Nuevo Leon Restaurant

★★★★☆
  • 1515 W 18th St

    Chicago, IL 60608

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  • 312-421-1517

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I am always amazed that Nuevo Leon has such a strong following. As a lifelong Mexican Food aficionado, IMHO the food at NL is not just bad, it is horrible. There are no redeeming qualities to this restaurant. I believe that it is

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I am always amazed that Nuevo Leon has such a strong following. As a lifelong Mexican Food aficionado, IMHO the food at NL is not just bad, it is horrible. There are no redeeming qualities to this restaurant. I believe that it is

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Bland food.

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Bland food.

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Bland food.

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Bland food.

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Great food, great service, great prices. The enchilada in mole sauce was the best enchilada I have ever eaten.

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Great food, great service, great prices. The enchilada in mole sauce was the best enchilada I have ever eaten.

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Great food, great staff, what else can anybody ask for? Their carne asada is delicious, served the with their homemade flour tortillas that no other mexican restaurant in the city top! It's being at home... Yes, it's crowded, but that's only because everyone craves their great tasting dishes. Did I mention their free appetizers? Yes! Free! OMG!! Not only are they free, they are authentic mexican appetizers! Overall, great atmosphere, friendly staff (except the owner) and great food!!! Highly Recommend!

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★★★★★

Great food, great staff, what else can anybody ask for? Their carne asada is delicious, served the with their homemade flour tortillas that no other mexican restaurant in the city top! It's being at home... Yes, it's crowded, but that's only because everyone craves their great tasting dishes. Did I mention their free appetizers? Yes! Free! OMG!! Not only are they free, they are authentic mexican appetizers! Overall, great atmosphere, friendly staff (except the owner) and great food!!! Highly Recommend!

Pros: Best homemade flour tortillas!!!

Cons: No liquor sales and cash only!

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I'm Mexican, from LA, and from my first visit (I had the Carne Asada plate, 6 nachos, Carne Asada Burrito) I can recommend this place for pick-up only and if you order at least 30 min in advance. The food is comparable to Uncle Julio's (Lincoln Park) and I would rather pay the same price for what I felt what was the same quality of food (both like El Torito in Calif.) and go to Uncle Julio's. Nuevo is way too crowded (like Uncle Julio's) but about 1/4 the size of UJ and Nuevo has no parking besides a little lot around the corner which looked hard to get in and out of, so I opted for take out.

I ordered take out at the counter (which I felt like I was in the way of everyone else eating because there is no waiting/ordering area) and was told it would be ready in 20 min. Well I left and came back in 20, and still had to wait 10 min. Someone came in while I was waiting and said she placed a phone order for pickup and she was still waiting after I got my food. So for take out, order, wait 30-40min then pick up your food and it might be ready.

Also, I wasn't greeted by the Manager who I paid. He didn't smile at all, and say Thank You after I paid- very ungrateful for my business I guess.

The place was crowded so I guess some people know how to park around there or put up with the crowded tiny environment....just not my style.

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★★☆☆☆

I'm Mexican, from LA, and from my first visit (I had the Carne Asada plate, 6 nachos, Carne Asada Burrito) I can recommend this place for pick-up only and if you order at least 30 min in advance. The food is comparable to Uncle Julio's (Lincoln Park) and I would rather pay the same price for what I felt what was the same quality of food (both like El Torito in Calif.) and go to Uncle Julio's. Nuevo is way too crowded (like Uncle Julio's) but about 1/4 the size of UJ and Nuevo has no parking besides a little lot around the corner which looked hard to get in and out of, so I opted for take out.

I ordered take out at the counter (which I felt like I was in the way of everyone else eating because there is no waiting/ordering area) and was told it would be ready in 20 min. Well I left and came back in 20, and still had to wait 10 min. Someone came in while I was waiting and said she placed a phone order for pickup and she was still waiting after I got my food. So for take out, order, wait 30-40min then pick up your food and it might be ready.

Also, I wasn't greeted by the Manager who I paid. He didn't smile at all, and say Thank You after I paid- very ungrateful for my business I guess.

The place was crowded so I guess some people know how to park around there or put up with the crowded tiny environment....just not my style.

