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Nuevo Leon

View Map1515 W. 18th St., Chicago
Tel: (312) 421-1517
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Across the street from the Discoteca Mexico Oro sits this incredibly popular family restaurant, where you won't find your usual Mexican fare. Nope, there isn't a taco combo or enhchilada platter anywhere on the Nuevo Leon menu. Instead, you'll have your choice of such delicacies as milanesa (thin breaded steak), costillas de puerco con chile rojo (pork ribs cooked in red ancho sauce), and pollo al horno con papas y zanahorias (baked chicken in batter with potatoes and carrots).

Judging by the number of families that flock here regularly, it's all worth a try. Not all of the servers speak English, but ordering is pretty easy and goes something like this: The server says, "Okay?" and you state your order; the server says, "Tortillas?" and you say corn or flour; the server says, "To drink?" and you supply the answer. The server then returns in about four seconds with your food. That is barely an exaggeration; here, your meal practically races to your table.

An appetizer of some kind of carnitas (spiced barbecued pork) topped with a soft tortilla comes with every meal. The entrees run large, and if there ever was a place to tempt you past your point of fullness, it's Nuevo Leon.

The decor is no-frills but the tables are kept clean, and the large blue jukebox (with its selection of Spanish-language CDs) provides all the atmosphere the restaurant needs. The takeout line often contains as many people as the tables do.

Delivery is possible within a three mile radius, and the charge is $15. The restaurant is BYOB.

Average cost: $10-$20

Centerstage Reviewer: Abigail Derecho

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7 a.m.-midnight daily

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