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(NBC New York)   13 NJ TGI Fridays accused of selling well drinks labeled as premium brands, also not wearing enough flair   (nbcnewyork.com) divider line 154
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2013-05-22 03:14:25 PM
If you are paying for top shelf in your mixed drink, you deserve what you get.
 
2013-05-22 03:31:46 PM

EvilEgg: If you are paying for top shelf in your mixed drink, you deserve what you get.


This. Made waaaay too many Crown and Cokes when I was a bartender.
 
2013-05-22 03:44:13 PM
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2013-05-22 03:46:20 PM

EvilEgg: If you are paying for top shelf in your mixed drink, you deserve what you get.


Meh, if you want to drink yours straight, go for it.  Myself, if I want some tonic and a lime with my Bombay Sapphire, that's my own damned business.

/and bartenders, I can tell the difference and will send it back
 
2013-05-22 03:47:17 PM

EvilEgg: If you are paying for top shelf in your mixed drink, you deserve what you get.


Exactly.  The only way you can pass off Evan Williams black-label as Woodford Reserve is when it is mixed with Coke.

DRTFA, but knowing Jersey and TGIF clientele, I'm thinking that it was probably Fleischmann's Vodka and sprite instead of Grey Goose and sprite, as if anyone could tell the difference.  In fact, I've heard Kirkland-brand Vodka and Grey Goose are distilled in the same place.
 
2013-05-22 03:51:02 PM
This might explain why my last screaming orgasm wasn't up to par.
 
2013-05-22 03:54:47 PM
I can't believe the discerning customers at TGI Fridays couldn't tell the difference.
 
2013-05-22 04:01:59 PM

factoryconnection: EvilEgg: If you are paying for top shelf in your mixed drink, you deserve what you get.

Exactly.  The only way you can pass off Evan Williams black-label as Woodford Reserve is when it is mixed with Coke.

DRTFA, but knowing Jersey and TGIF clientele, I'm thinking that it was probably Fleischmann's Vodka and sprite instead of Grey Goose and sprite, as if anyone could tell the difference.  In fact, I've heard Kirkland-brand Vodka and Grey Goose are distilled in the same place.


I just threw up in my mouth a little. Fleischmann's is disgusting. There's not a mix in the world that can fix the taste of Seagram's or Fleischmann's.
 
2013-05-22 04:02:37 PM
Interesting, all of the TGIFridays listed are owned by the same franchisee, The Braid Restaurant Group. They only own 3 others in NJ. I wonder if this was corporate policy? And if so, I wonder if a RICO charge could be leveled?
 
2013-05-22 04:04:35 PM
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/obscure?
 
2013-05-22 04:05:00 PM

calbert: [res.moviezine.se.s3-external-3.amazonaws.com image 490x325]

/obscure?


Friends?
 
2013-05-22 04:06:52 PM

miss diminutive: calbert: [res.moviezine.se.s3-external-3.amazonaws.com image 490x325]

/obscure?

Friends?


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2013-05-22 04:34:17 PM

factoryconnection: EvilEgg: If you are paying for top shelf in your mixed drink, you deserve what you get.

Exactly.  The only way you can pass off Evan Williams black-label as Woodford Reserve is when it is mixed with Coke.

DRTFA, but knowing Jersey and TGIF clientele, I'm thinking that it was probably Fleischmann's Vodka and sprite instead of Grey Goose and sprite, as if anyone could tell the difference.  In fact, I've heard Kirkland-brand Vodka and Grey Goose are distilled in the same place.


The very idea of a premium vodka is a joke.  Vodka is the absence of flavour.  The best vodka is pure ethanol.
 
2013-05-22 04:38:28 PM

unyon: factoryconnection: EvilEgg: If you are paying for top shelf in your mixed drink, you deserve what you get.

Exactly.  The only way you can pass off Evan Williams black-label as Woodford Reserve is when it is mixed with Coke.

DRTFA, but knowing Jersey and TGIF clientele, I'm thinking that it was probably Fleischmann's Vodka and sprite instead of Grey Goose and sprite, as if anyone could tell the difference.  In fact, I've heard Kirkland-brand Vodka and Grey Goose are distilled in the same place.

The very idea of a premium vodka is a joke.  Vodka is the absence of flavour.  The best vodka is pure ethanol.


I think you answered your own question.
 
2013-05-22 04:54:21 PM

unyon: factoryconnection: EvilEgg: If you are paying for top shelf in your mixed drink, you deserve what you get.

