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You Belong At Applebees!

  • Sep 3, 2000
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Pros: Versatile; Fun atmosphere; Great food

Cons: Sometimes the food is a little cold

I had never heard of Applebees until about two years ago while performing at the Airport Playhouse in Bohemia, New York. After the first performance, everyone started singing the Applebees jingle, "You belong at Applebees!" When I asked what it was from, you could have heard a pin drop in the dressing room. I was simply told it was a tradition, and I had to go.

That started my Applebees craves. After virtually every show, we'd head out to the fun little restaurant for a bite to eat. Since smoking is allowed only in the bar area, that's where we'd usually sit. Sometimes, we'd just get drinks and desserts, other times we'd be hungry enough to get appetizers or full dinners. Regardless of what we ate or drank, I can't remember any time where we were dissatisfied with the food and/or service.

Since living in Alaska, I have been to several different restaurants. These include Denny's, Red Robin, Wendy's, several local restaurants, and, of course, Applebees. Needless to say, Applebees remains my favorite.

Like the Applebees in New York, the only area you're allowed to smoke is the bar area, which is great since I'm not a smoker. The one I'm talking about it right on Tudor Road, near University of Alaska Anchorage. It's a great location, very accessible. The people there are super nice, and there's hardly ever a long wait.

The other night, I went with my friend, Erik, and had the Stuffed Southwestern Chicken with garlic mashed potatoes and green beans with bacon. The chicken was AMAZING!!! It was hot and good and stuffed with cheese and peppers. . . I'm salivating just thinking about it. The mashed potatoes weren't as hot, and they had a little too much garlic. The green beans just didn't float my boat. I didn't like the bacon added in them. Just a little odd for me.

Erik had the steak with cheese, peppers, and onions on it with the same sides as I had. The steak was delicious! It was cooked perfectly. While I originally thought the melted cheese on it would be odd, it actually tasted pretty good.

The best dessert to get at Applebees is the blondie. It comes to your table in a skillet, absolutely piping hot with vanilla ice cream melting on it. There's gooey caramel dripping all over it. Yum! It will definitely suit anyone with a sweet tooth.

Applebees is quite a versatile restaurant. I'll go there with my mom and sister one week, then on a date the next. There are tons of families that go, as well as large groups of friends. If you've never been there, you ought to give it a try.



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October 09, 2010
My hubby and I really like Applebee's. If you've never been, you should give it a shot!
 
October 08, 2010
Garlic mashed potatoes? With chicken? And string beans with bacon? That sounds so good! Never been before, but hmmm, I think it's worth trying at least once :P Thanks for sharing this great review, Candice!
 
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Quick Tip by . October 20, 2010
posted in Dining Out
A tasty menu but the Applebee's I've been to had a long wait and chlorine flavored water. I've only been to the one a couple of times, maybe it was just mine.
Quick Tip by . June 07, 2010
Half-off apps after 10pm = wonderful
review by . December 13, 2008
A friend and I went here for lunch one day for a "girls day out."  It was the first time I'd been there so I wasn't sure what to order.  I went ahead and ordered he Chicken Penne.  And it was fabulous!   The ticket came to just over $10 a person so it's pretty cheap to eat there.  This is now my favorite restaurant in town! I love the staff, always so friendly and helpful. And their food is really nice. Service was quick and the waitress even stopped for some …
review by . December 13, 2008
In general and if they're an option local places do it better then Applebees. This goes for all the chain eateries. As a former employee (cook) of both chains (Applebees) and local spots, small businesses seem to put more 'love' into their food.
review by . May 30, 2008
Pros: Braille menus; numerous selections; relatively inexpensive, considering quality; tasty entrees; service; curbside delivery.     Cons: Ambiance; some entrees and sides are of inferior quality.     The Bottom Line: Four words: Three-Cheese Chicken Penne. Need I expound on such delights?     THE FIVE MAJOR FOOD GROUPS      These consist of cheese, garlic, pasta, crunchy bread, and more cheese. Particularly when I …
review by . July 24, 2005
Pros: Good service.     Cons: Sub-par food.     The Bottom Line: We are very displeased with Applebee’s. The atmosphere is agreeable, the service is always good, but the food is sub-par.     Ah Saturdays, made for rest and relaxation, for sleeping late and watching all of those TiVo’ed programs you recorded during the week and now have the change to watch. Yeah Right! Saturday’s are really for running all of those errands you were …
review by . August 22, 2002
Pros: good prices and quick service     Cons: b-r-r-r-r-r     The Bottom Line: What is it? "Eating good in the neighborhood"? Sounds about right.        I’ve decided I have become proficient at making bad choices. Perhaps it is because when Surg & I decide to finally go out to eat somewhere we suddenly become stealth. As invisible diners, we seldom are shown a table, we never converse with a waitress, we never get served – but …
review by . July 02, 2000
Pros: Delicious food and good service     Cons: Limited menu, need menu for children     We have eaten at our local Applebee's Restaurant several times. Today we took our daughter, Jessica and our granddaughter, Brooklyn Jean there for dinner. The atmosphere is always friendly and the restaurant is clean. The bathroom has accommodations for babies and the handicap individuals.      Whenever I go there, I tend to order the same thing. So …
review by . October 13, 2000
Pros: Fifty types of chicken!     Cons: Bland, wretched cuisine designed to hasten the downfall of Western civ.     Oddly, the Applebee's web site offers more damnation of its restaurants than I ever could. From a section touting its children's menu:      This is your restaurant. No brussels sprouts or lima beans. We don't even try to sell liver. Kids love the yummy food on their own special menu at Applebee's. Your tummy will love it, …
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Applebee’s International, Inc. is a United States company which develops, franchises, and operates the Applebee's Neighborhood Grill and Bar restaurant chain. As of November 25, 2007, there were 1,965 restaurants operating system-wide in all 50 states, 17 countries, and one U.S. territory.

The Applebee's concept focuses on casual dining with mainstream American dishes such as salads, shrimp, chicken, pasta, and "riblets" (which is considered Applebee's signature item). All Applebee's restaurants feature a bar area and serve alcoholic beverages (except where prohibited by law).

In November 2007, IHOP announced that it had completed a $1.9 billion purchase of the Applebee's chain.
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