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Drinking with Will Gordon: 2 New Cocktails at T.G.I. Friday's

Either I was being a big, dumb snob or the chain restaurant cocktail game has improved dramatically in the past couple of years, because these days you can get a perfectly good mixed drink at some of the aggressively decorated quesadilleries that we all love to mock and the honest among us love to (very occasionally) gorge ourselves at. My wife works near Boston's sole T.G.I. Friday's, so we stopped in last week to investigate their two newest drinks, the Bee Sting and the Grey Goose Cooler. More

T.G.I. Friday's New Korean Steak Tacos

I really, really wanted to like these things. I have no particular love for T.G.I. Friday's or anyplace like it, but as soon as these new tacos were announced last month, the hipper-than-thou blogger backlash began: How on Earth could a chain restaurant serve a credible Korean taco? Well, it turns out they can't in this case. More

Guy Fieri Doesn't Eat at T.G.I. Friday's

Images from Guy Fieri's T.G.I. Friday's commercial. A recent conversation between T.G.I. Friday's spokesman Guy Fieri and a TMZ cameraman: TMZ: “I thought you only eat at Friday’s.” Fieri: “No, I’m a Food Network chef, man, so I just do commercials for Friday’s. You know how it is.” TMZ: “You like Friday’s?” Fieri: “It’s a good gig.” TMZ: “Good there?” Fieri: “They back up one of my shows, called Ultimate Recipe Showdown.” [via Food Network Addict]... More

T.G.I. Friday’s Loyalty Program, 'Give Me More Stripes,' Lets You Cut the Line and Get Free Food

Ever go to T.G.I. Friday’s and say to yourself, "Hey, this line is really long! I wish there was a way to cut ahead of all these people!"? Now there's at least one way to get some V.I.P. treatment in the local strip mall without slipping the maître d' a twenty. Not sure how we missed this, but T.G.I. Friday’s launched their loyalty program, "Give Me More Stripes" on July 14, and the numbers are astounding: more than 380,000 members signed up, which evens out to more than 600 members per U.S. restaurant. In a way, it's not surprising when given these perks: a free appetizer or dessert upon sign-up, a one-time use jump-the-line-pass, and an $8 certificate for every... More

Is There Big Money in Smaller Portions?

At a time when Burger King's Meat'Normous, a breakfast sandwich that features a pound of ham, bacon, and sausage, is selling like, well, hot cakes, another restaurant chain is betting on smaller portion menu options to maximize profits. Richard Snead, head of the company that owns TGI Friday's, is heavily marketing 2/3 "right size portions" to consumers. Will a country addicted to outsized portions buy more of these "eat less" options? Stay tuned.... More

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