Applebee's Grilled Chicken & fries

What to Order at Applebee’s if You Have Dietary Restrictions

If you’re traveling across the U.S. and around the world, chances are you’ll come across an Applebee’s. They have 2,000 locations across the globe, including Canada, the Caribbean, Middle East, & the Netherlands. The ubiquitous chain offers a variety of foods from burgers to pasta to tacos to seafood.

Fun fact: Applebee’s original name was Applebee’s Rx for Edibles & Elixirs. What a name right? The Applebee’s concept was sold in 1983 and the name was changed to Applebee’s Neighborhood Bar & Grill three years later. For a more in depth history lesson, check out the “Our History” page.

We nearly went to Applebee’s on Veteran’s Day, but they were swamped; there were no parking spaces open. Our dad called tonight & asked us if we wanted to go to dinner. Turns out I needed a new restaurant to review, so we decided to try our luck going Applebee’s. We had a later dinner, so we were lucky to miss the rush.


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Although Nikki looked over the allergen menu online, she asked for one at the restaurant. FYI: If you view the Allergen or Nutrition menus on a laptop/desktop, it automatically downloads it. On the mobile site, it opens a PDF file. Our server brought Nikki a binder with each page in a sheet protector. The menu is broken down in categories such as Appetizers, Soups & Salads, Steaks, etc. There are columns for each sensitivity (such as soy). It was easy to read. Our waiter even made a suggestion of what was popular for gluten-free patrons (Nikki would’ve had to take too much off in order to fit her needs). Since each location is different, she asked several questions. One question was what the food was cooked in; he checked with the cook he wasn’t sure what all was in the oil.

On the menu, the grilled chicken was marked as safe for Nikki to have. The fries were also marked safe for her to eat, so she got a double order (it was also the only side she could have other than a plain salad). She often has to miss out eating fries and takes advantage when she can.

Applebee's Grilled Chicken & fries
Let there be fries!


For those of you with food sensitivities/allergies, you are about to see foods that may not be suitable for you to consume. Please scroll down…now.



Our dad ordered the BBQ Brisket Tacos with fries. He really enjoyed them.

Applebee's Beef Brisket Tacos
Tacos + Brisket= YUM!

After debating between a few items, I decided to try Chef Bulgarelli’s Stuffed Rigatoni and Tomato Sauce. It’s a mouthful, but it’s worth it!

Applebee's Stuffed Rigatoni
I think they forgot that the breadstick was in the oven. Caine ate half of it.


I would like to mention that their tea was DELICIOUS.

Applebee's Sweet Tea
We Southerners take our tea very seriously.

We all really enjoyed our food. It had been several years since any of us had been to Applebee’s. Our service was really great too. Nikki didn’t study the menu really hard, but she’s not sure that she can have any other food. The steaks weren’t marked safe for her to eat (possibly due to seasoning). Unfortunately, they do not offer gluten-free buns. It’s always great to have another dining option for her.

If you liked this review, you might also like Chili’sTexas RoadhouseRuby TuesdayIHOP,  and Golden Corral.

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29 thoughts on “What to Order at Applebee’s if You Have Dietary Restrictions”

  1. Thank you so much for sharing! It can be so hard to eat out with diet restrictions and especially hard while traveling! This gives me a good option I can find anywhere 🙂

  2. As someone with dietary restrictions, I often eat at known restaurants when I travel. Asking about specific food prep is so important!

  3. My daughter had to eat gluten free for quite awhile. We traveled a lot during that time. It was always a challenge to find true gluten free food. I was always thankful for places like Applebee’s that were so careful and took food sensitivities seriously.

  4. Ordering out can definitely be challenging with dietary restrictions. I remember when my brother went GF for a summer. I’m glad more menus are offering options.


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