Chicago >Food & Dining > Mundial Cocina Mestiza
1640 W 18th St, Chicago, IL | Directions 6060841.858027 -87.667823
Neighborhoods: West Side, Pilsen, Pilsen (Lower West Side)
Wow, great new menu – I really enjoyed the Mahi Mahi en Salsa de Hoja, it was grilled to perfection. I dared myself to try the frog legs and found that I enjoyed them. Don't miss out on the Sangria. My friends were there on a hot night and it really quenched our thirst.
One of the best BYOB in Chicago – I feel strongly that Chicago enjoys the finest list of BYOB restaurants anywhere and this is one of the premier BYOB locations in the city. Don't be fooled by the location, Pilsen, this is much more eclectic than latin, for example their pasta dishes are outstanding, sea food fresh, and meat dishes perfectly seasoned. I try something different each time and am always impressed with the sauces, regardless of the dish.
Not sure why the one bad review, maybe they were looking for tacos, but it enraged me enough to write this, my first review. Give it a try, see what you think.
The worst customer service – I heard great comments from my co-workers and through this list of reviews. I was very dissappointed especially when I arrived to the placed. There were two empty tables, plus the back tables and they had us wait for about 10 minutes. We were finally seated and I ordered a guacamole for appetizer, it didn't have any salt and it had a lot of lemon. I ate quesadillas de huitlacoche, my friends ordered a salad, shrimps with some sauce, tamal oaxaque?o and I tasted a little of all their dishes. We all agreed it didn't have any seasoning. This place might be good for you if you have never been to any Latin American countries or have not tasted your mother's dishes, that's real Mexican food. This is another wannabe Mexican top-scale kind of restaurant. Regardless of the prices, the dishes are not good for you, if you're accostumed to the taste of Mexican food with the exact combination of seasoning. They only surprise people with their decoration in their dishes, but that does not mean a good taste in their cooking. Honestly, if you want to spend that much, go to La Fogata right on Ashland and 18th St. But everyone has a different taste, so it depends on you, but I am Mexican and was accostumed to eating with the right seasoning and this is not a place for you if you want authentic Mexican dishes.
Great! – Please disregard the last review. I know of many people who have eaten here multiple times without any problems. Yes the food is not typical, that is what makes Mundial so fantastic!
Worse restaurant - beware of contamination – We had really high hopes for this restaurant but it was beyond disappointing. How dare they charge so much for the food when they are a dump!!! I ordered the flor de calabaza empanada appetizer and a glob of a tasteless something showed up on my plate looking nothing like a empanada. Then I ordered the stuffed chicken with corn mushroom and that was a complete disaster. It looks bad and it tasted even worse - the mushroom stuffing looked like swage. My husband ordered the seviche and the steak dinner. We were both sick for the next couple of days. We definitely don't recommend it. Nothing good to say about the service either.
Exceptional Mexican food – This restaurant is a diamond in the rough. The food is exquisite, and the prices are extremely reasonable. This is not your average Mexican restaurant. The only suggestion I have is to call ahead and make a reservation.
Great new brunch place! – Went there for brunch one Sunday afternoon with the gf and had a delicious meal. It's a quiet spot and was not very busy when we arrived at 1:30, but quickly got super packed with a wait after about 20 minutes. Really filling brunch dishes and decent service. Ample parking for weekend brunch hours. The only reason I gave 4 stars instead of 5 is because there didn't seem to be too many brunch dishes. If I were to go again with my gf, we'd probably end up choosing from the same few dishes we like. They're really good, but a bit more variety would be fantastic.
awesome hidden little secret – My friend just got an awesome little apartment in Pilsen and we decided to go to dinner and celebrate. We walked by this little place and decided to try it. I do not regret that at all. It looks a little hidden, but it is such a great find. We sat in the back portion of the restaurant. She had the salmon with some great caramelized papaya, I had the carne asada with some awesome foil-cooked nopales and wonderful beans that seemed to have a hint of bacon giving it amazing flavor. Needless to say, we decided to split the entrees. BOTH dishes were out of this world. One thing I did not like was our server. She was not the friendliest around. Luckily there was another server working there that night that was a lot more helpful. The food overall was great, we were disappointed that they had run out of their homemade sangria, but that's just another reason to go back. And believe me, I will be going back.
There's no pretense at this innovative but simple Latin eatery in Pilsen. – The Scene
Appearance-wise, little distinguishes this narrow, blue and white-tiled, two-room storefront with unclothed, faux wood tables from nearby taquerias. Decorated with roping, strings of garlic and terra cotta vessels, the restaurant entices with the sultry smell of peppers and garlic wafting from the open kitchen in the front dining room. Dramatically plated and eye-popping dishes command attention.
From colorful sweet corn tamales to aromatic, baked whole fish, this is Mexican made with TLC. Warm, garlicky shredded pork carnitas with chewy lentils and pickled jalapenos beg to be stuffed into flour tortillas. Biting, chili oil-zapped tilapia and sirloin seviche with capers and avocado make taste buds sing. Wine sauce-braised short ribs nestled on chunky yucca mashed potatoes are good, but smoky, five-alarm shrimp with applewood-smoked bacon and roasted red peppers in cilantro-dotted broth are better. Light-as-air apple and tropical fruit souffle-filled crepes are special occasion-worthy when sprinkled with rose petals.
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