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Applebees Sliders Suck

bagelman01 Apr 15, 2009 06:45 PM

This evening I was taken to Aplebees for a short after work meeting. Drinks were served, and tyhe nhost had ordered cheeseburger sliders for everyone, as finger food would work with the meeting.

The burgers were supposed to have cheese, onions and the Applebees signature sauce.

Two had cheese, two had onions, only one had cheese, sauce and onions.

Absolutely, dry and inedible...................

The host complained to the manager and was told that they were made to specs.

Somehow I don't think the corporate specs called for dried out lumps that have whatever condiments the cook feels like puttting on them.

The host told the manager that he could keep the food and drink and we all (6) goit up and walked out. The host did stop and give the waitress a twenty, telling her it wasn't her fault the food was garbage and the manager an idiot.

If this is the best Applebees can do, I won't be back. New ownership from the IHOP gang doesn't seem to be helping.

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    Jim M Apr 15, 2009 07:49 PM

    It's all true . . . but try Denny's sliders, they're even worse.

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    1. re: Jim M
      callitasicit Apr 15, 2009 11:25 PM

      I cannot believe you're surprised!! Applebee's is one of the worst restaurant chains in North America!

      1. re: callitasicit
        bagelman01 Apr 16, 2009 03:29 AM

        I've never eaten "FOOD" at Applebee's before. I have been to the bar, and while the beer is overpriced, they do provide really good fresh hot nacho chips with cheese and salsa at no charge........................

        1. re: callitasicit
          Janet Apr 22, 2009 11:41 PM


          1. re: callitasicit
            Bob W Apr 23, 2009 07:14 AM

            Did you catch King of the Hill on Sunday night. The show ended with this exchange:

            "Where is that kid from?"

            "Applebee Street"

            "Applebee sucks."

            It most definitely sounded like "Applebee's sucks."

        2. f
          ferret Apr 16, 2009 06:40 AM

          I'm fairly tolerant of any restaurant, especially when I'm travelling and busy. On a recent trip with coworkers the closest option was Applebee's. I went along with the group but when we were being seated and saw the menu I had to bail. We walked a little further to Chevy's -- not a place I'd visit by choice but it was way more palatable than the Applebee's options.

          1. Bob W Apr 16, 2009 07:02 AM

            You could have just titled your post "Applebees Suck"

            IHOP ownership? That's like the owners of the KC Royals taking over the Pittsburgh Pirates.

            1. bagelman01 Apr 16, 2009 06:17 PM

              As a guest, it is not my place to call corporate and complain. That is the perogative of the host. I was not out any money for a bad meal.

              I also don't understand how you got a juicy burger when they say they will only cook to a minimum of medium-well. I prefer my burgers rare. It's very interesting that Applebee's will make the chop steak dinner rare (it's only a bigger burger) but not burgers that come on a bun. The manager could not explain that stupidity to my satisfaction.

              I won't be giving them another chance..................

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              1. re: bagelman01
                Johnresa Apr 17, 2009 07:10 AM

                I am not exactly a fan of Applebee's myself but in my area Applebee's will cook any steak or burger to the desired doneness. My best friend orders her burgers rare every time we go there and that is what she receives.

                1. re: Johnresa
                  smarsh Apr 25, 2009 09:40 AM

                  she's brave! the yahoos at Applebees would be last people I'd trust to serve me up a rare burger...

              2. rockandroller1 Apr 16, 2009 07:47 AM

                I've never had anything decent to eat there, and I have to eat there several times a year because my friends like eating there. I just don't get it. Never one decent meal.

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                  rizzo0904 Apr 23, 2009 01:24 PM

                  Applebees just plain sucks...not just the sliders

                  1. Lindseyup67 Apr 23, 2009 07:27 PM

                    Their all you can eat shrimp and chicken strips they had last year was DELISH! It is what it is people.............a CHAIN....not an expensive restaurant. Glad I live in this neck of the woods, because it seems like most everyone on here has terribly unpleasant experiences at fast food restaurants!!!!!!!

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                    1. re: Lindseyup67
                      Bob W Apr 24, 2009 08:11 AM

                      I have posted on other threads about their all you can eat scam. I'd have to sit there for ten hours to get all I could eat.

                      When I tried the all you could eat riblets years ago -- before I realized how godawful Applebees was, even by chain standards -- the wait between plates got longer and longer and the servings smaller and smaller. After the third -- puny -- plate I gave up.

                      1. re: Bob W
                        Lindseyup67 Apr 25, 2009 05:17 AM

                        Heres a clue.............tell them how you feel about the long wait between plates..........and ask for 2-3 servings at a time............again....I am guessing you love in a larger city when customer service is out the door..................

                        1. re: Lindseyup67
                          Bob W Apr 27, 2009 07:08 AM

                          This was years ago, before I realized how bad Applebees was. It was right after Applebees came into this market. And like many chains, their food looked great on tv, and even on the menu. Now you could give me a trough of riblets and I wouldn't go back for it. But yes, I'm in the DC area.

                          The only time we go now is when our kids demand it -- there's one right near their preschool. So I just suck it up. But otherwise Applebees is "off the list," as my family says.

                    2. l
                      lergnom Apr 24, 2009 10:30 AM

                      Applebees: It's Almost Food.

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                      1. re: lergnom
                        cstr Apr 27, 2009 09:53 AM

                        Why waste hard earned dollars, I'd fast instead of going to AB's

                      2. OCAnn Apr 27, 2009 10:14 AM

                        Never been to Applebee's...and not likely ever to go. If I was *taken* to one, I'm not sure I'd even admit it. =P

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                          libgirl2 Apr 28, 2009 07:30 AM

                          I had really good ones at TGFriday's that had chimchurri sauce on them. Haven't seen them on the menu since!

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