New Rebozo | Oak Park/River Forest | Mexican/Southwestern | Restaurant

New Rebozo

Hours: Dinner: Monday-Saturday

Price: $$

"New" incarnation of Dudley Nieto's legendary El Rebozo.

Restaurant Details

Local legend Dudley Nieto (Adobo Grill, Xel-Ha) opened El Rebozo in the late 80s, and it soon became a hot zone for traditional and nuevo Mexicano chow, even inspiring Bruce Kraig’s book and PBS series, Hidden Cuisines of Mexico. Under new management, the "new" Rebozo just ain’t the same, though it may be Oak Park’s best Mexican restaurant (kind of a world’s tallest midget thing). Chile-flecked tomalitos are tasty, but the tortilla soup--a flavorful broth accompanied by a marvelous roasted pasilla--was ludicrously overloaded with cheese, crema, and avocado. Enchiladas with six moles (poblano, negro, peanut, verde, macadamia, and cashew) were surprisingly one-dimensional and contained enough sodium to embarrass Lot’s Wife; fish tacos were slopped with flavor-free mango salsa, a shotgun marriage between ingredients that never really got to know one another. Carne asada was edible, but far from stellar, and like other entrees was in the $20 range, which reflects preposterous overreaching. Enchiladas and tacos are constructed of store-bought tortillas, which have no place in any place that aspires to be anything above a second-tier taco stand. Owner Paco is a warmly gregarious host to many locals, who seem to find his compulsive cries of "Omigod" endearing.

David Hammond

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Price: $$

Payment Type: American Express, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa

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