Pros: ok food

Cons: crowded, parking, impersonal

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This place have what the best flour tortillas in town (hand made) the carne asada is awsome and there is no place in chicago that serves better menudo. too bad I can't visit this place on a sunday morning due to parking and place packed on sundays

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★★★★☆

This place have what the best flour tortillas in town (hand made) the carne asada is awsome and there is no place in chicago that serves better menudo. too bad I can't visit this place on a sunday morning due to parking and place packed on sundays

Pros: Quality, Price, Service

Cons: Parking

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amazing and authentic food at low prices! a burrito is only $5 and the salsa and guacamole are great! it is located in the heart of the mexican neighborhood Pilsen which makes the experience even greater! after you can venture off to the mexican fine arts museum located in Pilsen as well!!!

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★★★★★

amazing and authentic food at low prices! a burrito is only $5 and the salsa and guacamole are great! it is located in the heart of the mexican neighborhood Pilsen which makes the experience even greater! after you can venture off to the mexican fine arts museum located in Pilsen as well!!!

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If your looking for a place where you know the food is prepared with Love this is it! It's the kind of place that brings you back to the times when Abuela called you in for lunch. There is never a time where the food is not freshly made. The tortillas de harina will keep you coming back for more, definitely homemade!!!mmmmm. Their hot choclate on a cool night will surely bring you warmth and comfort. This is not the place for those who are more impressed by high end decor, or upscaled places. This place is for those who want the REAL DEAL! It is not only a treasure in Pilsen, but our prize here in all of Chicago. You don't know Mexican if you don't know Nuevo Leon... Highly recommended for those who want to experience the taste of real mexican food at can't beat prices.. I personally know the owner and can vouche he puts his heart and soul into this place.

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★★★★★

If your looking for a place where you know the food is prepared with Love this is it! It's the kind of place that brings you back to the times when Abuela called you in for lunch. There is never a time where the food is not freshly made. The tortillas de harina will keep you coming back for more, definitely homemade!!!mmmmm. Their hot choclate on a cool night will surely bring you warmth and comfort. This is not the place for those who are more impressed by high end decor, or upscaled places. This place is for those who want the REAL DEAL! It is not only a treasure in Pilsen, but our prize here in all of Chicago. You don't know Mexican if you don't know Nuevo Leon... Highly recommended for those who want to experience the taste of real mexican food at can't beat prices.. I personally know the owner and can vouche he puts his heart and soul into this place.

Pros: Outstanding Authentic Mexican cuisine, can't beat prices, parking, service

Cons: What? I can't believe this is even an option. NONE!

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We visited on the day of the Mexican Independance parade. The food was outstanding and the service was quick and friendly. The chips and salsa were great. The food came very fast. The place was filled with families have a great Sunday afternoon meal. The decor is what you would expect, Everthing was very clean and inviting.

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★★★★★

We visited on the day of the Mexican Independance parade. The food was outstanding and the service was quick and friendly. The chips and salsa were great. The food came very fast. The place was filled with families have a great Sunday afternoon meal. The decor is what you would expect, Everthing was very clean and inviting.

Pros: quick tasty authentic mexican fare

Cons: none

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Lazy rude service, we had it catered twice and both times the staff and person at the register were rude, food was not ready as promise had to wait 40 min from the time we arrived to pick it up. As for the food NOT GREAT but GOOD. For me it's over rated I lived in the area for over 20years and have yet to see anything special about this place compared to others in the area.....

For those that would like to compare try: La Majada Restaurant in Oak Park, any of the Lalo's resturants, La Quinta Restaurant & Bar in Berwyn........... salsa made at your table ; )

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★☆☆☆☆

Lazy rude service, we had it catered twice and both times the staff and person at the register were rude, food was not ready as promise had to wait 40 min from the time we arrived to pick it up. As for the food NOT GREAT but GOOD. For me it's over rated I lived in the area for over 20years and have yet to see anything special about this place compared to others in the area.....

For those that would like to compare try: La Majada Restaurant in Oak Park, any of the Lalo's resturants, La Quinta Restaurant & Bar in Berwyn........... salsa made at your table ; )

Cons: bad service

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I am a Chicago native... we moved away from Chicago when I was just a young girl. When I go back to Chicago... I HAVE TO EAT AT NUEVOS!!!! I am planning a trip with some of my family to Chicago in April... we heard about this 'alleged' incident in November 2007. This will NOT detour us from coming to dine at Nuevos while we visit Chicago in April!

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I am a Chicago native... we moved away from Chicago when I was just a young girl. When I go back to Chicago... I HAVE TO EAT AT NUEVOS!!!! I am planning a trip with some of my family to Chicago in April... we heard about this 'alleged' incident in November 2007. This will NOT detour us from coming to dine at Nuevos while we visit Chicago in April!