Exactly.  The only way you can pass off Evan Williams black-label as Woodford Reserve is when it is mixed with Coke.

DRTFA, but knowing Jersey and TGIF clientele, I'm thinking that it was probably Fleischmann's Vodka and sprite instead of Grey Goose and sprite, as if anyone could tell the difference.  In fact, I've heard Kirkland-brand Vodka and Grey Goose are distilled in the same place.

The very idea of a premium vodka is a joke.  Vodka is the absence of flavour.  The best vodka is pure ethanol.


Stoli is as high up the shelf worth going. Otherwise you are paying for pretty bottles and expensive marketing campaigns.

I also love the people who try to order "top shelf" Long Islands. Wtf.....
 
2013-05-22 04:57:29 PM

calbert: [res.moviezine.se.s3-external-3.amazonaws.com image 490x325]

/obscure?


I wager there's hardly a single Farker who has ever seen that movie.
 
2013-05-22 04:57:52 PM
Uh, I was under the understanding at the end of the night, most bars fill up their top shelf alcohol bottles with the cheaper shiat.
 
2013-05-22 04:59:54 PM

unyon: factoryconnection: EvilEgg: If you are paying for top shelf in your mixed drink, you deserve what you get.

Exactly.  The only way you can pass off Evan Williams black-label as Woodford Reserve is when it is mixed with Coke.

DRTFA, but knowing Jersey and TGIF clientele, I'm thinking that it was probably Fleischmann's Vodka and sprite instead of Grey Goose and sprite, as if anyone could tell the difference.  In fact, I've heard Kirkland-brand Vodka and Grey Goose are distilled in the same place.

The very idea of a premium vodka is a joke.  Vodka is the absence of flavour.  The best vodka is pure ethanol.


I'd stuff my bottle of Tito's up your ass but I'm pouring some in a few hours.
 
2013-05-22 05:00:32 PM

Red Shirt Blues: EvilEgg: If you are paying for top shelf in your mixed drink, you deserve what you get.

This. Made waaaay too many Crown and Cokes when I was a bartender.


Crown is not top shelf.  Crown is garbage.
 
2013-05-22 05:00:33 PM
The one and only time I've been to a TGI Fridays was after a looooooooooooong day of traveling and we got to the hotel in Panama City next to the canal. We were hungry and thirsty and tired and the restaurant in the hotel was a Fridays. Bienvenido a Friday's!

I plan on keeping that my one and only experience at a TGIF. Fark that place.
 
2013-05-22 05:01:07 PM

EvilEgg: If you are paying for top shelf in your mixed drink, you deserve what you get.


Truth.
 
2013-05-22 05:01:13 PM
You mean they just figured this out? I thought this was SOP around the country.
 
2013-05-22 05:01:15 PM
I propose a new government job. I'll go from bar to bar with nips of top shelf liquors. I will have each bar pour me a shot of each kind of liquor. I will match shot for shot with my nips. If I notice any discrepancies I will make an appointment to revisit that bar at a later date and do the test again.

If they fail twice, I own the bar.
 
2013-05-22 05:02:23 PM

calbert: /obscure?


Very.
 
2013-05-22 05:02:59 PM

basemetal: EvilEgg: If you are paying for top shelf in your mixed drink, you deserve what you get.

Meh, if you want to drink yours straight, go for it.  Myself, if I want some tonic and a lime with my Bombay Sapphire, that's my own damned business.

/and bartenders, I can tell the difference and will send it back


You probably can (I can for sure) - incidentally try Citadelle if you like Bombay Sapphire...

*BUT* most people can't.

I had a poor friend in college who was dating a high dollar girl who constantly made him buy top shelf drinks for her (gin - Bombay Sapphire actually). Since I was a big gin guy and girls normally aren't, I was curious if she even knew the difference between that and wells. -Honestly I'm impressed by anyone who appreciates gin, especially the girls.

So I did a taste test on her for two drinks... she failed... I told her she was right... and let my friend know his drink bills were about to get a *lot* cheaper with this one.
 
2013-05-22 05:04:01 PM
I don't always order Swill, but when I do, it's at TGI Friday's.
 
2013-05-22 05:04:07 PM
What I order either comes from a shelf too high for the bartender to reach...or from a plastic jug on the ground.  There is no in-between when it comes to whiskey.
 
2013-05-22 05:05:51 PM

Sybarite: I can't believe the discerning customers at TGI Fridays couldn't tell the difference.


TFA: "Officials said more than 100 state investigators worked on the probe, which involved customer complaints..."
 
