I really did go on Saturday. Turned out to be a trick to get there as half the bridges across the river are closed in Joliet, but my bride and I made a night of it - dinner and a movie. And it is really less than 1/2 hour from the house on the south side of Naperville, if not for the detours.
The folks in the Restaurant are really sweet. Young women serving, older ladies in the open kitchen cooking. When we arrived the specials were all stews - Carne in Chile Pasilla, Menudo, Costilla de Puerco in Salsa Verde, and one other that I forget. So we ordered the Pork and beef. Pretty amazing watching the lady make our tortillas by hand one at a time. Hard to figure how that will work if they get real busy, but the tortillas were excellent.
As was the Carne en Pasilla sauce. Rich and spicy. Also like the chips and choice of salsas, red or green. Preferred the red salsa, in general, the green was, correctly, a but more vinegary, not as spicy.
Did not like the beans much, though, as they seemed to have gone way overboard with the lard. The whole thing looked milky, and both my wife and I had some mild reaction to them (nothing worse than mild indigestion, but I am pretty sure that was the source).
Midway through the meal, they completely changed the specials, replacing all the stews with tamales, Atole (is that the chocolate drink?) and some sort of sopes. So the daily specials may change more than once per day. Next time, I will ask for what I want and see if they have it - that is what I learned.
We are having a company picnic in the Joliet area in September, and I have suggested that we get the food from Amanecer. So I can report back on how they do with a big order then. Though my guess is this will end up being rather pedestrian fare, unless I can gently subvert.
Below is a link to another post on this place, with directions.
Lot of food, low prices, definitely homemade and mostly well done, and a wide open kitchen so you can see what they are up to.
Thanks for the tip, Mugs,