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Restaurant chain with apple dumpling?

Hello, all! Northwest Florida resident here (Pensacola area).

A couple of months ago, I was eating in a restaurant - a chain with lots of locations, not a local mom-and-pop place - and I had this amazing dessert. Similar recipes call it an apple dumpling; it was a whole apple, peeled and cored, seasoned with cinnamon and nuts. It was baked, wrapped in this light, flaky puff-pastry. I'm pretty sure it came with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
It was WONDERFUL, but to save my life, I can't remember where I ate this thing!

Like I said, I'm 99.9% positive it was a chain restaurant, but I've searched online menus to no avail.

Any help would be greatly appreciated! Not being able to remember is driving me crazy. Plus I really want another one of those things. :D

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  1. Not with a whole apple, but they serve something similar in Cracker Barrel.

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    1. re: fourunder

      Yeah, an apple crumble of some kind, I think. I've had theirs, too, and it's pretty great. Not a bad second choice if I never find this stupid whole apple thing. :)

      1. re: Sarah

        ...Maybe? I checked their online menu, and it didn't have any pictures - I'm not sure, from the description, whether their "warm apple crostata" is like what I'm talking about, or if it's more of a crumble kind of thing.
        *sigh* Guess I'm just going to have to get one and see. It's a tough job, going around sampling desserts. ;D

      2. Brown restaurant with a brown and orange sign -- Country *something*

        Apple dumplings with cinnamon ice cream -- and yeah, they're awesome.

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          1. re: Little T.

            No, it's not a joke -- but thanks!

            There's a franchise chain restaurant where the buildings are brown, with brown and orange signs, and the name is Country something. I don't live in Florida any more, so I can't just jump the car and go check it out.

            and one of their signature desserts is that apple dumpling.

            Please contribute to the discussion -- or at least refrain from snarking on those who actually offered up genuine information.

          1. Country Kitchen? Where were you when you ate this?

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            1. re: Bear1101

              I thought that, too -- I'd lay money that that brown-and-orange sign said Country Kitchen -- but there's no dumpling on their online menu.

              1. re: Bear1101

                Northwest Florida. I know it wasn't a Country Kitchen, because I've never been to one of those before. :)

              2. The Cheesecake Factory has the absolute best apple dumpling you will ever eat.

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                1. re: Alfred G

                  Alftred, you are a brave man for stepping forward and making that statement, considering how CH'ers gang bang CF. I likewise have only had positive experiences at CF, but I am too much of a coward to say so here, among all the snipers and punji stick traps.

                  1. re: Veggo

                    My only experience at a CF was so completely meh I can't even scrounge up an opinion. It was food, I was with a large group. *shrug*

                    1. re: sunshine842

                      The OP wanted a great apple dumpling. CF has it. Go for the apple dumpling and forget the food. The OP didn't ask where he/she could get good food and an apple dumpling. Just answering the question the way it was written.

                2. I have had excellent apple dumplings at Picadilly Cafeteria before.