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Tari Jan 26, 2009 05:46 PM

I was given a $50 gift card to this place. Any reccommendations on what to get?

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    vttp926 Jan 26, 2009 05:59 PM

    the one thing I have to have any time my friends want to go there is their fried green beans. the rest of the food doesn't do much but fried green beans is a must.

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      nimeye Jan 27, 2009 12:43 PM

      Agreed. Just get $50 worth of the green bean fries.

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      baseballfan Jan 26, 2009 06:32 PM

      Overall terrible food but if you don't mind a calorie bomb, the potato skins are fabulous.

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        summeranne Jan 27, 2009 11:13 AM

        All I can recommend is that if you find something you do like, don't get attached. Everytime I find something I like, it gets pulled off the menu.

        1. Suzy Q Jan 27, 2009 11:15 AM

          The salad bar's not bad.

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            Bakersfield Hound Jan 31, 2009 10:57 AM

            I've never seen a salad bar in any TFGF's that I've eaten at around the country.

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              Suzy Q Jan 31, 2009 03:48 PM

              Then obviously you haven't been in the two that I have where I've had the salad bar.

              What difference does it make?

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                deibu Feb 1, 2009 01:43 AM

                Are you sure you're not thinking of Ruvy Tuesday's thst have salad bars? I wasn't aware that Friday's had them either.

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                  Suzy Q Feb 1, 2009 04:34 AM

                  No, it's TGI Fridays. I've been to two that had salad bars. Neither has been particularly large - the bar at Ruby Tuesdays seems to be much bigger and more well-stocked - but they were indeed there. Whether they still are, I have no idea. I've not been to a TGIF in many years.

                  Once again I ask - what's the controversy? Not every restaurant is a cookie cutter of another and many have regional offerings or specialties. I've not visited every TGIF in the country, so I can't say what all do or don't have. I can only speak from my personal, and by reality and practicality, limited, experience.

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                    burgerhound7 Apr 11, 2009 11:02 AM

                    Geez Suzy-Q there's no reason to be so snippy about it. All Bakersfield and deibu had asked was that they were unaware of any Fridays that had salad bars, and I can't blame them because every single one that I've ever known sure didn't have any either. Your local Fridays must be unique in the regards that they must and no I'm not saying that each and everyone have to be "cookie cutters" of each other but there there isn't any "controversy" about it they were just asking was all. You sounded reallly snide in your remarks back and replying "what difference does it make?" was contrary to what they were inquiring about. No one was getting on your case so no reason to come off as rude. Serioulsy no need to be that way.

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                      punkin712 Apr 14, 2009 08:12 AM

                      I've never been to a TGIFriday's that had a salad bar. Can I ask where the ones you mentioned are located? Since they revamped their menu (a la Guy Fieri), they have essentially wiped out any vegetarian options.

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              cstr Jan 27, 2009 03:17 PM

              Ever think of re-gifting?

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                MattInNJ Apr 15, 2009 07:29 AM

                bingo!

              2. rockandroller1 Jan 27, 2009 04:00 PM

                I would sell it. I have tried to eat there several times in recent years and the quality is worse than ever.

                1. podunkboy Jan 27, 2009 05:51 PM

                  I've only eaten there twice in my life (last time in KC in November when we were desperately hungry, it was near our motel, and we let the kids vote). Their baby-back ribs, although not terribly meaty, were pretty good, and there was a southwestern mac and cheese with chicken that the girls liked. I ended up eating most of the jalapeno poppers they ordered because they were too spicy. We had decent service, the food was hot, I just don't want to know what the calorie count was.

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                    LikestoEatout Jan 28, 2009 04:19 AM

                    They have a single pork chop with mashed potatoes on their small portion menu that's pretty good. Decent sized chop. I've never seen a TGIF with a salad bar.

                    1. njchowgal Jan 28, 2009 12:59 PM

                      drinks

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                        chris in illinois Jan 28, 2009 03:09 PM

                        I don't hate the Jack Daniel's Ribs.

                        1. danhole Jan 29, 2009 10:57 AM

                          Our Friday has a terrific Cobb Salad that is enormous. Last time we went I got the cheesebuger sliders cooked medium, with a salad on the side and the were pretty good. My husband loved the Jack Daniels grill steak. It's a large menu, so you can surely find something to please you.

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                            MarlboroMan Jan 29, 2009 10:48 PM

                            I like the Peruvian Chicken.. don't know how authentic it is, but I like it alot. That, and the Brownie Obsession for dessert.. something about the brownie they use.

