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
Sun-Thur 8am to 11pm
Fri-Sat 8am to 3am