and proprietor of Hamburguesas Papo, a late-night staple at the southern corner of Revolución and Jose Mariscal.

  • Sayulita Insider recommends: After hours hotdogs!
  • Price range: from $3 USD
  • Opening hours: Hamburguesa Papo’s is open from 7:00 pm – 2:00 am

Like Gabi, we are currently assisting Diana and her family set up their social media and location on Google maps. Hamburguesa Papo’s is right in front of Aaleyah’s Nachos and Wings.

#6: Pollos Yolanda

Pollos Yolanda is a family-business led by a female icon. If you love grilled chicken, better try Yolanda’s family recipe! We were fortunate to visit Yolanda’s home in Sayulita where she showed us how they prepare their massive grilled chicken (including the marination process).

The only negative thing we encountered during our visit is the heavy use of plastic. We are still in the process of teaching small businesses in Sayulita to use biodegradable materials and/or encourage their customers to bring their own plates. We are excited to announce this program soon and we hope you can help us spread the word!

  • Sayulita Insider recommends: They only sell grilled chicken!
  • Price range: from $3 USD
  • Opening hours: Pollos Yolanda is open from 7:00 pm – 12:00 mn
Click here to get directions to Pollos Yolanda
Do you support local businesses where you live? We’d love to hear from you! Leave your thoughts in the comment box below and let’s chat!
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