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An American chain of casual dining restaurants.

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Are There Better Places?

  • Dec 13, 2008
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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.

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March 12, 2009
Again as a former employee I have many 'horror' stores I'll keep to myself. Those kind of things, sadly, happen at many restuarants. More places need to be like some of my fav Mexican places in Chicago. My feeling is, if they let you walk through the kitchen to get to the same restroom they use, it's solid! (or at least you can get a close look and judge for yourself)
 
March 11, 2009
I'm not a big fan. I once went there and ordered an Asian vegetable salad or something--and they decided to put all these slimy stir-fried veggies on top of my salad, turning the whole thing to tasteless mush. Ugh. I kinda like the comfort most chain eateries provide sometimes, but this one I avoid. There are so many great restaurants, why waste the time?
 
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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 . 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 . September 03, 2000
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 …
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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