well it's been a long time but tonight we tried it again. They now have points cards so you get $10 with every 100 points but that's an aside.
The menu had quite a few new items.
Draft beer was $1! perfectly good and cold and at that price ........
For $11 I had steak with Asiago cheese melted on top, garlic mash and very nice vegetables (not overcooked). Hubby had a club sandwich. Dinner for 2 was around $25 incl tip and 2 beers. It really was ok.
I've had Applebees many times, and have rarely been that badly disappointed. I usually end up getting the appetizer trio or a burger, and honestly, they are never bad. I like the spinach and artichoke dip a lot. It's a bit pricey for college students, so it's where we go for the date nights, but overall, it's a great option for quick and easy food.
That spinach/artichoke dip is my chain food crack. I seriously crave it sometimes.
Honestly don't think Applebee's is as horrid as many make it out to be. I tend to rather like their salads (though with dressing on the side so they're not drowning). I stick with those or a steak and find it generally ok for what it is.
After several really awful experiences there, I gave up on them for years. A few weeks ago, I was coerced into going for lunch. I was very pleasantly surprised with the food. I had the shrimp diavolo and it was really tasty. Plus, it was a reasonable portion (not oversized). I would have liked it if the vegetables had been cut a little larger but the flavor was just right.
The service, on the other hand, was horrible. I could see picking up a to-go order of the shrimp.
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