T.G.I. Friday’s Nacho Potato Skins

12 May 2011 by Shawn Parow Category: a queso the munchies
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Shawn is the mastermind behind eat!drink!snack! He eats, drinks, rambles and has absolutely no problem with being your snack monkey. In this column, A Queso The Munchies, Shawn will be reviewing any and every snack he can find that’s deemed “Nacho” or nacho-related.

The last time I snuggled my ass into a booth at a T.G.I. Friday’s, Napster was cool, The Backstreet Boys were king & Slick Willie was president. I haven’t been back since then & here’s why: As an eating establishment, T.G.I. Friday’s is the restaurant equivalent of a bad acid trip, a gaudily-decorated chain restaurant that serves up crappy 1,000+ calorie entrees & plays it off like they’re all gourmet or creative or something. If I was trapped in a mall during the zombie apocalypse or my fiancée had slept with my brother & T.G.I. Friday’s was the closest place I could drive my pickup to to get drunk, I might go there again. Other than that, no thanks.

There, I said it.

That doesn’t mean that I’m not open to eating the crappy freezer versions of their dishes in the interest of journalism though, so I recently picked up a box of T.G.I. Friday’s Nacho Potato Skins whilst grocery shopping. They’re one of the chain’s line of products designed to help you “get the great taste of T.G.I. Friday’s straight from your freezer!”

TGI Friday's Nacho Potato Skins

I guess they’re sort of like Irish nachos, as they’re potato skins stuffed with cheddar cheese, taco-seasoned pork & beef, bell peppers & bacon. In the psychedelic-altered minds of the T.G.I. Friday’s execs, that combo of ingredients apparently equals “nacho.”

When I first popped open the package, I was rather scared.

TGI Friday's Nacho Potato Skins Frozen

Once heated up, they’re less scary…

TGI Friday's Nacho Potato Skins Cooked

TGI Friday's Nacho Potato Skins Cooked

…& surprisingly, they’re relatively tasty. Cheese is almost always tasty when poured on potato skins, the taco-seasoned pork & beef are as edible as you can expect from a frozen food product and the bacon pieces add nicely to the overall saltiness. As for the bell peppers, they’re there, but they sort of get lost amongst all the other ingredients. The same holds true for the salsa & jalapenos, which are both listed in the ingredients but are both entirely unnoticeable.

All together, the taste of the Nacho Potato Skins actually reminded me of nachos and as much as I want to talk shit about T.G.I. Friday’s, in the end, I actually liked them. If nothing, they’re a great cure for a queso the munchies.

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