Nuevo leon restaurant opened in the heart of pilsen community more than 40 yrs ago.our mexican menu is well balanced with our rich and flavorful ... More
Nuevo leon restaurant opened in the heart of pilsen community more than 40 yrs ago.our mexican menu is well balanced with our rich and flavorful chicken,steak,seafood dishes ranging from bistec a la Mexican (rib-eye steak),fajitas (steak,chicken or shrimp), caldo de res( beef stew) and asada( skirt steak).
food is ok but at one time it was better than ok. now its pretty much a tourist stop for those coming into the city on the tourist trips. so if you're from arkansas or whatever midwest state the're bringing these tourist from(it's the best mexican food around). hey the beans are great!
The enchiladas here are amazing. I like the chips, salsa is a tad bland. The soup that they bring out is some of the best I've had and the place is always crazy busy. It's worth coming to, just remember it's a cash only place. I could die happy in a pan of their cheese enchiladas with mole.
good food- try once and you will love it!
we ordered steak Burittos and Chicken Fajita..... too much food for 2 people.. its worth the money and time to drive all the way from northside.... will visit again soon!
THE BEST MEXICAN FOOD IN TOWN. AND ONE OF THE BEST I'VE EVER HAD. NOT TO MENTION THE GREAT SERVICE. AND HAVE FUN OUTSIDE WHILE WAITING IN LINE. AND AS YOU LOOK DOWN THE STREET AND SEE LOS COMALES DONT EVEN THINK THAT'S GONNA GET THE JOB DONE!!!! NUEVO LEON IS THE BEST IN TOWN AND THERE'S NOTHING ELSE LIKE IT.
Here's an honest review from a couple who likes to eat and loves to cook. Because we cook so often, we are always trying new spots, mostly in Chicago because if you want good food, you've got to travel.
We live in Indiana, but we work in the City of Chicago and we happen to love both eating Authentic Mexican food and cooking it.
First off, Nuevo Leon sells tortilla chips and they are very good, nice an thin and crispy and not really too greasy straight from the bag.
They also sell a couple of good bottled sauces, one red and one green, which are pretty good, though Frontera grill (Rick Bayless) has better choices, but that is to be expected also.
We went today 3/22/11 at about 1pm and the place was completely packed which is always a good sign. We were excited because it was a nice mix of regulars and travelers, so we didn't feel uncomfortable at all, although we probably had the worst table in the house, in fact, we did have the worst seat in the house.
A large bowl of salsa was brought out, basically stewed tomatoes, stewed jalapenos and stewed onion, then blended with water. Nice heat factor with little flavor. No garlic, no lime or fresh cilantro.
The chips were double fried and very greasy, complete garbage.
Then the appetizer of what was suppose to be Chiuahua cheese a'la Mexican, which amounted to a plate of WET cheese, with some tomatoes and diced jalapenos thrown on top with about 6 chips on the edges of the plates sitting in the wet, watered down cheese. TRULY disgusting and TASTELESS.
Then we ordered a small guacamole, which was the best thing we ordered, nice fresh taste, add some lime and it was pretty good.
Though we've ate better and made much better, no garlic, no cumin or any other spice.
Then we ordered a very authentic Chile Rhelleno, Oh, the pepper was huge for sure and it actually looked decent, but upon eating one forkful, it was the most bland, un-authentic chile we ever ate. Stuffed with fake Mozzarella cheese, a cheap brand nonetheless. The beans were horrible and the rice was dry.
This place was terrible at best, it's hard to find, the food sucks, the ambience wasn't anything to look at, the salsa bowls dirty and the very real possibility that the uneaten chips from other diners and quite possibly the uneaten salsa from other diners was dumped into a large pot waiting to be scooped out for the next unsuspecting guest to eat.
I hate give such poor review marks, but if I could save one diner a wasted trip, then this review will have been worth writing.
Unless you had the opportunity of meeting members of La Familia Gutierrez (owners) you will never really know why the food at Nuevo Leon is so great. I currently live in Phoenix Arizona, however lived and grew up in the Pilsen area. The love, yes love that they blend with all their dishes is unlike any other place in Chicago. True cooking just like Mama makes. The service is great, the food even better. If you don't believe it, get down there during lunch time and check out the number of people who dine there. The Obregon family has been eating at Nuevo Leon for at least 3 generations. As person friends of Mr. Gutierrez, this long standing relationship through the years is just another example of the care and personal commitment that this family shows to friends and customers. Our entire family is and will always be extremly greatful to the attention, and friendship offered by Nuevo Leon. Please take my word for it, a wonderful eating experience.
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