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Anyone Tried Nuevo Leon (Austin)?

  • Ron L Nov 28, 2006 10:22 PM
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We had lunch at a new Nuevo Leon on the corner of Escarpment & Slaughter Lane (Escarpment Village Shopping Center). We had chicken quesadillas and chicken fajitas and, to tell the truth, they have a bit of a way to go before these two dishes are as good as we get at Las Flores (290 & Wm Cannon) or any Taco Cabana.

Restaurant decor is promising and the outdoor dining area in nice enough but needs some serious planting action. Place has been open for about two weeks - maybe it needs some 'seasoning'.

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  1. Is it related to the Nuevo Leon restaurant that is in East Austin? If so, my opinion is that there is no reason to go out of your way to eat there. No better than many mexican food places, and certainly not one of the best.

    1. Typical white-bread Tex-Mex. We went with 5 other people, so there was a diverse selection from the menu at our table. I mean, you know its not real mexican when French Fries come with all the Seafood dhishes. Nuevo Leon has an OK atmosphere- if you like those developer style restaraunts. It's a typical chain restaraunt. I have had MUCH better food at Taco Cabana or the Taco Shack- which is SAD. The meat was tough, the salsa was like spicy ketchup, the margaritas were from a mix, and the "lightly breaded" Tilapia was a snapshot from Long John Silvers. Terrible food. But i guess if you are a Circle C type, you really dont go there for Authentic Mexican food.

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      1. re: vallen

        French fries - or papas fritos - are very common, in various forms, in Mexican restaurants in Texas as well as all over northern and central Mexico in my experience.

        1. re: avi

          I lived in Mexico for 7 years. These are not Papas Fritas. These are big 'ole Ore-Ida Style American French Fries- al-a-Long John Silvers.
          Go see for yourself Avi!

      2. It is the same as the one on East Austin. I've never ever understood the popularity of this restaurant. It's mediocre on the good days. Maybe they have good drink specials or something.

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        1. re: achtungpv

          I ate at the one in Circle C about a month ago. Last time I go there. For starters, it was loud. Not just restaurant loud, but no sound absorption at all. Add in a band that was playing and it was impossible to carry on a conversation.
          The food was mediocre at best. I am a sucker for a good fish sandwich and they had one on the specials menu that night. They also have a fish platter. I ordered a fish sandwich, my husband ordered enchiladas, and we ordered queso for the table.

          Queso never showed up. We asked her to take it off when the food arrived. My husband said the enchiladas were okay, but not great. I was frustrated by the fish sandwich. When I ordered it, I pointed at it on the specials menu we received and clearly said I wanted the fish sandwich. What arrived at the table was the fish platter. When the waitress came over to the table to check (I hadn't started eating), I asked if this was the fish sandwich, she said "yes." I said, this isn't a sandwich... this is 2 pieces of fish with a slice of bread on the side. She promised it was the fish sandwich and looked at me like I was an idiot. The fish was okay, but extremely bland. The fries were just okay, and a bit limp.
          When the check arrived, she charged us for the fish platter. I went to the front and got a menu. When she came to collect the check, I pointed out I had ordered the fish sandwich and this was the price of the sandwich (a bit lower than the platter).
          She disappeared and about 15 minutes later (seriously) came back and made a big deal about getting her manager to just charge me the price of the sandwich but it wasn't her fault because "everyone orders the platter but calls it a sandwich" (huh?).

          Needless to say, I felt it the food was mediocre and the service was incompetent. I can understand not being familiar with the specials menu, but when I pointed to it twice, and specifically asked for an item, I expect to be served it. When I'm not served it, I don't like to be treated like a moron because she decided should I order something else. So, they're not getting any more of my money.

        2. my family has been dining at Nuevo East for so long we'd beg to go anywhere but Nuevo...I live sw so we tried nuevo circle c last week...service was Not Good, portions were smaller than eastside and higher priced,and the margaritas do not come in 3 sizes like east...but only in one big stupid looking goblet...like I'm at El Chico's,back in Wichita Falls again. tooooo bad.

          1. These are the same folks from E 7th Street. I have not been to the new location only to the one on the East side. But I never really found anything on the menu that was REALLY great. The margaritas are pretty good, but that is about it. A friend did tell me that the new location was very loud.

            1. This restaurant (Circle C location) is a seriously fun and delicious place to go! We met friends there for 'karaoke night' on the patio and had the best time! The food was awesome and the drinks were the best! I really don't know why you all are so down on Nuevo! You all must prefer those typical chain restaurants that don't support local businesses and economies. Let me tell you all that you are missing out on some excellent local fare! I don't know what happened or what you ordered when you went before but you really should go back and give it another chance. You won't be disappointed! I'll be back for karaoke night!

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              1. re: texasfoodmama

                I've eaten there twice, it's pretty mediocre. The taco trucks that roam Circle C feeding construction crews destroy it. I'm all for supporting local business' maybe a decent one will move into escarpement village someday. I'm kinda new to to Austin, but there's not much to eat south of Ben White.

                1. re: texasfoodmama

                  You must not frequent this board often, most of the conversation here is anything but typical chain restaurant.

                  Having said that, I've been to Nuevo Leon east-side location. The place was packed with locals (east siders) as well as west siders and we had to wait an hour for a table. They're obviously doing something right as they are packing it in, but my wife and I thought it was probably the worst mexican meal we've had in town.

                  1. re: LakeLBJ

                    The popularity of the east Nuevo Leon location is a mystery to me, too. I've been there once, no, maybe twice? It was completely forgettable, except for the door guy practically haranguing us to drink margaritas while we waited for our table. We didn't want one! It was relief to get seated just to escape him.

                2. It's okay. Not great. The only thing I really liked on the menu was the panchos appetizer with beef fajita meat. It was a huge plate of bean and cheese nachos and, at least when we had it, a good amount of beef. It pretty much filled up my husband and myself. That and a big margarita was plenty.

                  The rest is okay. Nothing great but not bad. Pretty average fare.

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                  1. re: Nakhash

                    There is a completely unrelated truck on Montopolis, almost at the northern end by the Levander Loop called Azadero Nuevo Leon that does the best MX charcoal chicken I've ever had. It's located in a auto garage parking lot & is only open like Weds/Thrs>Sunday, daytime hours. Killer chow!!!

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                    Nuevo Leon Cafe
                    1308 W San Antonio St, New Braunfels, TX 78130