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There were some allegations sent out on January 8,2008 via e-mail regarding food catered by Nuevo Leon Restaurant.
Nuevo Leon Restaurant is a well respected family business located at 1515 w. 18Th Street.
It has been in business for over forty- six years(1962).Over the years,the restaurant has served,and maintained thousands of satisfied customers,many of them have been coming to the restaurant for years and some of them come on daily basis.Our employees are also exceptional.
Nuevo Leon Restaurant was accused of catering contaminated food for twenty-five people
on November 17,2007 from which fourteen people supposedly got sick .There were
never any samples taken or any reports from doctors or hospitals of anyone being admitted for bad food from such event. Our restaurant was
never closed for business for this allegation.
On November 17,2007 we had other catering orders with the exact type of food and no one came back with a complaint. Our food is cooked daily from fresh products and ingredients.
We always strive to do our best, but as we all know, in any type of business where you have to deal with thousands of people, there is always the possibility of a costumer not being satisfied for one reason or another. Sorry for any inconvenience.
Thank you for your support.
The Gutierrez Family and Staff.

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★★★★★

There were some allegations sent out on January 8,2008 via e-mail regarding food catered by Nuevo Leon Restaurant.
Nuevo Leon Restaurant is a well respected family business located at 1515 w. 18Th Street.
It has been in business for over forty- six years(1962).Over the years,the restaurant has served,and maintained thousands of satisfied customers,many of them have been coming to the restaurant for years and some of them come on daily basis.Our employees are also exceptional.
Nuevo Leon Restaurant was accused of catering contaminated food for twenty-five people
on November 17,2007 from which fourteen people supposedly got sick .There were
never any samples taken or any reports from doctors or hospitals of anyone being admitted for bad food from such event. Our restaurant was
never closed for business for this allegation.
On November 17,2007 we had other catering orders with the exact type of food and no one came back with a complaint. Our food is cooked daily from fresh products and ingredients.
We always strive to do our best, but as we all know, in any type of business where you have to deal with thousands of people, there is always the possibility of a costumer not being satisfied for one reason or another. Sorry for any inconvenience.
Thank you for your support.
The Gutierrez Family and Staff.

Pros: free parking,serves breakfast any time

Cons: service needs to get better.

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LOVE this place! Great mexican food! Everytime I go I don't know what to order but I always get the BEEF STEW.

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★★★★★

LOVE this place! Great mexican food! Everytime I go I don't know what to order but I always get the BEEF STEW.

Pros: Parking Lot

Cons: Nothing

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since moving away from chicago i've come to realize how lucky i was living in such close proximity to so many wonderful mexican restaurants--neuvo leon is one of the best. it's informal and authentic. i am not sure what a previous reviewer meant when he/she wrote that it was in "one of the most dangerous neighborhoods in chicago", but that's a completely ridiculous thing to say, there's nothing dangerous about pilsen.

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★★★★☆

since moving away from chicago i've come to realize how lucky i was living in such close proximity to so many wonderful mexican restaurants--neuvo leon is one of the best. it's informal and authentic. i am not sure what a previous reviewer meant when he/she wrote that it was in "one of the most dangerous neighborhoods in chicago", but that's a completely ridiculous thing to say, there's nothing dangerous about pilsen.

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I love dropping in here for a terrific (and cheap) breakfast, especially on the way to a Sox game. The price is right, parking is always available before noon and you'll be filled up for the rest of the day. The coffee isn't the best, but everything else is flat-out great.

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★★★★★

I love dropping in here for a terrific (and cheap) breakfast, especially on the way to a Sox game. The price is right, parking is always available before noon and you'll be filled up for the rest of the day. The coffee isn't the best, but everything else is flat-out great.

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Simply the best of the best in mexican cooking. Forget Lalo's. For the person that said "BETTER OFF AT TACO BELL" says how much you know about good mexican food. They have a parking lot 1/2 a blk east. I recomed either the classic "carne asada" or "Fajita" for spicey go with "bistec al la Mexicana"

Wish I lived closer so I could make more visits.

Tip: If you go on a week end or during luch, it can get crowded. Phone your order ahead of time.

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★★★☆☆

Simply the best of the best in mexican cooking. Forget Lalo's. For the person that said "BETTER OFF AT TACO BELL" says how much you know about good mexican food. They have a parking lot 1/2 a blk east. I recomed either the classic "carne asada" or "Fajita" for spicey go with "bistec al la Mexicana"

Wish I lived closer so I could make more visits.

