Many chains have come and gone from Texas and of these, Pollo Tropical, a Latin-Caribbean grilled chicken restaurant, was a tragedy. I first had Pollo Tropical in Florida around August 2014 with my family and hands down, it was some of the best "fast food" I've ever had, and much healthier at that. 5 star. S-tier. It turned out that Pollo Tropical was owned by Fiesta Restaurant Group Incorporated, which also owned Taco Cabana back in Texas (not nearly as good, or as special). Therefore, it should not have been a surprise that a few years after their spin off from Carrols Restaurant Group, Fiesta Restaurant Group would expand Pollo Tropical to Texas, in the four major Texas markets: Austin, San Antonio, Houston, and Dallas-Fort Worth. I'd felt that there was a detectable quality drop from Florida (this was noted in a few Yelp reviews) but this was not enough to make Pollo Tropical unenjoyable or not worth the price.

While Pollo Tropical grew to almost 40 locations in Texas, the stores were not doing well. By the end of 2016, a few stores had already closed, and in April 2017 most of the restaurants closed with the remaining six closing in September (two in Houston and four in San Antonio). Interestingly, Fiesta Restaurant Group spun off Taco Cabana in 2021, fulfilling a plan made five years prior to separate the two brands, and while Fiesta Restaurant Group remains in Dallas, it no longer has any restaurants in the state.

Similar to my page on CC's Coffee House, the locations listed are by approx. opening. They all closed in April 2017 (six closed at the end, some closed earlier) unless I can find otherwise, they'll be marked when I can confirm them. A * indicates that the store closed in 2016 (list). † indicates a store that is known to have been closed in September 2017. The article here indicates that the last two Houston locations were closed after Hurricane Harvey, the September announcement just made it official. Also, like the CC's Coffee House page they are written according to tax records and written in chronological order, they may be slightly off if there was a delay in opening one. Additional notes are written in superscript.

Finally, all of them were in new-build, stand-alone structures unless noted (the ones that re-occupied older restaurants were siginificantly remodeled). Almost all of these are still here (as of this writing, anyway—one notable exception is 211 S. Lamar Blvd.) and still serving as restaurants today.

I do have menus from early 2016 (the height of Pollo Tropical in Texas's time) here: front and back for your viewing pleasure.

2014 Openings
5290 Belt Line Road, Addison1
11400 W. Broadway Street, Pearland2
838 E. Bitters Road, San Antonio
6819 N. Loop 1604 West, San Antonio
21441 Tomball Parkway, Houston
9055 John Hickman Parkway, Frisco*
11440 Dallas Parkway, Frisco
2220 S. Loop 288, Denton*
2601 N. Tarrant Parkway, Fort Worth
102 Central Expy. South, Allen
6522 Westheimer Road, Houston

2015 Openings 6515 West Loop 1604 North, San Antonio
25635 U.S. 59, Kingwood
13347 Westheimer Road, Houston†
20518 US-281, San Antonio
7304 Denton Hwy., Watauga
1495 Precinct Line Road, Hurst
4650 State Highway 121, Lewisville
3170 Gulf Freeway South, League City*
4335 Thousand Oaks Drive, San Antonio
1016 Preston Road, Plano
4622 Greenville Avenue,Dallas*
400 North Highway 67, Cedar Hill

2016 Openings
106 West Campbell Road, Richardson
2640 E. Southlake Blvd., Southlake3*
1188 I-35, New Braunfels*
6007 West Avenue, Castle Hills
1309 East Pleasant Run Road, DeSoto
20471 Interstate 35, Kyle
6311 Garth Road, Baytown*
4732 Bryant Irvin Road, Fort Worth
17605 Interstate 35 North, Schertz
8208 North Interstate 35, San Antonio
12755 Midway Road, Dallas
6911 North MacArthur Blvd., Irving
4315 Northwest Loop 410, San Antonio
1439 Interstate 35, San Marcos

1. The older multi-tenant strip center at the direct corner of Belt Line and Montfort shares this address. As of this writing (4/23), the former Pollo Tropical just to the east of it is occupied by a restaurant called Flower Child.
2. Former Arby's restaurant.
3. Former Steak 'n Shake restaurant.
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