If you live in Chicago, it’s likely that you know Neuvo Leon (1515 W. 18th Street) as one of the best places for Mexican food. Located in the Pilsen neighborhood, just south of downtown Chicago, it features everything from tacos to tamales. But if you’re not from Chicago, it’s likely you’ve not heard of it because it’s a bit off the beaten path for most visitors.
Neuvo Leon is like many ethnic restaurants in the city. It doesn’t do things fancy, preferring to let the food speak for itself. I’m pretty sure someone’s grandmother is in the kitchen cooking up a storm because I feel like I’ve arrived at someone’s home as soon as I walk through the elaborated decorated building.
As soon as you’re seated, a bowl of peppers and sliced carrots are brought to your table. Be sure to have water nearby because your mouth might go up in flames. A small appetizer of pork comes next and then your waiter takes your order.
The service is pretty impeccable. The food is brought out quickly and is both delicious and satisfying. Even more remarkable? The price. An entire full meal of three tacos is just $6. I kid you not.
The only disadvantage is this place is cash only so come prepared. Granted, you don’t need a lot of cash to enjoy a delicious Mexican meal at Nuevo Leon but you still need cash to pay.
Finally, Nuevo Leon caters to families. It’s a kid-friendly restaurant although there were couples young and old filling some tables while large groups were welcomed, too.
Next time you’re craving Mexican in Chicago, head to Pilsen’s Neuvo Leon.