Powered by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

 

Posted: 4:51 p.m. Monday, April 28, 2014

First Look: Cabana Grill, Snellville



Related

First Look: Cabana Grill, Snellville photo
Taco offerings at Cabana Grill in Snellville. CONTRIBUTED BY CABANA GRILL

By Bob Townsend

For the AJC

On April 14, Fiesta Restaurant Group, which owns, operates and franchises Pollo Tropical and Taco Cabana, debuted its newest concept, Cabana Grill, in Snellville. The fast-casual restaurant with limited table service touts affordable Mexican food made from scratch with fresh ingredients.

The look: Located in the Lowe’s shopping center on Scenic Highway, the contemporary free-standing building features an open kitchen appointed with a flame grill and tortilla-making station. Look for a salsa bar in the main dining room and additional seating on covered and outdoor patios.

The scene: Well after lunch on a recent Friday afternoon, the line to the counter stretched to the front door, and the dining room and patios were crowded, as guests tripped between tables and the salsa bar, and busy servers fetched and delivered orders. “It’s been this way every time I’ve been here,” one woman at the back of the line remarked, “and I’ve been here four times so far.”

The food: From chips and dips ($1.99-$2.49) and nachos ($4.79-$7.29) to tacos ($2.49-$2.79) and burritos ($5.49-$6.49), the menu is a familiar mix of Tex-Mex favorites. Most offerings are available with a choice of four different fillings — steak or chicken fajitas, pork carnitas or shrimp tampico. Steak “street tacos” ($4.99) are served three to an order on soft corn tortillas with cilantro, onions and lime wedges. Among the few meatless menu items are cheese quesadillas and a black bean taco.

The drinks: Beyond fountain drinks and iced tea ($1.79/$1.99), there’s a small selection of bottled domestic beer ($3), such as Budweiser, and Mexican imports ($3.75), such as Dos Equis XX Amber and Corona Light. Margaritas are served in small ($4) or large ($5) sizes or by the pitcher ($14.99). But the daily special 10-ounce margarita is $1.50 from 4-7 p.m. every day.

The extras: Drive-through service is available 11 a.m.-11 p.m. every day. “Fiesta Meals To Go” ($12.99-$24.99) feed two or four with a choice of meat, rice and beans, tortillas and toppings.


DINING OUT

11 a.m.-11 p.m. Sundays-Saturdays.

Chips, $1.99-$2.49; nachos and quesadillas, $4.29-$7.49; tacos, street tacos and tostadas, $2.49-$4.99; burritos and bowls, $5.49-$6.49; meals to go, $12.99-$24.99; sides, $1.09-$3.59.

1635 Scenic Highway, Snellville. 770-736-1129, facebook.com/thecabanagrill.

More News

 
 

Today on MyAJC.com

UGA student profits off shirt with Gurley's name on it

How to make a profit off an NCAA athlete’s name

Late Monday afternoon, University of Georgia student Peyton Bennett drove to a post office in Athens.

Comments  (1)  

Classic car in Cuba

Photos: Check out Cuba's classic cars

Relics kept running with fabricated parts are a draw for tourists.

Is this World Series a sign that Small Ball is back?

Is this World Series a sign that Small Ball is back?

If you hated the the 2014 Braves, you might love the 2014 World Series. The Braves drove us to distraction and brought “termination” to Frank Wren, the general manager who built them, by swinging big, missing big and spitting the bit in September.

Subscribe to the AJC on your device

24-hour Digital Pass: Flashback

See Flashback Fotos on myajc.com for only 99 cents. Visit the MyAJC archives for a historic look at Atlanta from Midtown in the 70s to Auburn Avenue and even life here before traffic jams on the interstates.

In your community

Annual Woofstock event in Suwanee

Volunteering in Atlanta

Learn how to volunteer in Atlanta and north Georgia, browse volunteer events and search local groups who need volunteers in the arts, community, food programs, housing, animal rescue and more.