My wife and I used to hit this TGI Fridays on a monthly basis as we both worked nearby and would meet for lunch whenever we could.
My suggestion, get the Whiskey-Glazed Sesame Chicken Strips. These are the reason I go to TGI Fridays and they really do make it worth the visit.
However, we are here to talk about whiskey, and TGI Fridays is just not a place to go if you are looking for whiskey selection. The cocktail menu is just very limited:
Our server was incredibly nice and helpful, but when I asked what the whiskey’s they had I couldn’t help but chuckle internally when she said they had Jameson, Maker’s Mark, and Straight Kentucky, which is just the descriptor on their menu for Maker’s.
So of course I went with a Maker’s Mark Manhattan. As our waitress delivered the drink she apologized and said the bartender was new, so your experience with TGI Fridays may be different.
What I got was a watered down glass Maker’s Mark. I don’t think there was any vermouth in it and hardly any whiskey either.
I told the waitress no worries, everyone has to start somewhere, and drank the drink – but did not order another, and yes, I still left a nice tip.
The Whiskey-Glazed Sesame Chicken Strips are the reason to go to TGI Fridays for me, but when ranking it as a Whiskey Place I have to give it a 1/100, setting a new record low for “Will Never Go Back” Whiskey Places.
Next time I pass a TGI Fridays I’ll go in and give them another try, but with such a limited whiskey menu, I can’t really imagine it getting much better.
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