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Nuevo Leon Restaurant

(Now Closed)
Mexican Restaurant$$$$
Pilsen, Chicago
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  • Jaysyn L.
    Jaysyn LongoriaAugust 3, 2014
    Having visited from San Antonio, my expectations weren't very high considering I grew up with a taqueria at every street corner. Boy did I underestimate! Enchiladas are amazing!! Try them w/ Mole!!
  • Adam S.
    Adam SegerMarch 26, 2013
    The Snapper Hauchanango is the best whole fish dish entree value in the city-Comes with garlic mojo, salad, avocado, Cojeta cheese and rice or beans.
  • Heather F.
    Heather FolsomJuly 3, 2014
    It's not on the menu but we ordered a chorizo & huevo burrito- absolutely delicious, huge, & only $6! (and worth the weird look from our server haha). This place is crazy busy for many reasons!
  • Carris L.
    Carris LagosDecember 10, 2013
    Food is beyond amazing at a great price. You get to try different salsas and free soup before ordering. Food comes so fast you're not even done with the chips and salsa (a huge first).
  • Reaper™
    Reaper™December 29, 2011
    It's almost 15 years since I've been here and they still serve homemade tortillas! Don't me intimidated by the freakishly long line. It's well worth the wait. Just remember to bring cash. Lol ツ
  • Chicagoist
    ChicagoistAugust 1, 2014
    Nuevo Leon's menu is heavy on the staples of Mexican cuisine, with excellent tacos, chile rellenos, queso chorizo and mole dishes. Read more
  • Greg B.
    Greg BarilaAugust 4, 2012
    Amazing food and ridiculously CHEAP. I was full before we even ordered. Try to huevos divorciadas. Eat with wheat tortia and a pickled hot chili.
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsAugust 9, 2013
    Big plates of homey and very satisfying Mexican with a friendly, accommodating staff. Excellent refried beans.
  • Izzy
    IzzySeptember 8, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    If you are in the mood for breakfast. Huevos albañil with ham are AMAZING! to top it off they are spicy. Mmmm! So good :)
  • Rohaina
    RohainaJune 10, 2014
    Go in a group of 3 and order 3 different orders of tacos or tostadas. Rotate, rotate, and taste it all! Cash only!
  • Nikki Z.
    Nikki ZimmermannNovember 17, 2014
    Chicken soup! Huevos Divorciados! (On surreal note, the Christmas music just came on and it's the Alvin and the Chipmunks!! Food is great!, so we won't judge them :-)
  • Original Penguin
    Original PenguinNovember 9, 2010
    Sometimes there is no satiating that insane craving for real-deal Mexican fare, especially when you’re only rocking a Hamilton. Chicken mole, shrimp fajitas and glorious steak and eggs.
  • Bobby K.
    Bobby KennedyNovember 8, 2014
    Can't decide? Get the Combinacion: 1 taco, 1 tostada, 1 tamale and 1 enchilada. Cash only and BYOB.
  • Blanca G.
    Blanca GreenDecember 8, 2013
    The combination plate is amazing! Has a good variety and it helped me fall in love with the enchiladas :)
  • Giang P.
    Giang PhamMarch 12, 2015
    Good food for a very cheap price. We ordered 2 dishes only but got so full and even had leftover. The store takes cash only.
  • Demian S.
    Demian SCFebruary 3, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Dont seat at the first table by the door on the winter time. People keep going in and out and that cold breeze hit ya like a mofo...
  • Samantha R.
    Samantha RangelDecember 21, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Steak, steak, anything steak. If you ask, they'll make you a mega tasty steak and egg burrito para desayuno. ¡!
  • Nicole
    NicoleFebruary 12, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    This place is just great. You're met with quick and cordial service! The chicken soup is great!
  • Chad C.
    Chad CurryAugust 6, 2014
    The chilaquiles were outstanding. Simple tacos that don't rely on toppings to produce great flavor.
  • Cristina G.