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                              vttp926 Jan 30, 2009 09:07 PM

                              the peruvian chickent is no longer on the menu. it was one of my favorite dishes. but sad to see it gone.

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                                MarlboroMan Feb 6, 2009 08:43 AM

                                Argggggh. Now I no longer have a reason to go there. It was tasty, spicy, and healthy (compared to other choices). Probably why it didn't make the cut.

                                If it's covered in cheese and sauce, oh yeah, it'll stay.

                            2. Lewes17266 Jan 30, 2009 03:28 AM

                              Tari, The house salad is not bad and the salad with fried chicken strips, oranges, and vinaigrette is good. They prepare them in a very nice plastic bowl for take-out.
                              My husband and I went to TGIF at Tanger during the holidays and ordered burgers and they were horrible.

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                                chowsearch Jan 30, 2009 08:39 AM

                                TGIF's serve a purpose: they make Friendly's and Denny's look good.

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                                  Woof Woof Woof Jan 31, 2009 04:02 PM

                                  Just went there tonight. Had a basic burger with just cheese (burger doesn't need anything but cheese and/or bacon only). I actually thought it was pretty good, i was even able to eat the roll. It wasn't hard unlike some other places. Fries were soggy though even though I asked for them CRISPY. The Peanut Butter Pie on the Dessert Menu is to die for. I wish I knew the EXACT recipe for that :/

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                                    charmedgirl Jan 31, 2009 07:29 PM

                                    Hey. Don't hate on Friendly's. Its existence is justified by the Reese's Pieces Sundae alone.

                                    You can go ahead and hate on Denny's though.

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                                      Woof Woof Woof Feb 1, 2009 06:05 AM

                                      Errg, Reese's Peanut Butter Cup Sundae. TGI Fridays PB Pie is 1st though

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                                        Sra. Swanky Feb 1, 2009 10:01 AM

                                        LOVE Friendly's too!! I constantly crave their BBQ Chicken Supermelt & Fribble!

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                                        Kelli2006 Feb 2, 2009 11:25 AM

                                        Is it just me, or was TGI Fridays better in the past?

                                        I remember liking their food when we ate there during college in the late 80's, but my tastes have also matured.

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                                          Sra. Swanky Feb 2, 2009 12:36 PM

                                          It's not just you, Kelli - I've felt the same way for years. The food, even the vibe was a bit better in the late 80's - early 90's. I remember their giant Oreo ice cream sandwich and their "Mushrooms, Chicken, and Mushrooms" entree from back then. (True it was a heart attack on a plate, but it was good!).

                                          I miss the "flare" on the waiters/waitresses too!

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                                      libgirl2 Feb 2, 2009 05:21 PM

                                      We like going there for just simple stuff like burgers (there sliders are good). They had a wasabi tuna sandwich I loved and they took it off the menu. It ws the best. We live near one and they are always sending us buy one get one entree free, so its a pretty good deal to go eat there.

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                                        FlowerMoundGirl Feb 3, 2009 02:23 PM

                                        If you haven't had the Dragonfire Chicken, you haven't had the best meal at Friday's. I know like 4 people who rave about this dish and I have to agree even though it is a little spicy for my sensitive tastes.

                                        Menu Description: “Marinated Chicken breast topped with fiery Kung Pow sauce, mandarin oranges and pineapple pico de gallo.”

                                        1. steakman55 Feb 3, 2009 02:36 PM

                                          Sell it for $45 on Ebay and be happy. then go to Chili's

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                                            FlowerMoundGirl Feb 3, 2009 07:05 PM

                                            LOL Sell it to me, I'd buy it for $45 paypal :)

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                                            malibumike Feb 4, 2009 07:55 AM

                                            They seem to be trying to increase profit by downsizing their portion size, the club sandwich I got was very small and with a whopping 5 onions rings!

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                                              TampaAurora Feb 5, 2009 08:04 AM

                                              Really? I was just cajoled into going and my Bruschetta Chicken Pasta was enough to feed two easily. What annoyed the heck out of me was that all three dishes came out warm or cool but nowhere near hot. Even the almost raw shrimp was cool by the time it hit the table! Not even the "sizzling" entree. When sizzling is in its name and the cheese has rehardened, there are issues. At least my drinks were filled. I had lunch too for whatever that was worth.

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                                                burgerhound7 Apr 11, 2009 11:06 AM

                                                It would be helpful that when you talk about a chain rest, you mention the specific area or particular neighboorhood that the restaurant happens to be located in. It would help your fellow board members who happen to live in that area. Not nessecary of course but like I said it would be helpful.

