It is always great when a restaurant review almost writes itself. What I mean is, as a writer, I don’t have to rack my brain to compose it because the words come flooding into my head like authentic Mexican food flavors in my mouth. That’s what happened the first day I had lunch at El Nuevo Mexico on Anderson Lane. Actually, being a once-a-week regular, this happens on most visits.
The restaurant first opened in Bastrop in 1997. Their Anderson Lane location opened in 2008. I have been eating at El Nuevo Mexico for a decade now. The owners’ parents came to Austin 30 years ago from a little town in Mexico. All the dishes are crafted from family recipes, going generations back is it typically happens with authentic food. Besides good cuisine, the restaurant offers exceptional service. This is one of those places where guests are treated like family. The owners’ philosophy is to bring quality food at great prices to all.
When it comes to recommending a dish to Austinites who suffer from allergies, there is no better option than the tortilla soup. It is the only thing that makes me feel better during allergy season. The hot broth with shredded chicken and vegetables always does the trick. It is topped with white cheese and traditional tortilla strips. I always leave off the strips in hopes of getting more delicious broth. Yet, I still manage to eat some of the hot chips and spicy salsa. I recommend throwing a few teaspoons in the soup for an added sinus benefit. No nasal spray needed here after a bowl of this remedy. There really is something in the soup that makes it a therapeutic dish for those in town suffering from allergies.
Lunch or dinner at El Nuevo Mexico would not be complete without a yummy flan dessert. The flan is creamy and the perfect ending to a meal. It is topped with a caramel sauce and whipped topping and a cherry. I dare you to get your own. It is a dessert you will struggle to share.
The restaurant’s environment is vibrant and enjoyable. Its decor has plenty of Latin flair with its multi-colored yellow walls and blue trim. However, this place is about to be renovated and made larger with a more extensive eating area and a big bar. If you are like me you will find yourself looking forward to your next meal there and to their new changes this year.
One of the things I can always count on is their variety of dishes and the beautiful Spanish-language music that is played time and time again. The music whisks you away to Mexico City in your mind. If you can’t take a vacation to Latin America this Spring Break, you can at least take a drive over to this wonderful restaurant and enjoy all the flavors and colors it has to offer.
The restaurant opens at 8 a.m. every day and closes at 9 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 10 p.m. Friday-Saturday, and 8 p.m. Sunday. A full bar happy hour is available daily from 3 – 7 p.m.
For a full menu and more information, please visit elnuevorestaurant.com.