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Mexican diner inside a grocery store in Cicero.

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Most days around noon, Taqueria el Nuevo Mundo draws hungry Hispanic workers from all over Cicero. The humble breakfast-to-dinner diner, located inside a grocery store, serves up some very tasty hot grub. The guisados, or stews, are spectacular: you get hefty chunks of beef or pork with nopales (cactus leaves) and chile pods for not much more than a five spot. I usually go with the carnitas (crusty fried pork shreds in salsa verde), served with beans, salad, and rice plus a generous side of warm Guatemalan tortillas, slightly smaller than their Mexican cousins and perfect for sopping. The quesadillas and gorditas are built with freshly griddled masa tortillas. The menu is fairly large, with a good selection of tortas (e.g., al pastor, Milanesa), caldos (mole de olla, posole), and pupusas. To drink there are rice-based horchatas and fresh-squeezed carrot juice, both sweet enough to counter the heat of the food (fresh vegetable salsas at the table let you adjust the spice level to your tolerance). The people at the counter are friendly and willing to wait patiently while gringos like me cobble together enough Spanish to order (pointing also works).

David Hammond

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