My husband and I used to frequent TGI Fridays when we were younger for date nights. We ventured out last Sunday evening to check out the new Fridays at Stone Creek Towne Center, nestled between Olive Garden and Logan’s Roadhouse. The restaurant is only the second of its kind in the casual dining chain to feature a new aesthetic.

The new location features a more contemporary look. Glass garage-style doors connect the bar to an amazing patio area with wicker loveseats and coffee tables and wooden bench booths and fire pits.

TGI Fridays Patio

The bar features 24 beer taps, about three times the amount found at a typical TGI Fridays. The new tap system allows the restaurant to cater to fans of craft and macro beers. Local brands on tap include Rhinegeist, Mad Tree, Christian Moerlein and Rivertown.

Bar at TGI Fridays at Stone Creek Cincinnati

I noticed the dining area features more “soft seating” in booths and minimizes the tables that were common at older TGI Fridays restaurants. There is also an open “exhibition” style kitchen. Which makes the food preparation part of the dining experience.

TGI Fridays Stone Creek Cincinnati

One thing that didn’t change much is the food! They still carry the classic American food options and Jack Daniel items. We started off the evening with drinks and an appetizer per the suggestion of our server Aaron.

We chose the “Choose 3″(or 4 or 5) Apps depending on party size (or your appetite).

Fridays Appetizers

We chose: Boneless wings tossed in Jack Daniels BBQ sauce, Crispy Green Bean Fries and Warm Pretzels with Craft Beer-Cheese Dipping Sauce.  The wings were fabulous.  I have been wanting to try Fried Green Beans!  They were AMAZING! My most favorite of the 3 if I had to chose would be the Pretzels! They were deep fried to perfection leaving the insides soft and the outside crisp. We demolished the beer cheese that went with them.

 NEW ULTIMATE CASAMIGOS STRAWBERRY ‘RITA - Fridays

For our beverages, Scott chose his typical Bud light! I went for the new Ultimate Casamigos Strawberry ‘Rita – Casamigos Blanco Tequila, Cointreau, fresh strawberries, organic agave, fresh lime and lemon juice. If you like spice they also have: Ultimate Casamigos Spicy ‘Rita made with fresh jalapeños.

NEW BOURBON BARREL MAHI MAHI - Fridays

For my entree I chose the new Bourbon Barrel Mahi Mahi — this was divine!  It was perfectly seasoned with hickory-smoked sea salt and fire-grilled over bourbon-soaked planks for a smoky vanilla sweetness that brings out the natural flavor. I chose classic mashed potatoes and broccoli for my sides.

NEW JACK DANIEL’S® NEW YORK STRIP & JACK DANIEL’S® RIBS - FridaysLoaded Mashed Potato - Fridays

Scott chose the new Jack Daniel’s® New York Strip & Jack Daniel’s® Ribs. He had no complaints. The ribs fell right off the bone, and the steak was seasoned and cooked just right. He chose loaded mashed potatoes & Rice.

TGI Fridays Oreo Madness

For dessert, we had our old favorite! The Fav Oreo® Madness – cookies and cream ice cream sandwiched between layers of hand-crumbled Oreo® cookie crust, drizzled with premium Ghirardelli® chocolate sauce.

We had a great night reminiscing about old times and feeling young again at Fridays! The service and food were great! We can’t wait to go back to enjoy the outside space when it is a little warmer out!

Amanda B.

Author: Amanda B.

Amanda is a busy mom of two and has been married to her college sweetheart since 2005. Amanda is addicted to social media! She likes to stay up to date on what is going on! Amanda enjoys reading, blogging, boating, loves fall weather, trying new things and shopping. She works full time and her main hobby is acting as Vice President of TheClubMom.com, where mommies get the 411 on Fitness, Food, Fashion and Family. She is very excited to be able to be a contributor for Date Night Cincinnati reviewing and writing about keeping the spark alive through different dating adventures with her husband of 10 years!

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