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TGI Fridays - Thank God It's Tasty!
TGI Friday's (Glasgow)
Member Name: Supermaz
TGI Friday's (Glasgow)
Advantages: Tasty food and great cocktails
Disadvantages: Expensive once you rack up the food and drinks
Did you hear about the guy who got drunk eating Jack Daniels chicken wings? Nothing to do with the delicious JD coating, he had to many Hurricane cocktails...
TGI Fridays is one of the those places that you know you will enjoy if you're looking for a little bit of atmosphere with your meal and cocktails. My local TGI's is in Glasgow but they are dotted all around the county waiting for you to sample their wares.
***How it looks***
The concept of TGI's is similar to other American influenced restaurants and is clearly along the same lines as Planet Holywood and the Hard Rock Café. The walls are bedecked with music and movie memorabilia from the Rat Pack to Rick Astley, from Godzilla to the Godfather, its all there. I personally love the rock music references and I am also fond of the large Harley Davidson Motorcycle that greets you when you walk through the front door.
The restaurant floor is filled with dark wood tables and chairs while the staff wander round in red and white striped shirts covered in badges. It s well lit without being overpowering and there is also usually some good but not too loud music on in the background.
No matter how good somewhere looks, the proof of an establishment's success is ultimately the food.
Again, TGI's very much draws on the American diner influence and the menu clearly reflects this.
There are a reasonable selection of starters including Loaded Potato Skins (£4.29), Mushroom Alfredo (£4.49) and my personal favourite the Jack Daniels Sesame Chicken Strips (£4.99). These are tender little chicken strips covered in a sweet and sticky Jack Daniels glaze which is very tasty. There are also a selection of chicken wings and appetizers to share.
The main courses are naturally heavy in meat dishes, focussing on their love of the mighty steak. A New York Strip will set you back around £13.99 however you have a fair choice of accompaniments and a choice of 5 sauces for the side which is really good. TGI's is actually one of the few places I know that can properly cook a steak. Personally I cannot for the life of me understand why anyone would want a well done steak, but they do, and TGI's offer it up without cremating it. Unlike some restaurants, they know how to cook a rare steak. While some places serve up medium instead of rare, TGI's rare steak is succulent and melt in your mouth soft. Exactly how it should be.
In addition to steaks you also have a selection of ribs, grills, burgers, chicken dishes, salads and pastas. Sandwiches are also on offer however at £8.99 for a grilled chicken sandwich, I think there are better value for money dishes on the menu. If you aren't a big meat eater, the Cajun-spiced vegetable Quesadilla is very tasty and is the same price as a sandwich while the Spicy Diablo Pasta (£7.99) is also pretty good.
If you do venture into TGI's however I would stick to the steaks, grills and ribs. They really are very good at them.
Desserts, if you can stomach one, are quite chocolate based with the chocolate fudge fixation being a personal favourite (£4.99). However they also do desserts to share if you are not ready for a whole one, and the dessert minis is a great way to sample. You can choose three or five mini desserts for £5.49 and £6.99 and while they aren't huge, they are pretty good and will take the edge off if you have a bit of a sweet tooth.
All the usual drinks are available but TGI's do a pretty fine selection of cocktails. All the traditional ones can be found including the Pina Colada, the Cosmopolitan and the Sex on the Beach, but they also have a great selection of more unusual cocktails including the Gremlin (Midori, Chambord, Vodka and citrus juice), the Barnamint Baileys (Oreo Cookies, Mint Liqueur, Baileys and Vanilla Ice Cream) or the Harlem Mugger (Rum, Tia Maria, Vodka, Gin, Champagne, Grand Marnier and citrus juice). Prices vary from £5.95 to around £10.
Now I would not like to encourage drinking copious amounts of alcohol at all, but I would recommend giving some of them a try. Even if you don't want a sit down meal, you can enjoy a couple of drinks at the bar and bar snacks are available if you find yourself there longer than you expected!
TGI's always has a fun and warm atmosphere and while this review may sound as though it is geared towards the older, cocktail drinking crowd, it is also a great place for families. There is a good kids menu with dishes ranging from £2.99 to £4.99 and the kids also receive an activity pack to keep them entertained.
I have visited TGI's on various occasions and it was a good night out for us as a couple and also when we were with a group of friends. I have also visited a number of their restaurants and the staff have always been attentive and friendly, although I am a bit sick of the old "hi my name is Lauren and I'll be your waitress for the evening..." shtick... Imported from America.
I would recommend TGI's to anyone looking for a typical American style meal where you eat till you burst and enjoy a few cocktail to go with it. it is definitely not a budget restaurant and once you have a couple of courses and some drinks, it doesn't amount to a cheap night out, but I think every once and a while its worth a visit.
Go take a bite and thanks for reading!
Summary: TGI's is tasty!
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