Located in the busy Elm Grove Shopping Center on North Lindbergh Boulevard, Pueblo Nuevo is a Mexican eatery that has been in the Hazelwood area for years. With a varied menu and prices that won't break the bank, Pueblo Nuevo offers an authentic taste of Mexico.
Hazelwood Patch took a look at the restaurant's reviews on sites such as Yelp and Urban Spoon, and found most customers of Pueblo Nuevo in Hazelwood either loved the Mexican restuarant, or loved to hate it.
Since opening more than two decades ago, the original restaurant, located at 7401 N. Lindbergh Blvd., has taken over the adjacent two spaces, tripling its size. That's from a review by St. Louis Magazine
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And the food? It’s still so good that it pleases both the intrepid eater and the one whose anxiety level rises when venturing beyond Del Taco. That may be a reason for the many multigenerational groups of patrons.
Most customers seemed to love it.
"Pueblo Nuevo, for a St. Louis Mexican restaurant, is to me second only to some of the taqueiras on Cherokee Street," said Heather H., of Florissant, on Yelp. "It's definitely the best Mexican restaurant in the NoCo. I am in love with their salsa, but you do have to like it spicy. To me it's so much better than the mild watered-down salsa most Mexican restaurants serve around here."
Others agreed, saying the salsa was hot enough to alter their voice even.
"I did not know the red bottle was super hot and the other was mild," said Ballwin resident Paul K. on Yelp. "I can only tell you the red bottle knocked me out. It was so hot it changed my voice. I know to Stephanie S it was just mild to her. LOL!"
"The deep red salsa was awesome - HOT, but so tasty I couldn't stop eating it," said Tom J. "It's been a while since I left a restaurant with my tongue in so much pain - you might want to ask for a glass of water along with your drink."
Still, others had less than stellar experiences at Pueblo Nuevo.
"I really don't know what all the fuss is about," said Jean P., of Ballwin. "I work nearby, and a lot of people RAVE about Pueblo Nuevo like it's the best thing that's ever happened to Mexican food. Other reviewers call the food at PN real authentic Mexican. If authentic Mexican is dry and bland, then sign me up for Americanized Mexican only, please."
"Yuck! After hearing good things about Pueblo Nuevo, my husband and I decided to give it a try this past Saturday," said Erica C., of Imperial. "To say it left me unimpressed, would be an understatement. I'm not sure what sort of food those who love this place are being served, but it can't be the same food I was served. Why? Well ... it was mediocre at best."
And not everybody enjoyed the salsa.
"The salsa was fairly runny which is what you probably expected me to say with the comment about them being in squirt bottles," said Mel A. "Overall, the salsa was okay if you mix a couple of squirts of the very spicy one with the very mild one."