Shop Small Day 176: Nuevo Leon

It’s July 2nd and I should be writing about great little al fresco dining spots. But, it’s 63° and there’s no way I’m eating outside! So, we’ll heat things up with my favorite Mexican restaurant in the city, Nuevo Leon.

imageDon’t think that just because it’s off the beaten path that it won’t be crowded! This place is well known by locals & there’s usually a line. Don’t worry, the restaurant is larger than it looks & the line moves fairly quickly.

Good thing because they don’t take reservations. Or credit cards!

It doesn’t seem to hurt their business though, because they’ve been in around since 1962.

imageOver 50 years ago, Emeterio & Maria Gutierrez opened a small taco stand with their four sons. Obviously it did quite well. Unfortunately, Emeterio & Maria have since passed away, but their sons have been carrying on the family business for years.

Once you’re finally seated, you’ll be treated to pickled carrots & veggies (a little spicy) and chips. But that’s just the beginning.

The menu is packed with incredible fresh dishes and homemade tortillas. Enchiladas are killer, of course, though, fajitas are my favorites.

In the mood for breakfast? That’s ok, they open at 7:30am! You can get your fill of huevos rancheros or chilaquiles.

Their horchata is probably the best I’ve ever had. But, you can always bring your own beverage if you’d like a beer or tequila since it’s BYOB.

For as busy as they are, the servers are always friendly & patient when my kids try to test their limited Spanish skills.

What is one of your favorite BYOB spots?

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Nuevo Leon
3657 W. 26th St.
Chicago, IL

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