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Jan 4, 2007 12:26 AM

Lunch on Friday? Frontera Closed!

Suggestions for substitutes for a visitor?


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  1. What are you looking for? Specifically Mexican? Or just something memorable? Any other types of food/experience you prefer?

    Where will you be coming from?

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    1. re: nsxtasy

      Yeah, Mexican, coming from Boston where there ain't any (just bad tex-mex burritos).

      I've just checked out the website for Blackbird - what do you think? (In the 'something memorable category)

      1. re: eat4me

        Salpicon is another good high-end Mexican if Frontera really is closed.

    2. Blackbird is very good, and can even be memorable. Good choice.

      Why is Frontera closed on Friday? Is Topolobampo closed too?

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      1. re: nsxtasy

        From the web site both are open on Friday it is Sunday and Monday when they are closed

        1. re: weinstein5

          I assumed from the original post that it's closed this particular Friday (tomorrow) only. But I could be wrong...?

          1. re: nsxtasy

            Huh, I tried to make reservation via opentable and it said they were closed - I also tried calling a few weeks back and they said on the phone they were closed on Friday - hm

            1. re: eat4me

              I thought you couldn't make reservations for Frontera unless it ws s for a larger party. Maybe that's the issue. But if it is closed, I like Salpicon. EDIT: Salpicon is not opened for lunch. Sorry!

      2. You can't make reservations at Frontera unless it's for 6 or 7 people. Call to make sure if they are open or not. I am CERTAIN I have been there for lunch on a Friday.

        1. I think that maybe the restaurant closes for a week or two around the holidays and Rick takes the staff on a working vacation to Mexico or something. Sounds great to me!

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          1. re: Beverator

            Beverator is the winner. This is vacation week, straight from the horse's mouth (or in this case, the chef's website,

            "Annual Vacation time for Frontera Grill & Topolobampo – We will be closed January 1st through January 8th...we will reopen Tuesday, January us after 8:30am to make your reservations."

            Lo siento mucho, OP! :o(