Tip: If you go on a week end or during luch, it can get crowded. Phone your order ahead of time.

Pros: Food, Home made tortillas, super freash chips

Cons: None really, except BYOB

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The food is very good, but the service you get cannot even be called service (more like disservice). The wait staff has a hard time understanding simple things like 'no onions' or 'sour cream on the side'. The music is way too loud in here and if you are unfortunate enough to get seated on the kitchen side of the restaurant when someone plays the jukebox, good luck trying to have a conversation. If you do go to eat here, avoid going into the despicable bathroom at all costs! It is COMPLETELY filthy and smells moldy. I have a hard time believing it is even up to code. This makes me wonder about the cleanliness of their kitchen. The carry out service is no better. My husband loves the homemade flour tortillas with tacos, so I decided to phone an order in and pick it up. They told me it would be ready in 5 to 10 minutes. I got there in 15, waited another 10 minutes before they realized my order was not put in, waited an additional 20 minutes before I asked how much longer (I would think it can?t take too long to put pre-cooked steak taco meat on some tortillas and throw some lettuce and tomatoes on it). They assured me it was coming out right now. I had to wait 10 more minutes before I received my order that was required to be paid for as soon as I walked in (which was also higher priced than if you were to sit there and eat). So in short I waited 55 minutes for overpriced steak tacos that should have been ready in 10. I'm not saying Taco Bell is good Mexican food, but at least they understand simple things like 'no tomatoes' and you get your order promptly. There are plenty of other great authentic Mexican restaurants that know how to treat their customers and clean their bathrooms.

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★☆☆☆☆

The food is very good, but the service you get cannot even be called service (more like disservice). The wait staff has a hard time understanding simple things like 'no onions' or 'sour cream on the side'. The music is way too loud in here and if you are unfortunate enough to get seated on the kitchen side of the restaurant when someone plays the jukebox, good luck trying to have a conversation. If you do go to eat here, avoid going into the despicable bathroom at all costs! It is COMPLETELY filthy and smells moldy. I have a hard time believing it is even up to code. This makes me wonder about the cleanliness of their kitchen. The carry out service is no better. My husband loves the homemade flour tortillas with tacos, so I decided to phone an order in and pick it up. They told me it would be ready in 5 to 10 minutes. I got there in 15, waited another 10 minutes before they realized my order was not put in, waited an additional 20 minutes before I asked how much longer (I would think it can?t take too long to put pre-cooked steak taco meat on some tortillas and throw some lettuce and tomatoes on it). They assured me it was coming out right now. I had to wait 10 more minutes before I received my order that was required to be paid for as soon as I walked in (which was also higher priced than if you were to sit there and eat). So in short I waited 55 minutes for overpriced steak tacos that should have been ready in 10. I'm not saying Taco Bell is good Mexican food, but at least they understand simple things like 'no tomatoes' and you get your order promptly. There are plenty of other great authentic Mexican restaurants that know how to treat their customers and clean their bathrooms.

Pros: Great authentic mexican food - if you can get over the filthy bathrooms

Cons: Service, cleanliness, and communication

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I don't see why people love this place so much. The food was greasy, the ambiance doesn't exist and it's in one of the most dangerous neighborhoods in Chicago. I was expecting it to be the Taj Mahal of Mexican cuisine and it wasn't even close.

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★★★☆☆

I don't see why people love this place so much. The food was greasy, the ambiance doesn't exist and it's in one of the most dangerous neighborhoods in Chicago. I was expecting it to be the Taj Mahal of Mexican cuisine and it wasn't even close.

Pros: none

Cons: food, ambiance, parking, service

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As a Southern California native, I have eaten plenty of great Mexican food in my life, but nothing tops Nuevo Leon. Even when my boyfriend and I were living in the Northern suburbs, we used to take 90 minute train rides to dine at this place on a regular basis. It is worth the trip.

The atmosphere is fun and friendly and if you are a regular customer you really do feel like family. As soon as I stepped into Nuevo Leon for the first time, I knew it was going to be an authentic experience. They give you marinated pork with fresh tortillas, chips and spicy salsa as soon as you sit down. The tortillas are made fresh and, though I usually love corn tortillas more, you must try the fresh flour tortillas.

Each time I have dined here, the service has been truly outstanding. If you like overly friendly service that will interfere with your meal, this is not the place for you. But if you love real old-fashioned, efficient and freindly service, this is the place! I am always greeted with a sincere smile and I always feel welcome, even if I have to wait a bit for a table, which is often the case on weekends.