    CASH ONLY (atm fee is 2.50) Tacos de asada and lengua were good. Chips have a nice flavor to them, and salsas were alright.
  • Bart C.
    Bart CrouchApril 27, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Great veggie burrito. As a vegan, I order it w/out cheese & it tastes delicioso!
  • Jessica L.
    Jessica LynnSeptember 3, 2013
    The pollo en mole is divine. Really get anything and everything with that mole!!!!
  • Lydia J.
    Lydia JarviNovember 28, 2011
    Anything with mole is to die for! Best south side comida de Mexicana! Me gusta!
  • Don F.
    Don FoxDecember 27, 2013
    The food is authentic Mexican, and it is delicious. The service is top notch
  • Rocio J.
    Rocio JimenezAugust 8, 2015
    It tastes like real Mexican food, food is really affordable and you can bring your own beer
  • Pet S.
    Pet SAugust 4, 2012
    Cheapest meal I think I've ever had. Great breakfast for $5 including drink.
  • Tim G.
    Tim GronkowskiJuly 30, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Beef flautas best for the Buck. Puerco Asado is tasty. Steaks are really good.
  • Conor W.
    Conor WyseApril 27, 2014
    They only accept cash. And go hungry - they can easily fill you up ^_^
  • Ricky B.
    Ricky BurtonAugust 8, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Seriously some of the best Mexican breakfast food you can find in the city.
  • Tara J.
    Tara JeanineFebruary 19, 2014
    Amazing and very reasonable. Expect long lines during the lunch hours.
  • David M.
    David MichaelJosephApril 10, 2014
    The quesadillas Raul are one of my favorite appetizers anywhere.
  • Collins B.
    Collins BonnemaAugust 3, 2015
    Best Mexican food in Chicago and cannot beat the prices! Love this place.
  • Cristina B.
    Cristina BarillasOctober 12, 2013
    Good food but they do rush you out once your done....so don't dilly dally
  • Ronny L.
    Ronny LatimoreMarch 16, 2013
    The fajitas are so delicious. The steak is tough but soo juicy!
  • Bryce J.
    Bryce JensenSeptember 8, 2015
    Place is great, it can get super crowded on busy nights.
  • Quique M.
    Quique MaganaNovember 15, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Beans are cooked with lard. So if you're a vegan, ask for another option.
  • Greyhawk68
    Greyhawk68December 5, 2013
    Try the Enchiladas Suizas - The mole was amazing!
  • Ryan S.
    Ryan SkellyApril 10, 2013
    Food was very yummy! Nice staff. cash only!
  • Angel M.
    Angel MaldonadoJanuary 6, 2012
    Flautas de pollo are delicious, crunchy and light
  • Leida P.
    All the foods is authentic and good! Nicely priced
  • Anthony M.
    Anthony MartorinaFebruary 5, 2014
    Everyday they serve a complimentary app.
  • Nancy R.
    Nancy RodriguezApril 24, 2011
    Bring cash - place doesn't accept credit cards or checks. Also, expect to wait a bit on Sunday.
  • Yaya L.
    Yaya LopezMarch 12, 2015
    Have to get the nachos every time I visit. Yummy!
  • Leah N.
    Leah NicoleOctober 12, 2014
    Everything here is so good, can't go wrong!
  • arooz
    aroozAugust 23, 2010
    AMAZING shrimp dish. Last meal on the fish menu. ABSOLUTELY fantastic!
  • Jeff D.
    Jeff DelgadoSeptember 8, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Ask for the Salsa de Molcajete. Don't go for the bland tomatoey salsa they bring out.
  • Lena C.
    Lena CharlesAugust 22, 2012
    BYOB!! But only three (3) beers per person ;)
  • Katherine T.
    Katherine TaylorFebruary 1, 2015
    Enchiladas are delicious!
  • Denise Y.
    Denise YoungJuly 30, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Amazing milanesa. Byob - liquor store next door
  • Jorge C.
    Jorge CestouFebruary 24, 2012
    Love their queso panela. A must have here.
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