today I went to Applebee’s for lunch with my father and Isabella. I ordered a few dishes so I could try some of their popular dishes. I didnt have my camera with me, so I had to take pictures of the dishes with my dads cell phone. so the pictures are not quality, but they do the job. This is my first restaurant review so lets get this started.
the first thing I noticed was that they had a separate section for smokers. OUTSIDE, where they should be if at all.
we did have to wait fro about 5 minutes before we were seated.
out waitress’s name was Liz, and she was so friendly. She answered all of my questions about the food with ease and never seemed to be annoyed by them. she as also very interactive with my daughter which was very nice
the rest of the staff that walked around were very friendly always smiling and making sure we had everything we needed without smothering us.
It wasnt too loud inside, it was a calm chatter. The music was also nice, an eclectic mix that everyone could enjoy.
the only thing i didnt like was the overhead lighting. It was harsh and a little warm.
(at the point of this picture, i had eaten most of them.)
I wasnt sure if i would like these because i had never tasted siracha. I knew it was a spice sauce. but that was about it. So I asked our server Liz what it tasted like. She told me it was spicy. So I ordered it to see if i could take the spicy. I loved it with the first bite. The sauce isnt spicy at all, maybe a little “bite” but nothing unbearable. I could taste a hint of the vinegar. It was delicious though. the only thing I didnt like was how much breading there was. I had to peal most of it off because I felt I was eating more breading than I was the actual shrimp.
Grilled Chicken Caesar Salad
The chicken Ceasar salad was good. Nothing amazing. The lettuce was fresh and crisp, and there wasnt too much dressing. The only thing I didnt like about this dish was that the chicken was really dry. The bowl was huge, like really big. I ended up sharing it of course.
Spinach artichoke dip:
One of my favorite appetizers to order at any restaurant I go to. Its not something that you can mess up. My daughter loved it so much that she ate most of it before I could get a bite. She dipped the chips, her fries, her fingers. The only thing was the tortilla chips were really thin and a bit oily.
Bourbon Street Chicken and Shrimp sizzler
I disliked this dish the most, as soon as it was put on the table there was smoke everywhere, and a piece of potato that was burned to a crisp, that was letting off gross smelling smoke. I think that there should have been a separate plate to transfer the food too because leaving it on the “sizzler” plate, it continued to cook. Which caused the potatoes to be overcooked and dried out. They were bland, No flavor at all. Even the ketchup from my daughters plate couldnt help. The chicken was ok, juicy. But the taste of thyme was really strong. The shrimp were cooked nicely, again though, everything tasted like thyme. It left a bad taste in my mouth. Also, I burned my hand on the plate twice. I know it was a hot plate, I know that when plates come out of the kitchen they are sometimes hot, but this one, was dangerously hot. especially with my four year old daughter sitting next to me who could have placed her hand on it and get hurt.
Cedar grilled Lemon Chicken:
“Cedar grilled chicken garnished with Granny Smith apple relish. Topped with lemon olive oil vinaigrette over a blend of cranberries, rice, honey-glazed pecans & quinoa.” -from the applebee’s website.
It was delicious. The lemon wasnt too over powering, the chicken was juicy, and the quinoa was great.
( MY FATHER ORDERED THESE BECAUSE I DONT DRINK. I HAD HIM DESCRIBE THEM TO ME. THE FOLLOWING REVIEW IS FROM MY FATHER.)
There wasnt enough tequila, the mix was ok. There should have been more salt on the rim, and they served it in a tall glass instead of the traditional margarita glass which he didnt like. I thought it was weird too. He said overall, the margaritas were mediocre at best.
PRICE: for all of this I ended up paying roughly $50. I think for what we ordered was ok.
we had a lot of leftovers, that we needed boxes for, the boxes were pretty small though.
overall, i enjoyed my experience at applebee’s. The staff are friendly and professional. they know about the food on their menus. The price range is medium. Affordable. and in my opinion worth it.
I give this restaurant an 8/10