TGI Friday’s
Braintree, MA

Crispy Green Bean Fries
Bruschetta Chicken Pasta
Dragonfire Chicken
A fire-grilled chicken breast glazed with Chinese Kung Pao sauce, served over stir–fried brown rice with pineapple pico de gallo, Mandarin oranges and broccoli.
Brownie Obsession
A warm brownie covered in Ghirardelli® chocolate–fudge sauce, vanilla ice cream, caramel sauce and pecans.
Spiced Up Cupcakes
All of the sweetness and spice of pumpkin pie is wrapped up in these pumpkin applesauce spice cupcakes which are topped with cream cheese frosting and garnished with chopped pecans. Served with a side of vanilla ice cream and caramel sauce.
Jacob’s Creek Shiraz Sangria
Tropical juices, fresh fruit and Jacob’s Creek Shiraz combine for a fruity flavor that’s all grown up. 

A busy Saturday night, but not so busy that two girls couldn’t find a table at the local chain restaurant — even one embedded in a hotel. We decided that we liked being grown-ups, even though it had its downsides a lot of the time, because we could order things like Meghan’s Jacob’s Creek Shiraz Sangria.

Crispy green bean fries are wonderful things. They are lightly breaded and lightly fried, but truly crispy and vibrant, fresh green on the inside. They are an indulgence that does not really feel like an indulgence, and the cucumber-wasabi dipping sauce is a perfect counterbalance, not too overpowering or cloying. And the wasabi is not really noticeable.

Lots of things on the menu looked good, and by the end of our meal we’d decided that TGI Friday’s sure does like to put crushed pecans on things. For some reason we both settled on chicken.  The bruschetta chicken pasta looked good, but complicated. The dragonfire chicken was not as spicy as the name might imply — any kung pao heat was easily quenched by a nearby Blue Moon. The Right Portion menu gave us the chance to definitely have enough room for dessert…

…Which brings us back to the conclusion that crushed pecans are on every at TGI Friday’s. All the desserts looked really good and decadent without being really heavy. Two pumpkin spice cupcakes came with a double-shot-glass of vanilla ice cream. I was a little disappointed in what could have been a spectacular twist on an autumnal treat; the cupcakes were refrigerated, which was good for the cream cheese icing, but the cake itself was too dry to be heavenly delicious. The death-by-chocolate brownie obsession with Ghirardelli chocolate sauce — that was the dealmaker for Meghan. And yes, she had her brownie obsession with pecans on top, why do you ask?

All in all, an enjoyable, tasty, and fairly inexpensive girls’ night out.

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