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“WAITED 3 HRS” 1 of 5 bubbles
Review of Frank's Bait & Taco

Frank's Bait & Taco
Ranked #36 of 62 Restaurants in Canyon Lake
Cuisines: Mexican
Dining options: Lunch, Seating
Restaurant details
Dining options: Lunch, Seating
Level Contributor
5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
“WAITED 3 HRS”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 21, 2012

The food I cannot even remember but all I remember was that we waited three hours for our food. we haven't gone back since (4 years). It was really trashy Looking inside and there was a bunch of stray cats in the backyard. It wasn't clean or put together.
I will not go back nor will my friends that I went with, it was horrible experience and do not come back.

Visited June 2012
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Date | Rating
  • English first
  • Any
English first
Dallas, Texas, United States
2 reviews
“High Prices, Low Quality”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 27, 2012

Our family visited Frank's Bait & Taco at the end of our one week stay in the area. I couldn't believe how different our experience was from the reviews so I had to write a review.

Atmosphere:
Frank's Bait is full of personality. The owner took a genuine interest in us and seemed to do the same with others who came through the door that night. Essentially the decor consists of thousands of gifts the family has received from restaurant- goers over the years, glued to the wall and hanging from the ceiling. Stuff was beginning to accumulate on the floor which shows how many gifts they receive from people because of their friendly service, but it also seemed like we might be sitting in the beginning stages of someone's hoarding addiction.

Service:
Our waiter was the only person working that night and seemed to be the owner. He was a very friendly person and offered lots of great local tourism advice. Had we not been on the tail end of our trip we would have tried out several of his suggestions.

While he was a nice man, the service was very slow. We waited about an hour for the food, which for tacos and enchiladas is way too long. We were promised that "we're slower than the rest, but better than the best." I can appreciate that because let's be honest it's all about the quality of the food.

Food:
Despite the issues with the decor and the service, I was patiently waiting for the food because of the reviews on tripadvisor. The owner promised that everything we were eating was authentic Mexican and he was so happy we could try it. As it turned out, very little was authentic or homemade.

For starters, we ordered chips and salsa (they don't offer unlimited chips and salsa like every other mexican restaurant I've been to in my life - the first small basket is free however). The waiter warned us that there was no salt on the chips or in the salsa. Basically that's him saying "this has no flavor." This pretty much set the scene for the rest of the evening. I order a chalupa plate with crispy taco (who makes crispy tacos in Mexico? I've never heard of that) with rice and beans. Unfortunately my food also had very little salt, leaving it very bland. The beans had an awful taste to them - almost a rancid burnt taste. There was basically nothing authentic about my food. Betty Crocky probably has much better recipes for what I ate. So I began to wonder if 1) the restaurant caters to mostly olderl snowbirds who either can't eat much salt or don't care enough to argue or 2) this place is simply a tourist trap, offering low quality food to people with few choices. Needless to say, the food was a huge let down.

Value:
My plate consisted of 1 chicken chalupa, 1 crispy taco with rice and refried beans. The price was over $11 after tax - a price I would gladly pay for excellent food - but not for what I received. On top of the high prices, there was no mention of not accepting credit cards so when I tried to pay with my card I was surprised when I was told it was all cash. Thankfully but embarrassingly someone else I our party could cover me until later.

Summary:
Pros - friendly and informative waiter, interesting if not overwhelming decor
Cons - flavorless food, slow service, expensive, not accepting credit cards

I will not be returning to Franks as there are much better options in the area. I was really hoping that I would find a hidden gem in Frank's Bait & Taco but it turns out that all I received was fool's gold.

  • Visited October 2012
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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New Braunfels, Texas
Level Contributor
34 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“Why have I passed this place so many times without stopping?”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 30, 2012 via mobile

The tourist season is almost over so the crowd was light. Franks is closed now Sunday-Tuesday. The humble outside only hides the world class adventure that awaits. This awesome two person operation prepares everything from scratch! The wait for food seemed short since we were welcomed and entertained by Eddie (owner) and our kiss wetter busy playing an insane game of eye spy with the oddities that cover every inch of the interior.
Salsa, lemonade, and enchiladas were all very good.
Overall we will be going back. Just wished i would have gone sooner.

    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Katy, Texas
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39 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Don't go here, unless...”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 9, 2012

Don't go here unless you really like home-made, authentic Mexican food. Don't go here if you expect a white, linen table cloth and napkin with sterling silver place settings. Don't go here if you are easily distracted by interesting mementos from all over the world on all the walls and ceiling too. Don't go here if you don't like to have a conversation with the owner himself who genuinely cares about your opinion of the food and surroundings. Above all, don't go here if you are in a hurry. This is NOT fast food. Everything is made from scratch including the chips and salsa and everything is simply outstanding. Finally, don't go here unless you have cash because they don't take plastic in any form. We will definitely go back.

  • Visited July 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Wow!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 24, 2012

What a place! This was by fMar the best Mexican food we have had. Mi Terra and Joe T Garcia need to do some market research. Eddie the owner was more than a host but our tour guide to his collection of anything displayable. He loves what he does and we tasted it!

    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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