Also, the food is a great value. You can get a huge plate of food here for $5, although the carne asada is worth the few extra dollars. Watch out though, cash only (although there is an ATM inside). BYOB, but you won't need it to enjoy the food! A really authentic and, more importantly, delicious Mexican place: unbelievable food, great value, excellent service, friendly atmosphere. Don't waste your time anywhere else, unless it is your Abuelita's house!

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★★★★★

As a Southern California native, I have eaten plenty of great Mexican food in my life, but nothing tops Nuevo Leon. Even when my boyfriend and I were living in the Northern suburbs, we used to take 90 minute train rides to dine at this place on a regular basis. It is worth the trip.

The atmosphere is fun and friendly and if you are a regular customer you really do feel like family. As soon as I stepped into Nuevo Leon for the first time, I knew it was going to be an authentic experience. They give you marinated pork with fresh tortillas, chips and spicy salsa as soon as you sit down. The tortillas are made fresh and, though I usually love corn tortillas more, you must try the fresh flour tortillas.

Each time I have dined here, the service has been truly outstanding. If you like overly friendly service that will interfere with your meal, this is not the place for you. But if you love real old-fashioned, efficient and freindly service, this is the place! I am always greeted with a sincere smile and I always feel welcome, even if I have to wait a bit for a table, which is often the case on weekends.

Also, the food is a great value. You can get a huge plate of food here for $5, although the carne asada is worth the few extra dollars. Watch out though, cash only (although there is an ATM inside). BYOB, but you won't need it to enjoy the food! A really authentic and, more importantly, delicious Mexican place: unbelievable food, great value, excellent service, friendly atmosphere. Don't waste your time anywhere else, unless it is your Abuelita's house!

Pros: Unbelievable food, Excellent old fashioned service, Traditional and authentic

Cons: Cash only

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If you want the best food in Chicago, look no further. This is all about the food. Other highly rated restaurants for Chicago are because of cheap drinks. People go there to get smashed and don't care that the food stinks. Get them drunk for 5 bucks and throw in some cheesy mariachi band and they think they found the best thing since sliced bread. Well if you want the best FOOD then come here. Best fajitas anywhere and fresh homeade tortillas. Not store bought taco bell brand tortillas like most restaurants. I am Mexican and if you want REAL Mexican food, you found your place

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★★★★★

If you want the best food in Chicago, look no further. This is all about the food. Other highly rated restaurants for Chicago are because of cheap drinks. People go there to get smashed and don't care that the food stinks. Get them drunk for 5 bucks and throw in some cheesy mariachi band and they think they found the best thing since sliced bread. Well if you want the best FOOD then come here. Best fajitas anywhere and fresh homeade tortillas. Not store bought taco bell brand tortillas like most restaurants. I am Mexican and if you want REAL Mexican food, you found your place

Pros: Right off blue line, Open late, Authentic food

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I grew up in Southern California, where there are plenty of traditional, authentic mexican restaurants that are family run. I've been in Chicago two years and haven't had any luck until I went to Nuevo Leon. This place makes you feel at home, the food is outstanding, and I have finally found my staple mexican restaurant in Chicago. No reason to go anywhere else as far as I'm concerned. The Chile Rellenos are excellent, and my girlfriend had the Enchiladas Suiza with Mole sauce and it was outstanding.

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★★★★★

I grew up in Southern California, where there are plenty of traditional, authentic mexican restaurants that are family run. I've been in Chicago two years and haven't had any luck until I went to Nuevo Leon. This place makes you feel at home, the food is outstanding, and I have finally found my staple mexican restaurant in Chicago. No reason to go anywhere else as far as I'm concerned. The Chile Rellenos are excellent, and my girlfriend had the Enchiladas Suiza with Mole sauce and it was outstanding.

Pros: food, food, food

Cons: none, none, none

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At 3pm in the afternoon we were lucky to get a tabel for three people. Don't be afraid to go to Pilsen and eat at this restaurant. Located just two blocks east of the 18th street blue line stop, this is simply the best mexican food my wife and I have ever eaten. All the food tasted home-made, the refried beans are made with lard, the guacamole tasted freshly made, the corn chips and flour tortillas are obviously homemade. I had the Enchiladas Suizas with mole sauce...excellent. Wife had Combinacion which was good, but she liked the appetizer Nachos Dias even more. Free cup of chicken vegetable soup served to all.

