Review: Hoover’s Frontera Grill was awful

Note: I’ve decided to do a public service and share my thoughts on important things outside football—things like what restaurants to avoid. I know I appreciate getting a warning about what is bad, or hearing what is good. So, here is my impression of a place to avoid.

Frontera Grill Grove Blvd in Hoover

How can a Mexican restaurant be worse than Taco Bell?

I don’t know. I don’t want to know. But Frontera Grill was horrible. It was worse than Taco Bell. It was worse for a number of reasons, and not just because it suffered poorly in comparison to the place we ate the night before—Cocina Superior was amazing—but Frontera’s food was awful.

The food was bland; it made my date a little sick to her stomach before we left the table. I’m glad I didn’t get the Burrito Supreme with fajita chicken. I had beef instead. The food wasn’t hot and it wasn’t cold. It was lukewarm. The food looked appealing on the plate, but was unrewarding to the mouth. From the first bite, I knew something was wrong.

My date summed the food up in one word, “Nasty.” This was different from my experiences with other Frontera locations; the Trussville location was good on my last trip there (it has been awhile) and there was a location in Oxford that I visited years ago that was also very good. This made the Hoover restaurant seem like a safe choice. It wasn’t.

The service was good. The chips and salsa were supplied quickly and our drinks were refilled with speed. The salsa was adequate, and the cheese dip was decent. The chips were standard—and probably the best part of the dining experience.

The décor was interesting. Trippy lights adorned the ceiling of the restaurant creating star-like points of light running almost the width of the dining area. It added nothing to the experience, but perhaps distracting and disorienting one from the taste on the plate; the food was just bad. I guess it needed any help it could get. Unfortunately, the lights didn’t really help.

14 Responses to “Review: Hoover’s Frontera Grill was awful” Subscribe

  1. ATLANTAROLL November 3, 2010 at 11:04 am #


  2. capstonereport November 3, 2010 at 11:09 am #

    I love Cocina Superior. We eat at it often enough that one of the managers commented we need a frequent guest card. In fact we were there two days already this week. I’ll have to post a review of it soon.

    I was just irritated by Frontera. I bragged on it because I remember a reasonably priced and tasty meal from my earlier experience. Not so much this time.

  3. jimmyo November 3, 2010 at 6:41 pm #

    What is this so called “date” you speak of?

  4. ITK November 3, 2010 at 8:21 pm #

    I’m hitting Cocina Superior in the next two weeks; the place is always lit up like a kiddie park when I drive by. Next time I’ll stop in.

  5. capstonereport November 3, 2010 at 9:12 pm #

    The “date” is the reason I post less frequently. 😉

  6. Paigey74 November 3, 2010 at 10:00 pm #

    Yes, who is this “date”??? Is she hot?? Did she make the hot girls category??

  7. capstonereport November 3, 2010 at 10:35 pm #

    That is not a bad idea. I should post some hot pictures of her in the hot girl category.

  8. finebammer November 4, 2010 at 9:17 am #

    i never eat mexican at a restaurant with a drive-thru.

    mexican food should ALWAYS be served searing hot.

    the wife and i love the superior grill on 280.

  9. capstonereport November 4, 2010 at 9:29 am #

    Superior is great. We eat there all the time too. I think we average 3 Mexican restaurant visits per week.

  10. Crimsonite November 4, 2010 at 10:15 am #

    Yeah, that always works out real well – posting pictures of your girlfriend on the internet. Some damn Barner would just do a Photoshop and put her head on a nude body taking it in the arse from Camilla.

  11. capstonereport November 4, 2010 at 11:02 am #

    Well, I could never post them. She would kill me. Twice.

  12. Crimsonite November 4, 2010 at 11:17 am #


  13. Alex Hamilton November 4, 2010 at 10:20 pm #

    Silly Crimsonite, that Photoshop would never happen or be believable.

    Everyone knows that Cammy Cam is a $250k fairy. And everyone knows that fairies catch, they don’t pitch. So no one would ever believe that Cammy Cam would do a woman in the arse, it’s not fairy-like.

  14. DAMAGE INC. November 5, 2010 at 2:19 am #

    Is this the joint on 31 next to the car dealership? The one with color icicle lights all on the low ceiling?

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