The view of Fiesta Cancun


Craving Mexican Cuisine that fits well-within a college student’s budget? Look no further! Upon searching and trying several different restaurants in the tri-state area of Iowa, I found that Fiesta Cancun was a cost-effective and delicious restaurant that fit the bill.

Located at 2515-1 N.W. Arterial in Dubuque, IA, Fiesta Cancun is a smaller restaurant chain that is connected with Las Palmas, a chain located in Illinois. The Dubuque location is locally owned and operated by “Alfredo Luna and Vincente Cazares who both grew up in Guanajuato, MX” (Fiesta Cancun Website). The restaurant is festively decorated and adorned with flags, souvenirs from Mexico, and different posters for foods and drinks. Within the very bright, lively, and inviting atmosphere, music of all different genres can be heard, appealing to a wide variety of customers. Upon entering this venue, I was greeted by a kind wait staff and passionate restaurant owners that value their job and customers. This Mexican restaurant was filled to the brim with people from the Dubuque area.

There are 3 or 4 different menus in total that hold a variety of different foods, creating a welcoming environment for everyone. There is an exotic drink menu for Duhawks that are over 21, a dessert menu filled with lots of mouth-watering selections, and an astonishing variety of appetizers. When dining at this restaurant, the table I was at ordered 3 different appetizers that were called “fiesta platters”. Nearly 5 minutes after placing our order, the food came fresh out of the oven. The minute I had the chance to take a bite of their appetizer quesadillas, I knew this restraint had to be put in the rotation of places I dine at often. In a similar fashion to how the appetizers and my friends’ drinks arrived, the wait staff kindly brought out our scrumptious meals. On top of great drinks, appetizers, main courses, and dessert, there were also complimentary bowls of house-cut chips with house-made medium and mild salsa (with spicy upon request).

While this restaurant does not serve the most authentic Mexican Cuisine, it is fairly satisfactory for its price range. Fiesta Cancun’s location is easily accessible for those in Dubuque, or from different ranges of the tristate area. For those of you who do not have a huge amount of money to spend on eating out, Fiesta Cancun is a great place to scope out and dine at.

Bring your fellow Duhawks and ask what their favorite restaurant are for more dining options!

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Celia is a staff writer for The Lorian.

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