Lakeview East Dining Guide - Page 11

EL NUEVO MEXICANO 2914 N. CLARK 773.528.2131 El Nuevo Mexicano Restaurant has been serving authentic Mexican food in the Lakeview East community since 1983. Offering a wide variety of dishes from Carne Asada to Pollo Molcaje to Salmon Chipotle con Duraznos and Camarones de Coco, the menu is sure to please every palate. Elfego & Tere Rodriguez passed the apron strings to their niece Maria Rodriguez who has expanded three times, updated the interior as well as the menu and has branched out into the vegetarian and vegan cuisine. Open 7 days a week for lunch and dinner, El Nuevo Mexicano has a private party room, spacious outdoor back patio and a full service bar. New this year, is an outdoor curbside cafe that allows guests to dine out on the street in front of the restaurant. Owner: Maria Rodriguez Celebrated fashion designer in Chicago and later videographer/ editor to the local dance companies, Maria undertook her Uncle Elfego’s restaurant without any restaurant experience. She has said “It’s like running any company - you must have great, talented employees, a good work flow, and a fantastic product.” She took what was a sleepy restaurant into a vibrant hot spot and expanded three times in the more than 10 years she has taken ownership. Check, Please! featured El Nuevo Mexicano on their show. Maria travels the world, but frequents Puerto Vallarta and works with local cooks to gather new ideas and recipes.