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Mexican Breakfast

madtheswine Nov 10, 2009 11:47 AM

From what I've seen, there are a plethora of postings about mexican food on this board, but very little about mexican breakfast. Is there any particular restaurant that serves breakfast with fresh flour tortillas? Any place in or around the downtown area would be awesome.

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    gordeaux Nov 10, 2009 01:56 PM

    By "fresh" do you mean handmade?

    Closest I know of for handmades is Nuevo Leon on 18th street.

    Nuevo Leon Restaurant
    1515 W 18th St, Chicago, IL 60608

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    1. re: gordeaux
      madtheswine Nov 11, 2009 05:23 AM

      yes, by fresh I do mean handmade and preferably made that same day. The most important thing to me is that it's delicious and authentic, in that order.

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        gordeaux Nov 11, 2009 07:32 AM

        Depending on your vantage point for authenticity, I think Nuevo Leon is a very good bet.

        Nuevo Leon Restaurant
        3657 W 26th St, Chicago, IL 60623

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      Stuccolow Nov 12, 2009 07:42 AM


      La Quinta makes a great breakfast with house made tortillas.

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        jbontario Nov 13, 2009 09:50 AM

        I really like Flo on W Chicago.

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          jbw Nov 17, 2009 09:45 AM

          On Sunday morning you can watch them being made at several booths at the Maxwell St. market.

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            amoncada Nov 19, 2009 03:49 PM

            I second jbw's rec for the Maxwell street market.

            I've had some pretty darn great tamale's, taco's, sopes made fresh, pretty much on the spot! You wouldn't expect to have such great food made with such fresh ingredients in such a divey place.

            Oh, and just in case your hubcap suddenly disappeared, there's a good chance you'll find it there :).

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            gomexico Nov 20, 2009 07:23 AM

            "You wouldn't expect to have such great food made with such fresh ingredients in such a divey place."

            Opinions are one thing - and we each own our individual ones. But to characterize Maxewll St. in this fashion is inaccurate as to the facts.

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            1. re: gomexico
              chicgail Nov 20, 2009 09:33 AM

              I don't have any opinion about Maxwell St. Market one way or the other, but I am curious about your post.

              What part of that quote do you think doesn't represent the facts?

              Great food? Whether food is great or not is always an opinion.

              Fresh ingredients? This is quantifiable, but only if someone knows where/when you get your ingredients.

              Divey place? This is totally an opinion. "Divey" is never a fact; it doesn't exist in the physical universe. It only exists in someone's opinion.

              1. re: chicgail
                gomexico Nov 20, 2009 10:08 AM

                Maxwell St. is Chicago's equivalent of a Mexican big-city "tianguis" market, at which good on-the-spot food is made and consumed. I'm suggesting someone familiar with such marketplaces will understand that. And though not an absolute, the term "divey" does have a well-understood meaning which I do not think is applicable to Maxwell St., nor do I think other comments in that response/commentary reflect the reality of the station.

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                  chicgail Nov 20, 2009 11:34 AM

                  Good point. "Someone familiar with such marketplaces will understand that."

                  It's possible and even likely that the previous poster you were responding to was not familiar with such markets and so how the Maxwell St. Market occurs for him/her in his/her world was "divey." Now that may not be the truth, but in that person's world it is as valid a point of view as your point of view is for you given what you know and have experienced.

                  And, for sure, thanks for explaining where you are coming from in your opinion.

              2. re: gomexico
                gordeaux Nov 20, 2009 03:16 PM

                Not that I think Amoncada needs backup, but I think they might have used a not great choice of a word for a description. Since MSM is definitely not a standardized restaurant, but an outdoor marketplace with its own definite "atmosphere," I can kinda understand how someone could describe it as divey. I'd also say that Amoncada and I frequent a few places that a good amt of folks would turn their nose up at, so I know that Amoncada is nowhere even close to a "snob." I'd venture to say that they actually really like MSM, but were trying to let the OP know that it's not a fancy sit down-ish restaurant place, that's all.

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