2013-05-22 05:06:43 PM
Thank God It's Georgi.
 
2013-05-22 05:07:06 PM
Wait persons at TGITMA (Thank God It's the Middle Ages) have to wear chain mail that looks like flair. On the plus side, many a wait person has been saved from sneek attacks with dirks and daggers, and the occasional sword. The helmets help.

I'm just making that up. But if the Potzrebie Effect is real, the fact that I can conceive it means that it actually exists in another universe somewhere.

I figure if there is anything as improbable as a "Thank God It's Monday" coffee mug, there must be a universe where TGITMA's is a real thing. Don't we have Renaissance Fayres and Medieval dinner and a mélee places? Why wouldn't people go for a Medieval Theme Restaurant, heavy on the beef, with edible trenchers of bread?

Trencher men (fatties) would love it.

All you can eat Sir Loin, Baron of Beef, Count de Monnaie, Duke of Earl, and Bugs Bunny broiled rabbit platters.

No potatoes though. That would be going too far, namely to the New World and back.

Yes, it's a good world. And as it's creator, I get to to freeload at all the restaurants I invent, all the hotels I invent, and duty free shops. Creator's Discount. OR ELSE.
 
2013-05-22 05:08:53 PM
Wouldnt that pretty much be automatic forfeiture of their liquor license?  The fact that it was many TGI Friday's would also suggest it was a bit more than just a weekday manager trying to squeeze a few bucks more into the profit margin.  Assuming it came from any higher up you can probably add racketeering charges as well.

/We all know that thirteen 40-something-year old female managers are about to get thrown under a bus but this sounds a lot "sleazier" than that.
 
2013-05-22 05:09:25 PM

basemetal: EvilEgg: If you are paying for top shelf in your mixed drink, you deserve what you get.

Meh, if you want to drink yours straight, go for it.  Myself, if I want some tonic and a lime with my Bombay Sapphire, that's my own damned business.

/and bartenders, I can tell the difference and will send it back


Same here with Tanqueray. Rail gin is horrible swill and I can tell the difference.
 
2013-05-22 05:09:41 PM
At least they got alcohol. How many times I ordered a drink at Tipsy McSwaggers and received nary a buzz for my trouble. Hard Rock, I'm looking at you!
 
2013-05-22 05:10:09 PM

EvilEgg: If you are paying for top shelf in your mixed drink

  go to TGI Fridays, you deserve what you get.

Fixed.
 
2013-05-22 05:10:10 PM

ecmoRandomNumbers: There's not a mix in the world that can fix the taste of Seagram's or Fleischmann's.


Haha you haven't had terrible vodak til you've had Heaven Hills. That shiat tastes exactly how rubbing alcohol smells. For $12 a 1.75 liter bottle Barton's is alright. TAAKA is decent but the name makes me think it's a sound the heavy in tf2 would make.
 
2013-05-22 05:10:34 PM
The hell with getting the brand right.  It seems lately that too many places can't even get the LIQUOR right.  Since when does a Gimlet or a Mojito involve vodka without specifying so (or even if you specify it)?  Apparently since vodka got cheap, I guess...  For that matter, even the venerable Martini deserves to be labeled as a Vodka Martini when that substitution is made.  At least freakin' ask before you dump Grey Goose on me instead of the gin, rum, or whatever cocktail I asked for and think I won't frickin' notice.  Well is fine, but at least give me what I ordered!  Geez.
 
2013-05-22 05:10:56 PM
Friendly advice: never say "obscure?" when the reference is RIGHT THERE IN THE FARKING HEADLINE.

Color me shocked that the sophisticated palettes among TGIF clientele were unable to suss this out.
 
2013-05-22 05:11:29 PM

NASAM: Red Shirt Blues: EvilEgg: If you are paying for top shelf in your mixed drink, you deserve what you get.

This. Made waaaay too many Crown and Cokes when I was a bartender.

Crown is not top shelf.  Crown is garbage.


Oh look, it's that guy.
 
2013-05-22 05:12:05 PM

NASAM: Red Shirt Blues: EvilEgg: If you are paying for top shelf in your mixed drink, you deserve what you get.

This. Made waaaay too many Crown and Cokes when I was a bartender.

Crown is not top shelf.  Crown is garbage.


Crown isn't garbage- overrated perhaps, but not garbage.  It's not proper rye, though.  That corn blend that gives it sweetness and drinkability straight cuts too much of the edge off the rye.

