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Puerto Vallarta News NetworkEntertainment | Restaurants & Dining | April 2007 

Coco Boca Bento
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Now serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, Boca Bento is located at Basilio Badillo 180 in the Romantic Zone of Puerto Vallarta. For more information, call (322) 222-9108, send an email to, or visit
When one thinks of breakfast in Vallarta, the name Coco brings sighs. So Boca Bento owners Stewart Haverlack and Monika Mikolajczyza have made their successful south side restaurant available to Coco during breakfast hours.

Now thanks to Coco's expertise, locals and visitors alike can enjoy their morning cup of java and a breakfast treat at Boca Bento, where Coco uses her expertise to prepare breakfast foods that raise energy level for their day in Paradise ahead.

I sampled her specialties first at Karpathos where she cooked many an egg before moving on to the Kit Kat Club. She remains there but now has three daughters in the kitchens so two teams can be arranged. They grew up at their mother's food concession at Hotel Tropicana 20 years ago. Now, Coco drifts back and forth, an eye to the finished plates and the front room, watching for any customer needs.

Pancakes have long been her forte and here she offers the usual ground white flour version in addition to whole wheat. Eggs Benedict can be the expected or you may consider the spicy Cajun version made with sausage. Good creamy, rich and flavorful Hollandaise covers the muffins and would be superb on anything except maybe chocolate cake. Meat was as close to Canadian bacon as our area provides. Hash brown potatoes may have been the frozen ilk but added to the dish nicely. The muffins as English as one could expect. A wedge of watermelon finished the plate.

Another not-to-be-missed offering is her unique French Toast made with sliced and battered cinnamon rolls, topped with powdered sugar and maple syrup served on the side. Eggs any style with various accompaniments are simple taste treats.

Since the long hours stretch into lunch, the menu also includes several salads [spicy Thai salad with peanuts is a good choice,] Bento Burgers and even a small Rib Eye steak.

Prices are low, portions ample, so when you have early cravings, head to one of her locations and try some good hearty and well-prepared food.

After 20 years in the San Francisco restaurant business, Gary R. Beck turned his attentions to cooking, dining out, creating recipes and exploring Puerto Vallarta's rich array of eateries. Famous for his restaurant guide, available online at or, Gary also writes restaurant reviews for Puerto Vallarta newspapers, Bay Area magazines, and now, a feature column for Contact Gary at

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