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T. G. I. Fridays, Tysons Corner I August 16, 2015

Posted by hslu in Restaurants.
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In recent years, every time we went to T.G.I. Fridays at Tysons Corner Shopping Center, we were given a menu that’s a little different from what we got last time whenever that last time was. With wholesale food prices going up seemly every week, food cost has been a big concern for every restaurant big or small. Some restaurants had no way to pass on the cost to their customers because of competition or other reasons while others could. T.G.I. Fridays belongs to the latter.

For instance, the $7.95 All American stacked a few years back has gone up to more than $11 at this Tysons Corner Shopping Center store on the third floor that we go to often. When a new menu comes out, it will add 25 cents to one, 40 cents to the other, drop out unpopular dishes, add a couple of new dishes and change the line up on its Pick 2 and Pick 3 items. That’s how restaurants like T.G.I.F. keep making money while Mom and Pop restaurants struggle to stay in business on shrinking margins.

We always sit outside at a high top so that we can see people walking by and be seen by hundreds of people walking by us. The food is good. The beer is great. The ambiance is vibrant. The crowd is nice. The service can be erratic on Fridays and Saturdays but acceptable most of the time. Most customers were young and very few are in our age group. But heck, we have been to almost every restaurants at Tysons Corner SC but like T.G.I.F. the most.

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Our usual orders are: a pick 2; an appetizer and an entree, or pick 3; an appetizer, an entree and a dessert, a hamburger and a couple of beers. And we were disappointed last Friday.

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The pre-season opening game between Red Skins and Browns were okay though.

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