Wednesday, February 9, 2011

F.R.O.G.S.: The Cheers of Cantinas

Yonnathan & Ruby, Beth (center)
Yonnathan & Ruby, Beth (center)
I thought F.R.O.G.S. was a swanky French restaurant the first time I heard the name (thinking of frog legs), but as it turns out, it's a fantastically friendly TexMex restaurant and cantina. Who knew?!

After five different tours this past weekend, on Monday I was in the mood to go out for a relaxing lunch.

I convinced a friend to go with me and when I proposed "pizza or TexMex?"…without hesitation he said, "TexMex!"

He suggested F.R.O.G.S., which worked out perfectly…it was only a few blocks from where we were and I'd been hearing about it and have been wanting to go there anyway. Also, F.R.O.G.S. sponsored the bowling shirts for a team I play with on Tuesday nights, so I was already intrigued by their logo and brand.

Just as stated in a review I'd read, we were greeted enthusiastically by the staff and invited to sit wherever we wanted. We chose a table in the cantina side next to the ceiling-height windows.

A Frog at F.R.O.G.S.
A Frog at F.R.O.G.S.
Our server, Beth, who I would decide before we left, is the guru of all that is good about restaurant service. She's friendly, attentive, detailed, and did everything in her power to ensure we had an excellent dining experience…she is powerful indeed. And she's one of those people that when you meet, you just know you're going to be great friends.

We ordered margaritas…I had a regular one and my friend had a flavored one and our chips and queso arrived not long after our drinks did. While waiting on our food order from an extensive menu (a taco and the Buffalo Chicken Sandwich for me), which also wasn't very long at all but not rushed either, I noticed a sign hanging over the bar, not too far from the entrance.

It reads, "Hot beer, lousy food, bad service…Welcome…Have a nice day." I of course start thinking to myself, "We can't say they didn't warn us." I'm happy to announce that everything was absolutely delicious and no, they didn't promise me a free bowling shirt to say that.

Over the course of our meal, several people walked by the restaurant that we knew, we met several other members of the F.R.O.G.S. staff, and other diners came in that my friend knows, Yonnathan and Ruby. That's them in the photo at the top of this post with Beth behind the bar.

We were there on a Monday when they have $1 tacos and $1 beers, but that didn't start until 6:00 p.m. and we were there for a late lunch. They have other specials during the week and Trivia two nights a week...I had no idea it was such a fun place!

The Kermit Green Fireplace
The Kermit Green Fireplace
Just so you know, because it is a cantina, guest under 21 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

If you’re a ScoutMob subscriber, you can get 50% off through Wednesday, March 16, 2011…a great deal on already good prices.

So, I didn't get the story behind the frogs…and they're everywhere! Maybe it was a frog collection that got out of control and the only way to get them out of the house was to open a restaurant and name it F.R.O.G.S., or maybe they're somehow involved with the frog conservation project at the Atlanta Botanical Garden, or maybe, just maybe, it means nothing at all…which is what I was told when I asked.

The Return

Will I return to F.R.O.G.S. when I next have a craving for TexMex? You better believe it! I felt like I was a character of the television show Cheers, except that I wasn't in a dark, dank bar in Boston, I was in a bright, festive cantina in Atlanta.

Dining at F.R.O.G.S.

Date dined: Monday, February 7, 2011
Location: Midtown Promenade, 931 Monroe Drive (directions and map)
Parking: free parking
Hours: Monday-Thursday 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Friday-Saturday 11 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sunday 12:30 p.m.-9 p.m.

TexMex Decor and TVs
TexMex Decor and TVs

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