I love going to out to eat. It’s an opportunity for my wife and I to relax, talk and eat and drink (obviously). Deciding where to go can, at times, be a point of contention … You see, I’m against fast food (unless it’s Whataburger and I am on the way home from a bar), making reservations assumes we know where we want go prior to us pulling up, and, like most people, we live on a budget. So it may or may not come as a surprise that I value, and, dare say, appreciate the role the big chain restaurants play in the restaurant scene. (To me there is something almost comforting about these places.)
I remember TGI Friday’s from back in the day as more of a restaurant with a sports bar feel than a place I expect to find craft cocktails, artisan appetizers and “hand-crafted” food. I checked out the Addison location down the street for me and realized the Friday’s from my younger days is long gone. (Rest in peace.) They are embracing change, shaking that suburban eatery rap and catering to a younger generation of foodies and more particular cocktail and beer drinkers. The hodge podge of wall decor is gone with cool photos and prints in their place and the waiter’s 37 pieces of flair have been replaced with an impressive level of knowledge on how to make a drink.
We struck gold with (read: devoured) our Ahi Tuni Crisps, a combination one might not expect of blackened Ahi tuna on a tortilla chip with guacamole, jalapeños, Sriracha sauce and Avocado Vinaigrette, topped with a cucumber-wasabi ranch. Followed by an order of Bacon Mac N Cheese Bits. My Friday’s Spike Lemonade (made with Tito’s homemade vodka, lemon and lime juice, agave among other things) washed down the starters I would normally never eat, but couldn’t resist at least trying … and then ended up finishing the plate.
Before night was done we also had gone through a Hendricks Cooler, Best Friday’s Margaritas and a Double Berry Mojito, which made me eager to come back again. It was one of those kind of meals where you end up full before the entrees are even brought out but you can’t help but eat most of it. (Some of our steaks ended up coming home with us to be enjoyed the following day.)
And what is dinner without dessert? Those who know me know I do my best to eat healthy(ish), but I was able to muster the willpower to resist the Oreo Madness. The same can not be said about my wife…
It’s no secret that competition and staying power among restaurants is difficult, especially in a city with a thriving food scene like Dallas. Of note, this TGI Friday’s location happens to be one of the more tenured restaurant establishments in Addison (RIP: Trulucks, Mi Piaci, Sambuca, Bennigans, Mi Piaci, Jake’s, Champps, Duke’s, etc). Having sampled what they’re cookin’ and shakin’ up over there, I’d encourage you to stop in and check out what they have going at their new Addison location!
Current Drinks Specials (daily specials may vary from TGIF to TGIF!)
- Monday – $5 Bloody Mary, Mimosa and Calls
- Tuesday – $5 Jack Daniels
- Wednesday – $3 martinis & half priced bottles of wine
- Thursday – $3 drinks
***TGI Friday’s are supporters of the SDD team and provided complimentary gift cards for this meal***