Chambana Eateries

Hey guys,

So after finishing all your finals, and papers, and projects, it’d be fair to say that anyone would be pretty keen on just going home and turning their brains off for the next few weeks. Well before you do that or leave the Champaign-Urbana area, I would advise you to take part in some of the local restaurants, in celebration. In my three and half years here, I have enjoyed many of Chambana’s diverse food establishments off campus, and I see them as great ways to get away from the normal college diets we stick to, and have a fun time doing so. Here are a few of my favorites!

1. Dos Reales Mexican Restaurant – If you’re in the mood for very good authentic Mexican cuisine, look no further. This award winning restaurant will have you thinking that you’ve driven through Champaign, yet ended up in Cancun! It is definitely several steps up from any of the Mexican restaurants on campus. It is located on North Prospect Avenue.

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2. Seven Saints – Though a bit on the pricier side, if you’re looking for quality sliders, this is what you are looking for. Located right in the middle of Downtown Champaign on East Chester Street, it has an electric that is so different than what most students will get to experience on campus.

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3. Black Dog – By far my favorite restaurant on this list, and one of my favorite eateries overall. This hometown BBQ leaves nothing but a good word on everyone’s tongues, with its wide assortment of BBQ essentials. And now that they’ve opened a second location, you can enjoy their delicious food without waiting in the lines I had to haha! Located on North Chestnut Street for the Champaign location and North Broadway Avenue for the original Urbana location.

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Well I hope I left you guys with watering mouths, and a little extra motivation to get through your finals, and go out and celebrate! Once again, good luck!

Until next time,

Kenny

Kenny

Kenny

Class of 2016
I’m in the Creative Writing program in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. I’m originally from Tampa, Florida, but I’ve been calling Illinois my home since 1998. I’ve lived all over the Northwest suburbs, from Palatine to Lakemoor to where I currently live back home, Mundelein.