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.
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.
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!
I would like to mention that their tea was DELICIOUS.
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.
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