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“I had more fun at Señor Frog’s than at almost any other restaurant that has opened in the last few years.”
These words from the famously critical pen of New York Times award-winning restaurant critic Pete Wells, are not facetious or satirical in any form. In his latest weekly restaurant review, usually relegated to the latest hot spot opened by the Danny Meyers and Mario Carbones of the New York restaurant scene, he enthusiastically reviews the Times Square location of Señor Frog’s, the Mexican chain restaurant known for its bawdy and kitschy atmosphere.
Although Wells eventually gives the restaurant a modest score of “Fair” in his scoring system, he obviously had a grand-old time eating at and writing about the brightly-colored restaurant chain with the tagline, “have fun, let yourself go and unleash your fiesta.”
“I was having my second Frogasm of the night when dinner got weird,” Wells begins his review. “Not that this or any other night at Señor Frog’s in Times Square was ever fully conventional. In point of fact, I had already danced in a conga line wearing a three-foot-high crown of yellow and orange balloons that made me look like Simba in a production of The Lion King staged by balloon animals.”
Wells then goes on to describe a birthday celebration at the restaurant where employees set the birthday boy’s balloon hat on fire, he questions why his place of employment entrusts him with an expense account, and then eventually got to actually rating the food: “Señor Frog’s is not a good restaurant by most conventional measures, including the fairly basic one of serving food. One night I got just two of the half-dozen appetizers I had asked for.” The ribs “meet chain restaurant standards” and the Reuben, he declares, is “good, for some reason.”