El Nuevo Rodeo on Lake Street is a scrappy little survivor. Over their years in operation, the restaurant has faced liquor license disputes and re-zoning battles with the City, but they’ve always managed to stay open and keep serving the neighborhood. They’re known for hot salsa dance nights and hosting lots of Latin musical acts, but the food is a major draw as well. At lunch, El Nuevo has a handful of hearty pick-and-mix combos with mini tortas, cactus salads, pozole, and mini burritos. But dinner offers an impressive array of seafood dishes (ceviche, whole fried tilapia with chile de arbol, fish tacos, grilled octopus with chorizo) and Yucatan specialties like slow-roasted pork in a banana leaf, served with plantains. For the traditionalists, there are tamales, chiles rellenos, and sopes -- but be sure to order anything that they smother in their mole sauce. It’s rich, spicy, has amazing depth, and goes well with the many, many tequilas El Nuevo stocks.
Full Bar, Late Night, Lunch, Reservations Accepted, Reservations Not Necessary, Takeout