Our Story

story1story2You might remember the old bowling alley located at Wrightwood and Clark where El Nuevo Mexicano first opened its doors. Teresa and Elfego Rodriquez created something special then - using only fresh ingredients, they developed a menu rich authentic, traditional Mexican Fare.

This family-owned restaurant has continued to serve home-style Mexican food in it's cozy dining room, at 2914 N. Clark St. in Chicago, since 1983 - earning it the reputation of a neighborhood tradition. Guests are delighted by the friendly staff, talented chefs, elegant touches and delicious menu choices.

Founder Elfego Rodriguez was proud to create what has been called a hidden Chicago treasure and has passed the restaurant on to his niece, Maria Rodriguez. Now, with inspiration from her frequent trips to Puerto Vallarta, and her love of cooking and entertaining, Maria has given the restaurant a new look and has added fresh fish and heart-healthy options to the already extensive menu.

El Nuevo Mexicano is currently celebrating it's 25th year! Join us soon for some of the best mole in the city, one of our menu favorites, or to try something new from our Especiales menu.

You will love the new interior and festive patio and bar.