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 have a cold, these elements provide far better medical intervention than cough suppressants or Kleenex Cold Care. I have never been fond of chicken soupno matter how talented the chef. Rather, all colds must be treated with macaroni and cheese, lasagna, spaghetti topped with freshly-grated parmesan, manicotti stuffed with ricotta, three-chese chicken penneah! Delicious! As you can see, I happen to be as enamored of cheese as a certain unnamed Epinions member is of potatoes. Hmm. If we ever attend the same Meet and Greet, the caterers shall have to provide potatoes au gratin!
Anyway, yesterday was characterized by turulent activity; no one possessed either the motivation or the time to cook. Never one to abuse illegal substances, I was nevertheless sinking into withdrawal. I must have pastanow! When my family does not wish to inflict injury upon our wallets, hoes to find a restaurant that will please everyones selective tastes, and seeks delicious yet convenient food, we turn to Applebees.
BARRING THE BASS...
The restaurant is similar to Chilis in its chaotic ambiance. A bar is located in a prominent location ; tables and booths line the walls of the establishment. More often than not, loud music is playing. I am not particularly fond of any instrument not included in Debussys classical works, so I find this blatant bias toward percussion to be somewhat disconcerting. However, the quality of the food and service render this restaurant quite pleasurable for an occasional plunge into the realm of gustatory delight.
Throughout my eight years experience with Applebees, I have been overjoyed to learn that all restaurants in this chain are supplied with Braille menus. These are complete and up-to-date; they even come equipped with prices! This stands in direct contrast to chains such as the Olive Garden, where Braille menus contain very little pricing information. To refrain from putting prices on Braille menus is the height of discrimination; I am glad that Applebees does not engage in this practice.
SPLENDID SELECTIONS, CHAOTIC CONCOCTIONS
The local Applebees menu offers a vast array of American dishes. Translation: The menu is a fascinating melange of Italian, German, Mexican, and Chinese cuisine, with some added sodium and inauthentic ingredients. Offered are appetizers, salads, sandwiches, a Weight Watchers menu, steak, chicken, seafood, and the all-important pasta, that group which is so essential to existence. Prices are quite reasonable and seldom become higher than $15.
For its sheer splendor, my family always begins a meal with Applebees Spinach and Artichoke dip. The dip is a smooth blend of spinach, artichokes, and Asiago and parmesan cheeses. The exquisite dish is served with tortilla chips and salsa; however, the dip itself is so wonderful as to render the salsa unnecessary. Although the dip varies in consistency, the ingredients temporarily irradicate all other thoughts. Why focus on academics or housekkeeping when one can immerse oneself in the relationship between one sense and one perfect harmony of flavors? The Spinach and Artichoke dip costs $6.99, but it is worth twice that. This is one of the best appetizers that I have ever encountered.
After sharing that delectible dip, my family orders widely varying dishes. My father generally selects a sirloin steak, adds sauteed mushrooms and onions, and proceeds to carefully guard a sumptuous feast that would delight even I, who am not terribly fond of steak. I have tasted his steak in the past and found it superior to most; the mushrooms and onions add some flavor to the potentially unimaginative dish.
My sister and mother generally order grilled chicken, of which there are many selections. At one time, Applebees served an excellent Smothered Grilled Chicken Breast. This was bedecked with onions, peppers, mushrooms, Monterey Jack and Cheddar cheeses, andoddl enoughan unidentifiable sort of lime flavoring. The lime is not listed in the menu description, but it is clearly present. If you can find this wonderful item, do not be deterred by my description; the hint of lime is actually quite tasty, once one accustoms himself to it. However, you may have difficulty finding this item. Although the online menu lists the Smothered Grilled Chicken, my Braille menu did not, and I do not recall any sighted person in my party mentioning it as available on the standard menu.
