Chicago >Food & Dining > Nuevo Leon Restaurant
1515 W 18th St, Chicago, IL | Directions 6060841.857565 -87.664344
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Neighborhoods: Pilsen (Lower West Side), Pilsen, West Side
great customer service – LOVE this place! Great mexican food! Everytime I go I don't know what to order but I always get the BEEF STEW.
authentic and delicious – 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.
Great for breakfast... – 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.
First Mexican Restuarant in Chicagoland since the 50s – 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.
Your better off at Taco Bell – 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.
OVERRATED! – 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.
Best Mexican Food Ever – 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!
Authentic Mexican food, the best in Chi town – 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
Authentic Mexican – 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.
Best Mexican food I've ever eaten – 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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