Pre-cooked food at Applebees?
I was out of town last night and my dining options near the hotel were extremely limited: (Applebee's, Arby's, Domino's and KFC). Being on the company nickel and wanting a cocktail, I opted for Applebee's.
Tried one of their chicken dishes and have a question. The chicken was "ok," but tased re-heated or pre-cooked. In other words, not like a typical fresh chicken breast should.
Made me question: do chain like Applebee's use fresh meats or are they pre-cooked elsewhere and then re-prepared on site?
This is a question I've had for so long ....and I do like the Chain for their Ribs,
however as many times I've been there I've never seen a cook...so I believe most of their food is pre-cooked with exceptions of course, steaks ect...but it's still an awesome place to eat, and the atmosphere is great as well
Condi is 100% correct. I also was a BOH cook at the Bees. Yes, everything came in frozen and went straight to our walk-in. Either to the Freezer Part or some stuff was sat out in the non-freezer part to thaw in plastic Cambro containers or Large Metal Bakery Trays. We also thawed some meats in one of our 3 compartment sinks under cold running water. Then another item, like the nacho hamburger meat for the nachos which also came in frozen, we thawed first, then before placing in a metal Cambro pan on the line, we boiled that in a huge vat of water so it would it get hot.
At our Bees though, we however made the Mash Potatoes from scratch. Like a REAL HUMAN Prep Cook in-store peeled, cut, & mashed potatoes that came in bags. Ours were good. I could have eaten those frequently.
I cooked at an Applebee's for a couple of years (2001-2002). Steaks, chicken, shrimp, fish, etc. were shipped to the store frozen raw, thawed in the walk in, and then grilled to order.
I can't imagine this having changed between then and now. There could have been a lazy cook working who just reheated a pre-cooked chicken breast that was never served for whatever reason, but reheating grilled items like that aren't that company's policy as far as I'm aware.