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More than just tacos

Big Beaver Road in Troy has exploded with new restaurants over the past few years – most of these eateries are chains. Newcomer Fronteras Tacos and Tequila is not a chain but an independent restaurant owned and operated by Gustavo Torres, who is a third-generation restauranteur. Torres points out that although Mexican fare is their specialty, this is not your average run-of-the-mill Mexican restaurant. The eclectic menu embraces selections from Mexico as well as Venezuela, Cuba, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Colombia and Peru. Here, diners can enjoy authentic Latin American plates such as the Cuban Vaca Frita – thin strips of brisket marinated in a citrus juice and garlic then seared with onions or the Puerto Rican Mofongo, which is presented with fried plantains mashed with garlic and chicharron, topped with shrimp and creamy cheese sauce. The spacious interior of Fronteras accommodates seating for 208, including 21 seats at the U-shaped bar. A full bar menu offers wine, mixed drinks and 15 beer taps including popular Mexican brands, Pacifico, Corona, Modelo and Dos Equis. And good news – happy hour is held every day of the week from 3-7 p.m. Specials feature $1.50 house margaritas and $1 off draft and domestic beers. Several appetizers are also offered at half-off. 591 W. Big Beaver Road, Troy


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