Oh man, I am loving this cool down we’re having here in Southern California. The whole, getting out of the shower and not immediately being covered in sweat?? Two thumbs up!! It’s the same this morning…there’s actually a slight chill in the air. God bless it.
- Atmosphere: 2 Spatulas. I’m sure most of you out there have been to one of these places. It looks like the decorator vomited various kitschy, random crap all over the walls. Bells, whistles, wheels, traffic signs and about 10 million other things super glued to the walls. Yea. You get my point. Not exactly a classy joint, but like I said, that’s not why we go. Can be a fun place with a group, especially during Happy Hour.
- Service: 1 1/2 Spatulas. TGI is not famous for it’s service. And it’s no shocker as to why. The waiting times, both to get a table, and then to actually be waited on, can get annoyingly long. When you do finally have your servers’ attention, it’s the bare minimum. I can relate to their situation. I worked in restaurants for years, but you know what, if I wanted to go somewhere and practically be ignored, I’d spend my days at the DMV. And let me tell you another thing…ladies, if you are working in a restaurant, serving food to people, put your boobs away. All the women working at this particular location were pretty much dressed like freaking street-walkers. I’m serious, the hostess had on a skirt-up-to-there and lacy fish-netty tights. Unprofessional.
- Food: 2 1/2 Spatulas: Mike and I happen to enjoy the food there. And last night we went to “2 for $20” route. Which, is actually a good deal. For $20, you get a full-sized appetizer, 2 full entrees and a dessert to share. We had the Sesame Jack Chicken Strips, which are tasty. Little pieces of chicken breaded, fried and then topped with their Jack Daniel’s glaze. We both had the same entree, the Petite Sirloin. It’s a 6 oz. steak topped with an herb butter. You get your choice of 2 sides with the steak, and we chose veggies and fries. We ordered our steaks to a temperature of medium, and were both served well-done hockey pucks. The serrated edges on the steak knife worked hard last night. For our dessert, we had the Strawberry Shortcake, which is yummy. 3 generous scoops of vanilla ice-cream with a slice of poundcake, strawberry puree and whipped cream. Simple, but yummy.
- Overall Value: 2 Spatulas. Considering we only spend $30 for the meal, drinks, and tip for a 3-course meal (underwhelming as it was) this is a good value. Having been to TGI many times before, we knew there were even odds of it being a lackluster experience, but we took our chances. Call us sentimental fools. We still had a good time, and I didn’t leave hungry, so there you go. Fun on a date, a casual lunch, or with a group. And pretty good value for your money.