19th December 2015 1pm
Frontier lured me to their restaurant through the amazing photos of their food on Twitter. Situated just by Bruntsfield links, Frontier is a small, quirky restaurant serving American food. The menu was great, filled with things such as burgers, hot dogs, ribs, catfish and on weekends American pancakes. I already knew from the photos I was going to have a sundae for dessert so went for the vaguely lighter option of a hot dog over my usual choice of burger. I went for a Native New Yorker, which is quite a classic. My dining companion went for chargrilled baby back ribs.
Upon arrival of the food, we knew we were in for a hearty meal. The hotdog was big, topped with crispy onions, gherkins and drizzled in mustard. It was accompanied by rustic fries and coleslaw. I did wimp out and tackled the hotdog with a knife and fork. The dog was great and the crispy onions gave fantastic texture. I usually prefer string fries but these weren’t too bad as an alternative. The red coleslaw was crunchy and well balanced. Overall a good dish. On the other side of the table the baby back ribs were massive. A very generous portion indeed. These came with the same fries and coleslaw, corn on the cob, and some beans. My friend really enjoyed both the ribs and fries. The meat slid off the bone nicely and the glaze was tasty. She couldn’t manage the other sides too though sadly.
For dessert I opted for the funfair sundae. My friend couldn’t manage that and went for a Coke float instead. My sundae consisted of bubble gum, candy floss and salted popcorn ice cream. Inside that were bits of popcorn, jelly bean and marshmallows and the whole lot was topped with cream and raspberry sauce. This is great for those who are a big kid at heart, like me. Even the waiter said something similar. I loved every mouthful. It was quite a clever dessert as somehow it managed not to be sickly. Yum. The Coke float in the other side of the table was bringing back happy childhood memories.
We had a good time at Frontier. Service was a little slow but that was due to the restaurant being full and only one front of house staff, who was working very hard to keep things going. It was the last Saturday before Christmas after all. He did it all in good spirit which was great. I’d definitely go back. I need to try one of the burgers next.
Food – 8/10
Service – 7.5/10
Atmosphere – 8/10
Value – 9/10
Overall – 32.5/40
Cost £32 for 2 mains, 1 dessert, a Coke float and two diet cokes.