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August 5, 2010

Restaurant Review : T.G.I Fridays Western Hills


It doesn't have to be Friday for me to go to Friday's. It is a good go-to place to eat when we have money to spend but not enough to go to an expensive restaurant. I have dined in at the Western Hills location once or twice, but we usually get it to-go when we go to this one. I have been here many times and actually have joined their Give Me More Stripes club, where I can earn free food once I have spent $100 at the restaurant! Everytime I go, I just have to have them swipe my card and it adds on my points - a point for each dollar amount spent. I figured this would be a good idea considering we dine here often. There are no enrollment fees or anything like that. I also have signed up to receive their emails, and I often receive coupons for free appetizers/desserts from there as well.

But anyways, this particular time that we got our to-go order, I received a free appetizer and decided to get the Southwest Chicken Quesadillas. These had spicy chipotle chicken in a tortilla with Monterey Jack and cheddar cheese, with a side of salsa, pico de gallo, lettuce, and sour cream. It was nothing to rave about. I wouldn't pay money for it, but since it was free it's all good!





For my main course, I ordered one of my usuals - from their Right Portion, Right Price menu, the Parmesan Crusted Chicken. Not to be confused with the SIZZLING Parmesan Crusted Chicken which comes with a different side. I accidentally ordered the Sizzling Parmesan Crusted Chicken before, and it came with a side of some kind of angel hair pasta with tomato sauce, which I did not like at all! It in no way shape or form compares to the tortellini and tomato-mozzarella salad, in my humble opinion. My Parmesan Crusted Chicken comes with a sauteed chicken breast coated with caesar dressing then topped with a parmesan crust. It comes with a side of three cheese tortellini with spinach alfredo sauce, as well as a tomato-mozzarella salad, which I have made a copycat recipe of. I like to have a variety in my meal, so I love to be able to switch between bites of savory chicken, comforting tortellini, and fresh salad. I order this ALOT, so obviously it's good!




My soon-to-be hubby ordered the Jack Daniel's Burger, a variance from his normal Jack Daniel's Chicken Sandwich. This burger is glazed with a little Jack Daniel's sauce and comes with bacon (YUM!), provolone cheese, lettuce, tomato and onion, with a side of Jack Daniel's sauce. They also throw in a few fries for you. Sometimes they are soggy, sometimes crisp and fresh! It's a hit or miss situation. I tried a bite of that burger and boy was it delicious! Maybe it's just that sauce - I really think it can make anything good. I have a love for good sauces. They make plain food come to life!



















Another appetizer that I love is the Sesame Jack Chicken Strips. I get them with the sauce on the side so the skin is still crispy. They are so good! I have also, in the past, ordered the Gourmet Mac and Cheese which came with a grilled chicken breast and an assortment of cheeses (that's what made it "gourmet") but now I am not seeing it on their menu at all! I will be distraught if they no longer offer it!!! I can also recommend the Sizzling Chicken & Cheese, which I used to order religiously. I have tried the Prime Rib Stroganoff and I was NOT impressed. The meat wasn't anything great and I just found myself yearning for my usuals. That's what I get for venturing out and trying new things! Just kidding. Many times that is why I stay in my comfort zone and order the same thing every time since I know that I like it. That's why I like blogging - it urges me to try meals I normally wouldn't try, as well as restaurants that I may not normally explore. 

Dessert-wise, I have tried their Brownie Obsession multiple times and I don't think it could ever be nasty. They don't have too many options anymore, they got rid of some of them. But recently I had a coupon for a free dessert and decided to try their Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie for the first time. It was very good! 



Friday's should really be called Thank God It's [Every Day of the Week] because I could eat it every day of the week, not just on Fridays!





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