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★★★★★

At 3pm in the afternoon we were lucky to get a tabel for three people. Don't be afraid to go to Pilsen and eat at this restaurant. Located just two blocks east of the 18th street blue line stop, this is simply the best mexican food my wife and I have ever eaten. All the food tasted home-made, the refried beans are made with lard, the guacamole tasted freshly made, the corn chips and flour tortillas are obviously homemade. I had the Enchiladas Suizas with mole sauce...excellent. Wife had Combinacion which was good, but she liked the appetizer Nachos Dias even more. Free cup of chicken vegetable soup served to all.

Pros: Food, Service, Close to CTA stop

Cons: Crowded

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The service is the worst of all Mexican restaurants. The waitresses seem to be in such a rush to get you out of there so they can have a new table. The food quality has decreased significantly over the past 5 years. The prices have only gone up since it is becoming an up and coming neighborhood. Still far from that in my eyes. Dangerous to go to at night. And they dont accept credit cards. One more thing, very loud and hard to get seated if you have a party of more than 4 or 5.

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★☆☆☆☆

The service is the worst of all Mexican restaurants. The waitresses seem to be in such a rush to get you out of there so they can have a new table. The food quality has decreased significantly over the past 5 years. The prices have only gone up since it is becoming an up and coming neighborhood. Still far from that in my eyes. Dangerous to go to at night. And they dont accept credit cards. One more thing, very loud and hard to get seated if you have a party of more than 4 or 5.

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go for the huevos rancheros. service is a bit laid back if you're in a hurry, but the food is great -- and super cheap!!! no liquor license = no margaritas... free parking lot around the corner (18th & loomis).

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★★★★★

go for the huevos rancheros. service is a bit laid back if you're in a hurry, but the food is great -- and super cheap!!! no liquor license = no margaritas... free parking lot around the corner (18th & loomis).

Pros: food, parking

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By far the best mexican food. Their food is fresh and served promptly. As an appetizer you must have the nachos, Machacado is also a must.

Flour tortillas are homemade and the best I have ever tasted. They only come second to my own grandmother's other than that they have no comparison.

Owner and son are always there and if you're a regular you learn that they are the friendliest people. When they sit at your table you know that you have been welcome into their restaurant and they consider you an excellent customer.

They carry out with respect and dignity all Mexican traditions. When you step into Nuevo Leon, you are literally stepping into a Mexican home. They embrace you, they feed you and they want you to come back, and ladies and gentlemen you do because once you eat there you'll never be the same.

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★★★★★

By far the best mexican food. Their food is fresh and served promptly. As an appetizer you must have the nachos, Machacado is also a must.

Flour tortillas are homemade and the best I have ever tasted. They only come second to my own grandmother's other than that they have no comparison.

Owner and son are always there and if you're a regular you learn that they are the friendliest people. When they sit at your table you know that you have been welcome into their restaurant and they consider you an excellent customer.

They carry out with respect and dignity all Mexican traditions. When you step into Nuevo Leon, you are literally stepping into a Mexican home. They embrace you, they feed you and they want you to come back, and ladies and gentlemen you do because once you eat there you'll never be the same.

Pros: Prompt seating, Great tradition, Refried Beans

Cons: None

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Nuevo Leon is a great affordable authentic dining experience. I have been going there about once a month for 16 years now. The food is always fresh hot and consistent. The establishment allows you to bring in your own beer which is put on a bucket of ice with a plate of sliced limes brought to your table...now thats service!

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★★★★★

Nuevo Leon is a great affordable authentic dining experience. I have been going there about once a month for 16 years now. The food is always fresh hot and consistent. The establishment allows you to bring in your own beer which is put on a bucket of ice with a plate of sliced limes brought to your table...now thats service!

Pros: consistent, homemade, fresh

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...Other than mom's kitchen. Very Authentic! Beautiful artwork and decor all around. The food is great and you can't beat the prices! There is always a line to get into this place; even for takeout! The Pilsen area is great for Mexican culture.

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★★★★★

...Other than mom's kitchen. Very Authentic! Beautiful artwork and decor all around. The food is great and you can't beat the prices! There is always a line to get into this place; even for takeout! The Pilsen area is great for Mexican culture.

Pros: Parking lot, Inexpensive, Open Late

Cons: Crowded

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this place is always busy and the food is why. practically every dish is authentic and delicious-moles are really good. no reservations-you wait in line till your group can be seated-on weekends it can be a while. nice decor, fast service.

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★★★★☆

this place is always busy and the food is why. practically every dish is authentic and delicious-moles are really good. no reservations-you wait in line till your group can be seated-on weekends it can be a while. nice decor, fast service.

