Hello, and welcome to The College Cantina blog! I’m Carlo and I’m a student at Lewis University majoring in journalism.
As college students, we’re often left with minimal options when it comes to filling our appetites. Tuition, text books, gas and other expenses get in the way, often leaving us with 10 bucks in our pockets and a six-pack of Ramen noodles in our cupboards. Fret not, though, because my goal with The College Cantina blog is to find local, non, big chain restaurants in the Romeoville area that offer great deals fit for our budget. (The word “Cantina,” for those curious individuals, means wine cellar in Spanish, and is closely related to the Filipino word for cafeteria, “canteen”)
The first restaurant that I highly recommend (which happens to also have “Cantina” in its name) is Front Street Cantina in Plainfield. Located off the downtown main strip, Frontstreet Cantina is a small, Mexican themed restaurant that serves amazing, delicious authentic Mexican food. What I absolutely love about them is that their food isn’t greasy and that they’re very generous with their portions. Patrons are often served free, warm tortilla chips with a heaping amount of fresh, chunky salsa dip as an appetizer. Their lunch and dinner platters are always served with black beans and the tastiest Mexican rice I’ve tasted outside of the city.
Students with only a Hamilton in their wallet can get a lot out of Front Street Cantina’s Lunch Specials Menu, because everything’s under 10 bucks! Cheese lovers out there (and a personal favorite of mine) should try the chimichanga. The chimichanga is basically a filling, deep fried burrito with mozzarella and your choice of meat inside.
With a very decorative interior, and located right across from a park, I’d say that Front Street Cantina in Plainfield is worth the visit.
The Front Street Cantina
15120 South Des Plaines St
Plainfield, IL 60544