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                                                  scrumptiouschef Sep 4, 2009 06:37 AM

                                                  http://www.nypost.com/seven/09022009/...

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                                              joe777cool Sep 8, 2009 04:25 PM

                                              Sadly, one of my favorite chain dishes of all time, the sesame jack strips, has gone down hill......smaller pieces now and WAY over cooked. I actually sent my last order back as inedible....and asked the manager if they could cook them less (chicken mind you). Still love the jack sauce though, i could drink that stuff!

                                              btw - i have been to several TGIF's all over the country and not once did I see any saladbar.....chains, especially huge national ones like this one, are VERY consistent and wouldnt just sprinkle in saladbars unless they were test restaurants.

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                                                sockii Sep 9, 2009 02:16 PM

                                                I agree - never seen a salad bar in a TGIF and I've been to a LOT of them thanks to business travel.

                                                That said I find the place quite variable dependent on location...there used to be a HORRIBLE one on the outskirts of Philly that I had to endure during several conventions at the old Adam's Mark Hotel. Ones I've been to in other locations from Denver to San Fran to Jersey burbs have been a lot better. But I usually stick to either salads or the ribs.

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                                                  CucumberBoy Sep 9, 2009 02:38 PM

                                                  I recently had the misfortune of dining at the TGIF's at the Gold Coast Casino in lovely Las Vegas, Nevada. We had the sliders and some Buffalo wings. Awful -- food was cold, buns stale, wings tough and chewy.

                                                  Oh well, when in Vegas, one should gamble I suppose.

                                                  There was no -- I repeat NO -- salad bar; I think the person who said they have a salad bar is being untruthful, or perhaps they're deluded and/or confused.

                                                  -cb-

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                                                    jeanmarieok Sep 13, 2009 10:48 AM

                                                    No salad bar at any TGI Fridays I've been to.... I like the Jack Daniels burger.....

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                                                      RCTRIPLEFRESH5 Sep 14, 2009 09:41 PM

                                                      I REMmber as a kid i used to get something called a pizzadilla from the kids menu. OH MAN IT WAS GREAT. but then they took it off of the menu. i always liked the adult order of chicken fingers as a kid although i never finished them -_- lol.

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                                                      Fibber McGee Sep 15, 2009 04:14 AM

                                                      Ruby Tuesday has the salad bar. It's very. very easy to confuse the two places outside a couple distinctions.

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                                                  Wes Mantooth Sep 14, 2009 12:54 PM

                                                  Jack Daniels Bacon Burgers and Beer. Other than that, this place is useless.

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                                                    MattInNJ Sep 15, 2009 11:11 AM

                                                    Yep pretty much. I took Doris Mantooth out and she ordered the JD Burger, never seen a woman take a burger like that before.

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                                                      Wes Mantooth Sep 15, 2009 11:21 AM

                                                      Dorothy Mantooth is a saint!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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                                                        Lewes17266 Sep 15, 2009 04:58 PM

                                                        Is Doris Mantooth the wife of Wes? The sister of MattinNJ? The other way around?

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                                                          Lewes17266 Sep 15, 2009 04:59 PM

                                                          Doris/Dorothy is an imaginary friend?

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                                                            MattInNJ Sep 16, 2009 06:55 AM

                                                            She is Wes Mantooth's mother, I took her out for an expensive seafood dinner and didn't call her for a week!

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                                                              Sra. Swanky Sep 18, 2009 09:46 PM

                                                              I love that movie. :o) You stay classy!

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                                                                Sensuous Sep 27, 2009 05:07 PM

                                                                Oh Anchorman

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                                                          sockii Sep 19, 2009 02:08 PM

                                                          >never seen a woman take a burger like that before.

                                                          You haven't seen me in action, then. ;)

                                                          My S.O. routinely jokes about my ability to literally inhale a good burger.

                                                      2. pikawicca Sep 15, 2009 05:12 PM

                                                        I've only been in two of these (Bloomington, IN and Richmond, IN) I will never darken their doors again. Absolutely foul, inedible food.

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                                                          HollyDolly Sep 17, 2009 12:16 PM

                                                          I have eaten there once or twice.The one in the Forum at Olympia Hills in Live Oak,Tx by me has been good, and the service was fine.
                                                          My sister sent me a $25.00 gift card for my birthday, so I may use it to go to the movies and try their Jack Daniels Chicken Sandwich or something else.
                                                          I like the Appleby's off Walzem in Windcrest which is good.

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