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Nov 10, 2009 11:47 AM

Mexican Breakfast

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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  1. 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

      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.

      1. re: madtheswine

        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


      La Quinta makes a great breakfast with house made tortillas.

      1. I really like Flo on W Chicago.

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

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          1. re: jbw

            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 :).

          2. "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

              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

                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.

                1. re: gomexico

                  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

                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.