Good rye whiskey, drunk straight, should start like lighter fluid and end like a chainsaw.
 
2013-05-22 05:12:45 PM
I just wish weights and measures would get involved.  I'm sick of being served a "pint" in a 13oz, heavy-bottomed shaker glass.
 
2013-05-22 05:13:30 PM
God, just the mention of Grey Goose in this thread and already I'm imagining the smell of Axe and hearing the "'Sup, bro?" greetings.
 
2013-05-22 05:13:47 PM

keepitcherry: NASAM: Red Shirt Blues: EvilEgg: If you are paying for top shelf in your mixed drink, you deserve what you get.

This. Made waaaay too many Crown and Cokes when I was a bartender.

Crown is not top shelf.  Crown is garbage.

Oh look, it's that guy.


Which one?  The one that recognizes and appreciates good whiskey?
 
2013-05-22 05:14:24 PM
TGI Friday's is horrible. Whenever I order a Screaming Viking there, it's impossible to get one with a bruised cucumber.
 
2013-05-22 05:15:25 PM

Gabrielmot: basemetal: EvilEgg: If you are paying for top shelf in your mixed drink, you deserve what you get.

Meh, if you want to drink yours straight, go for it.  Myself, if I want some tonic and a lime with my Bombay Sapphire, that's my own damned business.

/and bartenders, I can tell the difference and will send it back

You probably can (I can for sure) - incidentally try Citadelle if you like Bombay Sapphire...

*BUT* most people can't.


If it was vodka, or some other spirit, I wouldn't know the difference, but I have had to tell a bartender to open the new bottle because that's not Bombay.  (a couple of times my buddy and I both looked at each other and told the waitress, that's not Sapphire).

/will try the Citadelle
 
2013-05-22 05:15:34 PM
EW! EW! Is this that thread? I LOVE this thread.

Ahum, Bombay Sapphire is for posers that don't know about important things and also they smell bad and are dumb and have saggy balls with funny smells that are unimportant.

Hendrick's or Broker's are the only gins for people that are not posers and know about important things and smell like top-shelf hooker perfume and are very smart with tight, high, large balls that smell like top shelf hooker pussy and are important.
 
2013-05-22 05:15:42 PM

Super Chronic: Friendly advice: never say "obscure?" when the reference is RIGHT THERE IN THE FARKING HEADLINE.

Color me shocked that the sophisticated palettes among TGIF clientele were unable to suss this out.


So what you're saying is the reference was so completely not obscure from both references in both the headline and the picture, that when he typed "obscure" it became near comical?

I think you and I have discovered a new form of comedy.
 
2013-05-22 05:16:29 PM

theorellior: God, just the mention of Grey Goose in this thread and already I'm imagining the smell of Axe and hearing the "'Sup, bro?" greetings.


Not as much with Grey Goose. Totally with Three Olives.
 
2013-05-22 05:16:29 PM

Gabrielmot: basemetal: EvilEgg: If you are paying for top shelf in your mixed drink, you deserve what you get.

Meh, if you want to drink yours straight, go for it. Myself, if I want some tonic and a lime with my Bombay Sapphire, that's my own damned business.

/and bartenders, I can tell the difference and will send it back

You probably can (I can for sure) - incidentally try Citadelle if you like Bombay Sapphire...




Also, "tonic and lime" isn't going to do much to mask the flavor. Orange juice, Coke, and things that actually have a flavor themselves might do a bit more.

/wtf is a "well drink"?
 
2013-05-22 05:16:52 PM
FTFA: "The investigation was dubbed "Operation Swill" and found 29 bars and restaurants serving well-brand alcohol in place of premium"

What in the raging fark is "well-brand alcohol"?  The whole point of well alcohol is that it isn't brandname. (And tastes like salty piss, but that's a different matter.)
 
2013-05-22 05:17:52 PM

Those SNL fake ads were pretty good sometimes. More than once it was nearly over before I realized that it was a fake.

Remember the Gay Beer ad with Chris Farley and the gorgeous pool boys? the Diamonds are Forever parody with lesbians? Those were two of many that fooled me at least part way through. Ah, sometimes SNL was as good as it used to be*.

And sometimes it was ahead of its time.

*I allude to the tale that somebody once complained to Mr. Mark Lemon, co-founder and a long time Editor of PUNCH magazine that it wasn't what it used to be and he replied modestly that it never was.

Mark Lemon's father was a hop merchant in London, which brings us back to beer.

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Mark Lemon bore a slight resemblance to Chris Farley
 
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