The good news at TGI Friday’s is that it’s actually a great place to relax in with friend after work, and that’s true even on other days of the week. But spending a Friday evening here with buddies is always special when you’re looking forward to a nice relaxing weekend.
Of course, here at TGI Friday’s it’s always a good idea to start things off with the appetizers. Here, you’ll find them in the Fridays Classic section of the menu. Get a few items and share them among the group, as you sit back and share stories with your friends.
But which of these appetizers should you order? You can order what you want, as they’re all good for the most part. However, if you’re new to the place, here are some excellent suggestions:
Pan-Seared Pot Stickers
Before you immediately think of this list as an absolute failure for mentioning this item first, let us explain. It’s true that most people don’t really think about pork dumplings right away when they’re thinking about relaxing comfort food at a place like TGI Friday’s. But it probably should be, at least in this restaurant.
That’s because we found the pan-seared pork dumplings here unexpectedly yummy. They were nice and crispy on the outside, but hot and savory on the inside. The pork was surprisingly juicy with just the right amount of seasoning, and it matches well with the Szechwan dipping sauce.
This is so delicious that there might be a small argument when your group decides to share a single order. It’s really a good idea to get at least 2 orders, so everyone gets their fill.
This is another delicious option, helped by how it offers the perfect ration between the fillings and the tortilla. You’ve got bits of chicken, along with some cheddar and Monterey Jack, onions and pepper, plus pico de gallo and sour cream.
This is another order that you might just want to get for your own. It really is that good.
Giant Onion Rings
True, the ratio of the onion to the crunchy breading is somewhat inconsistent, but it’s not really a big deal. But these are really big onion rings, and size brings a quality of its own.
Besides, the really big deal here is the pairing with that yummy BBQ ranch. The onion rings are nice enough on their own, but they’re great when you put in the dipping sauce.
This dip is made with spinach and artichokes (obviously), along with onions, Romano, parmesan bread crumbs, peppers, and onions. You get this with the chips and salsa, and it’s a great choice. It’s warm and tasty, and the rather large portion serving makes it suitable for group-sharing.
The flavor does tend to lean heavily on the spinach side, and you might not even detect the artichoke taste at all. Also, the dip portion size isn’t all that large, compared to the amount of chips you get.
Why go for regular fries when you can try the green-bean version? This is quite a popular option, and in some places, when you visit TGI Friday’s in the evening, it might already be sold out. It’s a huge serving that may be too much for a single person, but it works nicely when shared.
You really don’t want to get this for yourself, because the flavor can get a bit too much after a while. It’s good in small doses, unless you don’t really like the wasabi flavor of the dip. The green-beans along doesn’t really have much flavor to offer, but it works fine with the dipping sauce. That ranch-wasabi-cucumber combination is nice.