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Nuevo León

Photograph: Heather Shouse
Nuevo Leon

Since 1962, the Gutierrez family has been running this mecca of Mexican food, starting every dinner in the bright, whimsically decorated space with an unexpected amuse-bouche. Taste, but don’t fill up—there’s a lot more where that came from, like roasted chicken pieces covered in a thick, dark, intense mole, and tacos de chorizo (housemade chorizo scrambled into an egg and wrapped in one of the famous housemade tortillas). The waitresses hustling back and forth between two smoke-free rooms are cheerfully brisk but will bring anything you ask for. Except alcohol—you’ve gotta bring the mezcal yourself.

Venue name: Nuevo León
Address: 1515 W 18th St

Cross street: between Laflin St and Ashland Ave
Opening hours: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Transport: El stop: Pink to 18th. Bus: 9, 18, 60.
Price: Average main course: $10
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