Tacos, margaritas, and quesadillas! Let's talk Mexican – cantina-style.
Welcome to the Cheap Eats column, where we act as your designated taste-testers for the 757 and tell you where the best restaurants are for both your tongue and your wallet.
Down in Portsmouth on the famous High Street, there is a restaurant called 619 Cantina. 619 is a Mexican food restaurant that specializes in the southwestern- and California- style. It is where to go for all taco, burrito, and trivia needs.
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The Cantina is family-friendly and offers fun theme nights on different nights of the week: trivia nights on Thursdays, regular $1 taco nights, and Military Mondays. On Military Mondays, 619 provides a discount for all shipyard employees, military personnel, and first responders from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. You can find them on Facebook to see the deals and trivia night times here.
619 Cantina branched out to Chesapeake about a year ago but recently had to close down and focus on their Portsmouth location. When asked, a citizen of Chesapeake said,
"I met the owner through my gym, so when they came to Great Bridge, my husband and I had to go and try it. I love the quesadillas, they make the best ones around! I've taken a lot of my friends there, I tell them the best Southwest Mexican food is at 619, most of the time they've never heard about it. Once they try it, they love it as much as I do! I will definitely miss them being so close to home, but they are worth the drive to get my quesadilla and margarita!"
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After all of this hype, the hubby and I booked it to P-Town and we tried it out. We both built our own tacos, and we were so hungry that we both got three tacos each. Unfortunately, we didn't go on dollar taco night, but it was still inexpensive. I ate these tacos so fast I didn't have time to get a picture before they were already gone. The service was amazing, and the ambiance was friendly and relaxing. We will definitely be going back for more tacos soon.
So now you're thinking, "Give us the skinny, and we don't mean a skinny wallet." Ok, ok, here's the juicy gossip. For two people at three tacos each, we walked out of there for roughly $20 (excluding the tip). Now, in our opinion, that's not bad in this day and age. We will definitely be going back; why don't you join us?
What other restaurants in the 757 please your tummy and your wallet? Have you been a patron of 619 Cantina? Did you like it as much as we did? Let us know in the comments.