Francisco “Frank” Salinas was a Lake Highlands dad who saw a need he knew he could fill. He knew all too well what it was like to try to squeeze a healthy, but quick, meal in between work, school and all of those extra-curricular activities.
“The convenience factor is a big thing,” Salinas says. “When you have kids, you get tired of fast food, but then you go to restaurants, and you find you’re paying too much. We’re shooting to be there in the middle — better than fast food but at price points that aren’t going to break you.”
This summer he opened Frank’s Taco Grill, a new eatery on Upper Greenville that is aimed at families who are short on time and not looking to break the bank. With tacos under $5 a piece,
served in a wide variety of styles, they seem to be hitting the mark. A rolled chicken taco, made with freshly prepared shredded chicken that’s deep fried in a tortilla and slathered with avocado cream sauce, will only set you back $1.25. At the top price point on the menu, you’ll find an herb-garlic shrimp taco served with lime cabbage and salsa for $3.99.
“We’re focusing a great deal on working people,” Salinas says.
Salinas has worked in restaurants before, but this is the first one he’s owned. He’s making it a family affair. Stop by and you’re likely to see his wife, Claudia, behind the counter and at least one of his three children working as well.
The restaurant also offers breakfast daily and catering for larger parties. In a rush? You can skip the line by calling in your order. And all items are made to order, so if you want to leave off the cabbage or add cheese, all you have to do is ask.
Ambiance: Family friendly
Price Range: $1.25-$4 (per taco)
Hours: Monday-Saturday, 7 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sunday, 7 a.m.-8 p.m.
Did you know: Tacos can be ordered four different ways: classic, rolled, wrapped or in a bowl.