Nuevo Leon Restaurant
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1515 W. 18th Street
Chicago Illinois 60608
Nuevo Leon Restaurant is a small restaurant on the first floor of a three story building with an artistic outside that reflects the Mexican culture. the Gutierrez family has owned Nuevo Leon since 1962. Three generations have worked in this restaurant, “the old with the new” is a common phrase said by the workers there. Just like the three generations that word their, the restaurant is painted three stories high to represent their Mexican culture which also blends in with the neighborhood of Pilsen. Yolie Miramontes, of WTTW, says, ” It’s a piece of Mexico on 18th Street.”
Located in the Heart of Pilsen, on 18th street, Nuevo Leon represents the rich culture that can still be seen in the South side today. It’s graphic, mural like exterior mimics the thriving art community in Pilsen, while also representing one of the many restaurants and stores on 18th street. The interior of the restaurant is just as vibrant as the outside, and even the waitresses wear colorful traditional Mexican dresses.
The prices are very affordable ranging anywhere from $10-15 a plate filled with delicious Mexican meals that have been passed on from generations. To emphasize their traditional taste, Nuevo Leon is a cash only restaurant focuses on pleasing their customers. The restaurant has many regular customers that enjoyed their hand made tortillas and meals that truly remind customers of their homeland. I tasted their tacos with handmade tortillas, and it was delicious! The quality of food was well worth the price.
Contributed by Cindy Acosta