Saturday, January 14, 2006

Chicken Caesar Review: T.G.I. Friday's

And once more we find ourselves at another whimsical Bar & Grill joint. It remains to be seen whether T.G.I. Friday's has anything over places like Applebee's and Bennigan's. Their Grilled Chicken Caesar Salad, which is priced at $8.99, contains crisp romaine lettuce tossed with their Caesar dressing and topped with slices of chargrilled chicken, Parmesan cheese and croutons.

The chicken dominates here, with a strong smoky flavor that reminded me of backyard grilling when I was a kid. Alas, though there were some cuts made into the whole breast, they did not go clean through. So we don't even have strips to deal with and much cutting must ensue in order to eat the darn thing. As for the rest, the lettuce is chopped nicely and properly tossed with a dressing that could stand to be just a wee bit stronger. The croutons and cheese were pretty much just there and are on the whole unremarkable.

In the final result, this salad rates higher than Bennigan's but lower than Applebee's. I'll give them points for nostalgia on such a flavorful chicken breast, but the least they can do is learn how to cut it thoroughly.

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