Upon once failing to find a suitable dish, my mother attempted to order from the Weight Watchers menu. Her Tortilla Chicken Melt proved a disaster. The melt contains Chipotle chicken, low-fat cheeses, carrots, corn, red peppers and onions, broccoli, and mushrooms. The bizarre concoction is grilled and sandwiched between two tortillas, like a quesadilla. I suppose that Applebees should not be blamed, as they never advertised the Tortilla Chicken Melt as a quesadilla, strictly speaking. Yet, the idea of putting corn and broccoli in such a dish is simply unappetizing. For the $7.49 that my poor mother spent on this, we could easily have purchased more appealing food from McDonalds. Yes, it was that intolerable. Neither my mother nor my sister could eat it; I was not nearly courageous enough to subject my palate to that disgrace.
For you see, dear reader, much better culinary pleasures awaited me. Applebees Three-Cheese Chicken Penne is simply delightful. The penne pasta is topped with Alfredo sauce; Mozzarella, Provolone, and Parmesan cheeses; basel; and fresh tomato. Do I detect a hint of garlic? I would write more concerning this magnificent repast, but simply thinking of it has dulled my senses to anything else. I shall say that the feast costs $10.49. It is comparable to any meal served at the Olive Garden and is certainly worth the price.
If dining at the restaurant rather than requesting a to-go order, the presentation of this three-cheese delight is downright elegant. Rather than being served on a standard plate, the pasta is artfully displayed in a ceramic bowl adorned with elaborate designs. Have I convinced you yet that there is no cuisine like Italian cuisine? Even potatoes au gratin cannot compare!
My one qualm lies with the bread. In the Golden Era of Garlic, approximately a year and a half ago, Applebees served a generous slice of cheese toast with the penne. The bread was crisp, substantial, and topped with garlic. Now, however, Applebees seems to have lowered its standards. The unhappy recipient of Applebees bread is now presented with a soggy, greasy, narrow piece of bread-like material. No garlic, no cheese, no flavor save that of grease, no true texture. Hmm. Perhaps that bread would nicely round out the Tortilla Chicken Melt.
Mind you, Applebees does not serve dishes exclusively rich in cheese. If you detest that most marvelous French and Italian delicacy, I pity you and lament for your poor taste-buds. Yet, you need not fear when dining at Applebees. The menu contains several herb-enhanced chicken dishes, seafood specialties, salads, steaks, and even a cheese-free pasta. Nearly everyone should be able to locate something suitable at Applebees at a rate not terribly high. For standard American fare, this restaurant is inferior to none.
Of course, if you do not care to eat a meal at all, desserts await! We all have those moments: Chocolate, chocolate, chocolatemust have chocolate! Or, raspberry, icecream, or more chocolate! Although I have eaten dessert at this establishment only once, I am intimately acquainted with such cravings. During chocolate withdrawal, the Tripple Chocolate Meltdown provides a perfect blend of dark and white chocolate, which graces the top of a fudge-filled chocolate cake. Delischimous! (Did I ever mention that English majors are permitted to coin words at will?)
THE BAD NEWS IS, SHE SINGS OFF-KEY!
For the most part, service at Applebees is exemplary, or, at the very least, satisfactory. Much of the time, my family eliminates the need for full service by ordering our meals to-go. For those wishing to take such measures, Applebees has conveniently implemented curbside service. Call in your three-cheese penneI mean, our order!and park in the area designated for curbside service. You will be asked to describe your vehicle when placing the order. Orders generally take ten to fifteen minutes to process, at which point your food and the check will be brought directly to your vehicle. My family and I appreciate the convenience that this system affords.
If you choose to dine in the restaurant, service is generally attentive and the staff is friendly. This is particularly true if a member of your party is celebrating a birthday. In such cases, the guest of honor is presented with a smal dessert and a song. This is not the wel-worn, traditional Happy Birthday song. Rather, it is a little tune unique to Applebees, complete with entertaining, lyrical remarks about the waitress singing. The good news is, we sing for free / The bad news is, she [the server] sings off-key! These little celebrations are so very enjoyable to witness.
The Applebees that we have most frequently patronized is located near North Academy Boulevard and is located at
7625 Goddard Street Colorado Springs, CO 80920
They may be contacted at (719) 535-2799.
This is an excellent restaurant, save for the greasy bread. I highly recommend it to all individuals seeking standard cuisine of superior quality.
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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.