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An American chain of casual dining restaurants.

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Our Applebee's is a "OK"!

  • Jul 2, 2000
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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 today, I ordered the honey almond chicken spinach salad. I got the half size for $4.99. They have the full size salad for $6.79, but I wanted to leave room for dessert! (of course). My spinach was fresh and crispy, the fresh strawberries complimented the sugary Oriental vinaigrette dressing. The red onion rings and toasted almonds gave the salad a nice change. I thought that this dressing was a little too sweet for my tastebuds. It comes with the Bovoli oven bread, which I declined. I really enjoyed this light salad for a change, but I would not want to eat it very often.

My husband, Randy, ordered his usual which was chicken fajitas for $8.79.
They served him a generous portion of marinated grilled chicken and the usual condiments that you eat on your fajitas. Needless to say, he ate everything on his plate! My daughter, Jessica ordered the chicken and broccoli pasta alfredo for $7.59. She enjoyed her meal of fettuccine noodles with Alfredo sauce, broccoli and marinated chicken breast. She was unable to eat the entire meal.

Of course, we always have room for dessert which happened to be the white chocolate and walnut blondie for $3.59. This delicious blondie was served with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, walnuts and warm maple butter sauce. This was a great dessert, but very rich. So the hot cup of coffee complimented this dessert.

Our total cost for three people was around $30 not including the tip. The service was great. Our waitress kept our drinks full and checked on us frequently. They even gave our granddaughter Brooklyn, a pink balloon! This is a family friendly restaurant, but I do not think I would take my family there at night. I feel the evening crowd is more for social drinking and couples. Applebee's has a great parking area which is well-lit. It has an easy entry and exit with a traffic light to help you. It is nice to know that this is a chain restaurant and that you can look forward to eating there when you travel.

I would like to add to this epinion to include other entrees, desserts and prices. I did not mention the appetizers because I did not order them. They offer buffalo chicken wings with celery stick and Bleu cheese dressing for $5.49. For the vegetarian, you can order mozzarella sticks potato skins or veggie patch pizza for $5.29 each. If you like a Mexican flavor, they have supreme nachos for $5.99 and topped with fajita-marinated chicken breast or sirloin steak for an additional $1.00. Another spicy appetizer is what they call the Santa Fe sampler for $6.29. This is a sampler platter with cheese Quesadilla, three jalapen poppers, and chili nachos with a salsa and mexi-ranch dip. They have the house salad for $2.99 or $1.99 when ordered with an entree. I have had their salads before and they are fresh and crisp. I usually order my dressing on the side so I can control how much I get.

They offer some low fat entrees which include blackened chicken salad for $6.79. It has less than 9 grams of regular fat and is served with their non-fat honey-mustard dressing. They also have a low-fat garlic chicken pasta for $7.29. This is fresh steamed vegetables and lemon herb chicken on top of angel hair pasta. I noticed several people ordering this item and it looked delicious! Applebees also serve a 9 oz.sirloin steak with your choice of two side dishes and Boboli oven bread for $9.99. There is also a riblet platter of hickory-roasted rib tips with spicy barbecue sauce and your choice of two side dishes for $9.99. For the fish lover you can order the grilled salmon for $7.49. They offer several different types of grilled burgers for around %.99.

There dessert menu includes fiesta fried cheesecake which is a tortilla-wrapped wedge of creamy New York-style cheesecake fried crisp and topped with strawberry sauce, powdered sugar and whipped cream for $2.99. Most of their desserts are around $3.59 and include the cinnamon-apple crisp ala mode which consists of baked apples, cinnamon and spices topped with their cinnamon-brown sugar and streusel and served with vanilla ice cream and caramel sauce. They even have a low-fat and fabulous brownie sundae which is a brownie wedge with fat-free frozen vanilla yogurt and non-fat hot fudge with only 4 grams of fat.

They also offer their signature alcoholic drinks which I never order. They have a variety of mixed drinks including the mud slide, their classic bloody Mary, the bahama mama and the margarita. They also have a variety of hand-crafted and imported beers. I do not know the prices of their drinks. I usually order the ice tea, lemonade or coffee.They vary from $1.29 to $1.99. I think that Applebee's offer a great variety of food and drinks for all!


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October 08, 2010
Nice to hear that Applebee's been treating you well! Thanks for sharing this great review, Jean :)
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I am Nana to two beautiful granddaughters, Brooke age 11 and Maddy age 8. I love to watch Brooke play volleyball (starting server) and Maddy cheer! I am a Christian and I am married To Randy who teaches … more
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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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