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Best Mexican restaurant in Pilsen?

jamieott Sep 30, 2010 09:04 AM

I don't venture into Pilsen often, so please send me to the best Mexican spot in that neighborhood.

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    gordeaux RE: jamieott Sep 30, 2010 11:38 AM

    Hi Jamieott -
    This might depend on your tastes. If you want home cookin style food, a lot of folks think that Nuevo Leon on 18th street is the way to go.

    Further up the scale for creative Mexican with a nod to French flair is one of Nsxtasy's favorites, Mundial Cocina Mestiza. I really like Nuevo Leon as well. I have yet to get to Mundial, my last two attempts were foiled.

    For a little less "fancy," I love the cafeteria joints El Milagro, and La Casa Del Pueblo for cheap, but very good eats.

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    Mundial Cocina Mestiza
    1640 W 18th St, Chicago, IL 60608

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

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      jamieott RE: gordeaux Sep 30, 2010 12:14 PM

      Thanks for the advice!

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        sheilal RE: gordeaux Oct 1, 2010 06:17 AM

        I second Neuvo Leon. I had the best dark mole there that sent me into orbit. Deep, rich, succulent. It was stupendous!! They also give you an "amuse bouche" in addition to the chips and salsa. It changes depending on the ingredients they have on hand for the day. It's cash only though, so don't take your plastic.

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          RachelWToo RE: gordeaux Jul 5, 2011 01:32 PM

          I went to Nuevo Leon for lunch at the recommendation of a staffer at the Mexican Museum of Art, who suggested it and one other place on the opposite side of the same block. I had a delicious mole. This is obviously a popular neighborhood place, busy and comfortable restaurant but also a good number of people coming in to pick up their dinner. It was my first visit to Chicago and I was really, really happy to find this spot. Close to the pink line.

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

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            smunderground RE: gordeaux Jul 8, 2011 11:01 AM

            Just wanted to add a couple of things to the list, on the cheap and cheerful side of the spectrum.
            Taqueria Tayahua (in West Pilsen, Western & 24th St ) - Hands down my favorite taqueria in the city, great cheap food across the board. Gotta try the D.F. style quesadillas with squash blossoms.
            Don Pedro Carnitas (near 18th & Racine) - This place has incredible Carnitas! It is a madhouse on weekends, but is entirely worth the wait.
            Tacos Palas (near 18th & Halsted) - Little hole in the wall joint where you are essentially seated at a counter in a kitchen. Delicious fresh and homemade tasting Mexican food.
            Just thought I would add in my two cents.

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            Taqueria Tayahua
            2411 S Western Ave, Chicago, IL 60608

            Tacos Palas
            1700 S Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60608

          2. nsxtasy RE: jamieott Jul 5, 2011 01:43 PM

            I really do love Mundial Cocina Mestiza. The food is very creative, as you can see from the menus on their website at www.mundialcocinamestiza.com In addition to their dinner, it's a great place for weekend brunch. I've been there quite a few times now and IMHO it's not just the best Mexican restaurant in Pilsen, but the best in the entire city. It's just a few doors east of the 18th Street stop on the CTA Pink Line.

            I've eaten at Nuevo Leon, and comparing it to Mundial is like night and day. Nuevo Leon serves conventional Mexican food, the same kind of standard items (e.g. enchiladas, carne asada) you can find in thousands of Mexican restaurants across the country. It's well prepared and it's inexpensive, but it's not at all unusual in any way.

            So, as gordeaux notes, it all depends on what you're looking for, conventional Mexican food or more creative and unusual Mexican food. I prefer Mundial and it's my go-to place for great Mexican food.

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            Mundial Cocina Mestiza
            1640 W 18th St, Chicago, IL 60608

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

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              chicgail RE: nsxtasy Jul 5, 2011 03:39 PM

              I really like both Mudial and Nuevo Leon. Mundial is very creative and takes a European approach to Mexican ingredients, but I wouldn't call Nuevo Leon conventional. They do an exceptional job of preparing the "old standards," really well. It really does depend on what you're in the mood for.

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

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