One of the most difficult chain restaurants to plan for is TGI Fridays. They do offer an allergen menu with top allergen icons, but it’s near worthless for dairy-free and allergen diners due to its lack of detail. We’ve created the very mini dairy-free menu for TGI Friday’s below, with some additional details to help in custom ordering.
Dairy-Free Menu Guide for TGI Fridays
This is the U.S. guide. In Australia, there isn’t a single item listed on the menu as milk-free (even the coleslaw contains dairy). On the contrary, U.K. customers can enjoy a small Vegan Menu.
- Half-Rack of Apple Butter BBQ Ribs
Heads Up! The Apple Butter BBQ Ribs main is listed as containing milk. Likely due to the sides.
- Honey Mustard
- Sesame Citrus
- Fresh Fruit
- Marinara Pasta
Why Does Almost Everything at TGI Fridays contain Milk / Dairy?
The reason the dairy-free options are so anemic at TGI Fridays is because they put allergen icons on any food item that’s at risk for cross-contamination with that allergen. Even their plain Chips & Salsa are listed as containing six top allergens! In reality, all foods are at risk for potential cross-contamination with allergens, particularly in a commercial kitchen.
When visiting TGI Fridays, I have spoken with a manager, and they are able to tell me which items are made without dairy. Some locations can even accommodate clean grill or sauté pan cooking if cross-contamination is a concern. But like most restaurant kitchens, they do use shared fryers, shared grills, and shared utensils in everyday preparation of menu items.
TGI Fridays Allergen Menu
Click the image for the full-size, two-page allergen menu for TGI Fridays.
Where to Find TGI Fridays
TGI Friday’s currently has over 900 restaurants in about 60 countries. See the website below to find locations, hours, and more.
This Post is for Informational Purposes Only
Menus, ingredients, kitchen procedures, management, and restaurants are subject to change at any time. Always read the menu and discuss your dietary needs with the staff before ordering. Make sure that they can accommodate your situation. This post is for informational purposes only, and should not be construed as advice.
There is always a risk for potential cross-contamination of allergens in any commercial kitchen. If cross-contamination is an issue for you, always speak with the manager to ensure that your meal can be safely prepared. Listings here do not guarantee that a restaurant is safe enough for your individual needs. Only you can make that decision.
Where to Find TGI Fridays
TGI Friday’s currently has over 800 restaurants in about 60 countries. See the website below for addresses, hours, and online ordering.
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THEY DON'T CARE
TGIF is concerned about making money and I get that as a business. But I feel my experience was a FAIL. I TOO felt that management was ANNOYED by me. Luckily I ate some chicken wings when I went after sending the pasta back. But some people I understand may not even want to do that because they are very lax. And if they are THAT LAX, there isn’t any telling if there is CROSS CONTAMINATION. There are LEVELS to NON DAIRY allergies. Some people have it mild and can eat SOME STUFF and some of US have to be REALLY STRICT. It is not anyone’s fault. And I feel that if a company gets irritated with a PAYING CUSTOMER for asking questions, then maybe , just maybe, they shouldn’t be patronized.