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At our company's holiday party, I won a $50 gift certificate to Fridays. Just one problem: I'm a vegetarian (eggs and cheese OK; meat, poultry and fish not OK).

Is there anything at Fridays that a vegetarian could make a meal out of? I know they used to have a garden burger, but that's off the menu now. Also gone is the former spinach pizzadilla thing and some other meal-type appetizers.

I asked them through their Comments section on the Friday's website, but after waiting a week I got this informative response:

"Your inquiry will need to be addressed by a Manager of the local T.G.I. Fridays restaurant. You may find the telephone numbers and addresses to our locations on our website, http://www.fridays.com/locator.htm

We appreciate your interest in T.G.I. Friday's."

Does anybody know if there is anything on the menu for me (other than drinks and deep fried appetizers, which aren't a meal)

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  1. Why don't you call your local restaurant and ask them? You will get a better answer there than from someone on the opposite coast from you. What is available in one market may not be available in yours, and they might make some of the stuff you were asking about by request.

    1. Funny, the only thing I ever go to Friday's for are drinks and appetizers. It's not a meal, but it works for a good social hour with friends.

      As far as what they have for vegetarian offerings, do what it said in the email you got back from the corporate office and call or visit your local location. I've learned that sometimes things that look vegetarian aren't (for example, the black bean tofu at Panda Express is made with a chicken based sauce), so just looking at the menu won't necessarily tell you what is vegetarian. The people who make a living making the food you're wondering about are going to know a lot more about it than the people who eat it.

      1. First of all, my sympathies that the certificate was for Friday's. Not sure you actually 'won'. There is very little vegetarian on their menu. They do have a mac and cheese entree. Green salad. Not much else. If I were you, I would sell it for .50 on the dollar on Craig's list and spend the $25 on something decent.

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        1. re: bnemes3343

          There's a thought. I'm also thinking about regifting it to a friend or relative who is not veggie. Or maybe just use it to get *lots* of drinks!

          1. re: bnemes3343

            Touche, bnemes! You are so right on with your recommendation. I would be amazed that this god awful restaurant is still in business, but then again, people continue to frequent places like Olive Garden and Cheesecake Factory.

          2. It's been a few years ago, but I used to have a friend who was fixated on Friday's. Yeah, I know, it makes no sense, but he ate there 5 or 6 times a week. They were very good about preparing items which had previously been on the menu but had been dropped. I don't know if they stocked some of the items for just that possibility, or if they just whipped them up from ingredients on hand. It's a shame the garden burger is gone. I liked it, and I'm not even a vegetarian.

            1. The Fridays menu has changed several times in the last few years and the quality has really declined as well. I ate at the one near my house a few weeks ago, after not having been there in well over a year. There wasn't much on the menu that appealed to me, and I am just not into the Jack Daniels flavoring that they keep offering. The restaurant was not very busy, and I just heard that it closed without notice. Other than their workers losing their jobs, I am just not that upset about it.....hopefully something much, much better will take its' place.

              1. I went there this past June and had a pasta dish with tomatoes, mozz, and basil with eggplant on top. (also am vegetarian) It wasn't 'wow! that tastes great' and enough for me ever to go back there but it was an okay thing for one meal. They may still have that one dish.

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                1. re: etoiles

                  That dish is now gone. Actually it was still on the menu and I was so excited since I didn't think there would be anything. 10 minutes later the waitress comes back to inform me that it is no longer on the menu. So there is literally nothing on the menu that is purely vegetarian, except some junk apps. Even the fried ravolis have pork in them. Ended up ordering a salad w/o meat. I emailed them about the fact there is nothing and got this non-reply:

                  We take pride in offering an extensive variety of great tasting, innovative signature menu items. Thank you for your suggestion, it will be forwarded to the appropriate departments. T.G.I. Friday's will continue to offer and promote outstanding menu choices for our valued guests.

                  1. re: jerrica27

                    don't you just love canned answers?

                2. The broccocli cheese soup at Fridays is great. I'm not sure if its 100% vegetarian (i.e. might contain chicken stock in the broth)