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After hearing much fanfare, I finally got to try Nuevo Leon for the 1st time a year ago. Nuevo Leon lives up to the hype. The enchiladas mole, and carne asada w/ guacamole are standouts. Family run and located in the heart of Pilsen, you can't get much more authentic Mexican than this! Another big plus going for Nuevo Leon, is the free and convenient parking which would otherwise be difficult to find in such a congested area. Finally, Leon's "gringo-friendly" service means a lot for someone who occasionally receives that icy "outsider" look upon walking inside other ethnic establishments. Keep up the good work!

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★★★★★

After hearing much fanfare, I finally got to try Nuevo Leon for the 1st time a year ago. Nuevo Leon lives up to the hype. The enchiladas mole, and carne asada w/ guacamole are standouts. Family run and located in the heart of Pilsen, you can't get much more authentic Mexican than this! Another big plus going for Nuevo Leon, is the free and convenient parking which would otherwise be difficult to find in such a congested area. Finally, Leon's "gringo-friendly" service means a lot for someone who occasionally receives that icy "outsider" look upon walking inside other ethnic establishments. Keep up the good work!

Pros: Authenic,Friendly Svc, Enchiladas Mole, Easy parking

Cons: dingy bathrooms

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I've been going to Nuevo Leon for years. The food is great at all locales, but I would recommend the one on 18th St. Don't be shocked by the lines, seats become available quickly. Buen provecho!

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★★★★★

I've been going to Nuevo Leon for years. The food is great at all locales, but I would recommend the one on 18th St. Don't be shocked by the lines, seats become available quickly. Buen provecho!

Pros: Inexpensive, Great Service, Great Food

Cons: No alcohol, Parking

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Only if you like it Hot! This is a family run establishment that I've frequented an average 25 times a year, for most of their +35 years. Danny G's recipes are authentic and good! I think his mom still works the kitchen. Try the Bistec a la Mexicana (de Lomo), Fajitas (Steak or Shrimp), Guisado de Puerco (Very Good, Very Cheap) and my all time favorite, Carne Asada (Skirt Steak). For breakfast, try the Machacado con Huevos (Shredded Beef with Eggs) or Chorizo con Huevos (Hot Mexican Sausage). I've taken many large out-of town groups to this restaurant, all love this place! This is a great BYOB place (no liquor license), but it's about the food. I have never taken booze myself in all of these years!

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★★★★★

Only if you like it Hot! This is a family run establishment that I've frequented an average 25 times a year, for most of their +35 years. Danny G's recipes are authentic and good! I think his mom still works the kitchen. Try the Bistec a la Mexicana (de Lomo), Fajitas (Steak or Shrimp), Guisado de Puerco (Very Good, Very Cheap) and my all time favorite, Carne Asada (Skirt Steak). For breakfast, try the Machacado con Huevos (Shredded Beef with Eggs) or Chorizo con Huevos (Hot Mexican Sausage). I've taken many large out-of town groups to this restaurant, all love this place! This is a great BYOB place (no liquor license), but it's about the food. I have never taken booze myself in all of these years!

Pros: Great Food, Moderate Prices

Cons: Small Lot, Jammed on Sunday!

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I live in Pilsen area and was delighted to find that one of the neighborhood restaurants was featured on the list as one of the best. Didn't eat in to get the full picture of how the service is but the ambience is very cozy and welcoming. I love their enchiladas and the rice.(yum yum). My son is a great fan of Mexican food and had no problem giving them a thumbs up.

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★★★★★

I live in Pilsen area and was delighted to find that one of the neighborhood restaurants was featured on the list as one of the best. Didn't eat in to get the full picture of how the service is but the ambience is very cozy and welcoming. I love their enchiladas and the rice.(yum yum). My son is a great fan of Mexican food and had no problem giving them a thumbs up.

Pros: inexpensive, friendly staff, delicious food

Cons: off street parking

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this resturant is always busy on the weekends, the waitress are quick and polite, the food is to die for, it is a family owned resturant for many years, the nacho and the skirt steak ( carne sada) is a plus.

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★★★★★

this resturant is always busy on the weekends, the waitress are quick and polite, the food is to die for, it is a family owned resturant for many years, the nacho and the skirt steak ( carne sada) is a plus.

Pros: good food, quick waitress

Cons: BUSY, SMALL

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Bring your own Beer and they'll put in a bucket of ice as you enjoy the best Mexican food in the Midwest... Want something super spicy? Try the Tacos de Sabinas and get ready to drink some beer to cool off you tastebuds. Once again... the best.

