Since 1965, TGI Fridays has been giving throngs of people reason to utter those now famous words: “Thank God It’s Friday!”
ABC, the television network, also had a slogan in the nineties; it was used in promoting their Friday night lineup of sitcoms. Forgive me for saying, at the risk of sounding ancient: “Now that was TV!”
But that lineup brought me and millions of people joy. And why wouldn’t it…especially with good old Larry and Balki of Perfect Strangers, getting the weekend off to a great start right there in our very own living rooms?
Anyways. Time moves on. Rant is over…for now.
Besides, TGIF on the ABC television network is no more, but do you know what’s still around? You guessed it Guilty Eats readers! TGI Fridays, and their menu items have been bringing levels of comfort like those I just described, only on a much different level; that comfort still hits home though, and in many ways, very much in the same way.
We’ve decided to rank the ten greatest menu items offered over at TGI Fridays…those items we simply can’t do without, Guilty Eats readers
10. Philly Cheesesteak Burger
Believe it or not, I was in Philadelphia when I first had this burger, and after having authentic cheesesteak from Pat’s, this burger pales in comparison, trust me. But it’s a decent substitute, as are so many treats bearing that sacred name of Philly Cheesesteak.
9. Loaded Potato Skins With Ranch Sour Cream
OMG! Potato and sour cream is a combination worth singing about. And I mean really wailing in that way eighties hair metal singers used to in those power ballads…they were singing about gals named Sherri or perhaps even Beth.
8. Signature Whisky Glazed Chicken Strips
Did somebody say whiskey? Chicken strips are awesome. They’re the perfect snack and meal—depending on how many you eat of course. But TGI Fridays does them well, especially slathered in their Whiskey glaze…a very special item that will be mentioned again here in this piece (as it deserves to be), so read on, dear readers.
7. Signature Whisky Glazed Burger
As promised. That glaze is epic on their chicken. But please, oh please, try it on their burgers. You will not be disappointed in this menu item.
6. BBQ Ribs (Full Rack)
The Whiskey glazed ribs are perfect in every way, but in this regard, I just prefer the standard TGI Fridays BBQ sauce. It’s better than other places for sure. Perfect combination of sweet and savory.
5. Loaded Fries With BBQ Ranch
Fries are great on their own at TGI Fridays. But when they’re loaded…I’m sure you can do the math.
4. Cajun Shrimp and Chicken Pasta
As a human with an Italian upbringing and two great cooks at home (one a classically trained Italian chef in my dad), many would ask me why, oh why, would you eat pasta at a restaurant not known for their pasta.
I have two simple answers: 1-I love pasta. Myself and my niece go hand in hand in that regard…I cannot have a meal without seeing at least a pasta side. 2-People that would ask me that have never tasted this dish at TGI Fridays. It’s the essential surf and turf…chicken and shrimp together with noodles and a Cajun sauce and seasoning? What can go wrong?
3. Bucket Of Bones
Wings sautéed in an Apple Butter BBQ sauce that is to die for; ribs in the signature whiskey glaze that is mentioned above and oh-so-delightful, and seasoned fries. Enough said? I certainly think so.
2. Fried Shrimp
See number 4 for how much I love shrimp. Fried shrimp are to me, little bites of heavenly goodness…the type of heavenly goodness we are granted with our time here that are way too good to pass up, even with high cholesterol.
1. Philly Cheesesteak Eggrolls
Okay…so eggrolls are a perfect invention and like pizza pockets or perhaps even Jamaican meat patties, they’re a one stop shop for snacking and complete meal ideas. Besides…anything stuffed is good. These items are perfect next to salad, or maybe even an…I don’t know…serving of pasta?
The interior of these at TGI Fridays, or rather the filling is what’s special here. That’s why an appetizer makes the number one spot on this list…because they’re so perfect, as are a lot of their other menu items.
Did we miss any, dear readers? What are some of your favorites?