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Cielito Lindo Mexican Restaurant, East Side

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Cielito Lindo Mexican Restaurant, East Side

Paul Mollica | Feb 21, 2004 05:15 PM

This new restaurant features cuisine from Monterrey. The owner (who also works for the park district) said he wanted to bring this cuisine to the East Side.

I had the machacado con huevos, a traditional dish prepared with dry beef and eggs (very good), and my spouse had pollo en mole (a tad sweet, but also pretty good). The flour tortillas are made in-house. Lard was in evidence in the eggs and refried beans.

A good sign: fresh sauce (in squirt bottles) for the kitchen-made corn chips (a spicy one that tasted of avocado, and a milder mayo-based one that was flavored with roasted peppers).

We were also treated to an off-menu side of albondigas, beef meatballs with rice and bacon served in a broth and topped with a corn tortilla. Even my 7-year old liked this.

The family running the place treated us very well. You'll recognize the spot a block away: it's painted bright orange outside (violet inside).

Cielito Lindo Mexican Restaurant
9648 S. Ewing Ave.
Chicago, IL 60617
773-933-6880
Sun-Thur 8am to 11pm
Fri-Sat 8am to 3am

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