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★★★★★

Bring your own Beer and they'll put in a bucket of ice as you enjoy the best Mexican food in the Midwest... Want something super spicy? Try the Tacos de Sabinas and get ready to drink some beer to cool off you tastebuds. Once again... the best.

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I was born in Chicago, but unfortunately my dad's job caused us to move to Texas. I have been eating there since about Birth. We lived on 20th street which is 2 streets up from the Restaurant, and till this day that is the first place I go eat at when I go to Chicago. They are awesome!!!!! Especially the Machacado!!

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★★★★★

I was born in Chicago, but unfortunately my dad's job caused us to move to Texas. I have been eating there since about Birth. We lived on 20th street which is 2 streets up from the Restaurant, and till this day that is the first place I go eat at when I go to Chicago. They are awesome!!!!! Especially the Machacado!!

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The food is the best there is the carna sada makes you laugh at the taco bell ad's. I could eat there everyday there are too many good dishs.

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★★★★★

The food is the best there is the carna sada makes you laugh at the taco bell ad's. I could eat there everyday there are too many good dishs.

Pros: Fast servers, great food, parking

Cons: NONE

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Nuevo Leon is an authentic Mexican restaurant that offers the best Mexican food in the city. The Carne Asada is great. The beans and rice are done perfectly. The Orchata is the best I've ever tasted. You know it's good when the clientelle are of the same ethnic group as the food being served. The prices are very reasonable.

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★★★★★

Nuevo Leon is an authentic Mexican restaurant that offers the best Mexican food in the city. The Carne Asada is great. The beans and rice are done perfectly. The Orchata is the best I've ever tasted. You know it's good when the clientelle are of the same ethnic group as the food being served. The prices are very reasonable.

Pros: inexpensive, great food

Cons: parking, crowded

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The environment is quite nice with bright tropical colors and paintings. Food is the best you will find outside of a traditional Mexican home. Owner and son are not too friendly and if busy there is no place to sit while waiting for table. Mexican hot chocolate is a must during Chicago wnters.

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★★★★☆

The environment is quite nice with bright tropical colors and paintings. Food is the best you will find outside of a traditional Mexican home. Owner and son are not too friendly and if busy there is no place to sit while waiting for table. Mexican hot chocolate is a must during Chicago wnters.

Pros: kid friendly

Cons: crowded, no reservations

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This by far is the best authentic mexican restaurant in Chicago. The atmosphere is upbeat and family orientated. The Carne Asada is the best! Everything I have tried on the menu has been great. You haven't had great mexican until you have been to Nueva Leon!

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★★★★★

This by far is the best authentic mexican restaurant in Chicago. The atmosphere is upbeat and family orientated. The Carne Asada is the best! Everything I have tried on the menu has been great. You haven't had great mexican until you have been to Nueva Leon!

Pros: Inexpensive

Cons: parking

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For the best authentic Mexican food, Nuevo Leon is number one. Everything there is original in every sense. It's like my own mother was cooking in the kitchen.

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★★★★★

For the best authentic Mexican food, Nuevo Leon is number one. Everything there is original in every sense. It's like my own mother was cooking in the kitchen.

Pros: Inexpensive, Great food, Family oriented

Cons: None

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Excellent food, family atmosphere, open almost all the time, kids are always welcome. Sunday mornings after Mass are crowded - also a great place to stop in after watching the Chicago Marathon run by on 18th St!

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★★★★★

Excellent food, family atmosphere, open almost all the time, kids are always welcome. Sunday mornings after Mass are crowded - also a great place to stop in after watching the Chicago Marathon run by on 18th St!

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The nachos might be the only decent thing there. The menudo is chewy, the sauces are watered down, the beans are refried over and over until gone, the tamales are reheated the same way, the rice -- overcooked and rarely fresh.
A good gage of the quality of Mexican food is their rice and beans.

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★★☆☆☆

The nachos might be the only decent thing there. The menudo is chewy, the sauces are watered down, the beans are refried over and over until gone, the tamales are reheated the same way, the rice -- overcooked and rarely fresh.
A good gage of the quality of Mexican food is their rice and beans.

Pros: pretty, carry out

Cons: bad food, bad parking, bad food

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We like the individually topped nachos at this pleasant, family-oriented taqueria, which draws multiculti crowds noon and night. And holy mole is the mole sauce here terrific; it's one of the tastiest, especially for the price. Get it on…

 

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