Are you looking for authentic Mexican food? Does a huge chorizo burrito washed down with a fresh strawberry milkshake sound like the perfect lunch? Do you want a plate of chilaquiles for breakfast? Or a bowl of steaming menudo on a rainy day?
El Nuevo Sol de Mexico is the place for you! This cozy, unpretentious, 36-seat restaurant offers some of the best Mexican food in the neighborhood. And the prices are just right. Owner Javier Rodriguez doubles as cook, with his lovely daughter, Mily (pronounced Millie) and his wife helping out. That’s Mily at the top of this page. Raquel is the charming dynamo who handles the dining room.
Enjoy a delicious breakfast of eggs with ham or chorizo for $7. Tacos are just $2, with a choice of a dozen delicious fillings. Large, filling burritos are a bargain at $6.50, with choices including carne asada (skirt steak) and lengua (beef tongue). Soups include caldo de res, menudo, and posole as well as shrimp soup and spicy seafood caldo 7 mares. There are daily specials as well.
Full dinners include rice, beans, and salad, and range from tortas to carne asada, at $13 the most expensive item on the menu. The meatballs in spicy sauce (albondigas en chile chipotle) are a rich and satisfying dinner. If you like seafood, you’ll have 13 dishes to choose from, including a shrimp cocktail that’s a lot like ceviche, and shrimp fajitas. This is the place for refreshing Mexican drinks like horchata and freshly-made banana or strawberry licuados.
An altar to Our Lady of Guadalupe, the patron saint of Mexico, dominates the area next to the take-out counter. Across from the kitchen is a large, pierced metal golden sun that resembles the face of an Olmec warrior. There’s a large old-fashioned jukebox in one corner, and two TVs so nobody misses a soccer game. All this plus karaoke on Friday and Saturday from 8 pm until 1 am (kitchen closes both nights at midnight).
The restaurant is open 7 days a week, from 9:30 a.m. until 11 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, and from 9:30 a.m. until Midnight on Friday and Saturday. Carry-out and delivery available (no delivery orders accepted after 10pm).
El Nuevo Sol de Mexico, 6418 North Western Avenue, 773/508-5393.