Friday, March 21
Mine will be more of the same. Sorry Friday's, but what was consumed this past Wednesday evening on a rainy night in D.C. was definitely not the"apex of eating." If it was, I think I'll switch to a liquid-only diet for the rest of my life.
First, a fun little guessing game:
Perhaps an enlarged cancerous mole? The surface of one of Mars' moons? Scabies?
As JB points out, we chose to limit ourselves to only one menu option each and the dessert to share. I suppose the original idea would have been to have a part #2 of the taste test if we were blown away by #1, so we could try all of the "ultimate" menu options. I'll put it on my calendar for 2011. Hope they're still on the menu by then.
JB chose the Chipotle Grilled Steak Sandwich--winner of the comfort food challenge.
And here it is:
The marketing copy indicates that this sandwich has a "healthy helping" of onion rings, which I suppose could be considered true since she was served just FIVE! When I see "healthy" and "onion rings" in the same sentence, I'm thinking a generous serving-- namely 10 or more (plus the crispy bits).
Since the plate looked so empty, I added some extra rings.
I chose the Ahi Tuna Ciabatta burgers.
I definitely didn't taste any soy sauce, ginger, and garlic in these babies. They tasted like... ahi tuna cooked too long (isn't tuna best served rare?) and placed on a bun with a tomato. Plus, there was no anaheim chili dipping sauce-- something I probably would have asked for if I had remembered at the time. Perhaps it would have helped mask the other blah flavors?
JB realized midway through the meal that her sweet plantains were most likely bananas. A cost-saving measure on the part of Friday's?
Read her review to see how she thought it tasted. There's a metaphor involving salt, armpit hair, and silly putty if you need some motivation.
Dessert was the dark chocolate cupcake duo. It's pretty hard to mess up a cupcake, but I think Friday's could have tried a bit harder with the presentation. Ours included no fresh strawberry (natch) and the raspberry sauce was drizzled in such a way that it made it really difficult to dip the cupcake. We had no separate plates, so we were left to breaking the cupcake up and dredging it through the little line of jam. The choco-mousse topping was just all right.
Overall, I've eaten much, much better meals and desserts--even at Friday's! Items were cold, pieces were missing, flavor was lacking-- it was just completely underwhelming.
I want to put it out there that the people who created these dishes probably did have some good recipes to begin with. I'm sure with the proper ingredients and technique this review could have turned out much differently. Having your special recipe churned through the "family casual" style, mass-produced kitchens of Friday's probably has some ill effects. There's also the very likely possibility that this particular Friday's in downtown D.C. just sucks. Politicians only appear to be choosy when it comes to picking their escort for the night. Food is the afterthought.