Frankie and Benny's the New York Italian restaurant chain has become a bit of a favourite of ours in the last couple of years. Prior to that I never really went there, I am not one for chain restaurants in general as I find the food always disappoints me BUT not so with Frankie and Benny's. I'm not sure if we are super lucky with our local Stevenage restaurant or if they are all as good as this one. The staff there are really friendly, very efficient and keep a good restaurant and the food is very delicious.
Dh and I went along to try out the new specials menu last week one lunchtime when they kids were at school. It is funny how things change as you get older and have children. It used to be that all our dates were on an evening and involved being out for hours, nowadays it is often about lunchtime and just an hour or two, but still equally as enjoyable.
The Specials Menu is available all day Sunday through to Friday and presents really excellent value, especially on an evening. You can have 2 courses for £10.95 and even add on a third course for another £2.25.
On the day I had the Philly Cheese Steak Sandwich followed by Salt Caramel Cheesecake and dh had Meatball Siciliana Calzone and Banoffee Brownie. We each tried a bit of all the meals and I can honestly say I'd of been happy to eat any of them. When we go back I will have the Philly Cheese Steak Sandwich again though - it was such a big portion and the chips are very good, they have a sort of rough quality to them and are super tasty.
I would find it hard to choose between the cheesecake and brownie as they were both excellent, we will probably have to share again. As we ordered I mentioned that I love salt caramel sauce and the waitress bought me an extra pot, which was a nice touch.
We both had a soft drink and these are £2.55 each which is about the norm for this kind of family restaurant. While we were there someone had a birthday and a big bear came out along with a cake and some music was played across the restaurant and the young teenager was thoroughly embarrassed to have such a big fuss made of her. We both commented that our kids would love that!
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Thanks for Frankie and Benny's for a really great meal.
Disclosure: We were provided with our meals free of charge for the purposes of this review. I have not been instructed hat to write and I remain honest.