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alas, applebees arrives

KaimukiMan Oct 4, 2013 03:16 PM

PBN has announced that Applebees will be coming to "Pearl Harbor Area." With luck it will be located on base and most of us won't be exposed to the horrors of its food.

http://www.kitv.com/news/hawaii/pbn-a...

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    miss_belle Oct 4, 2013 03:54 PM

    You know, I don't understand this 'alas' business and it's only good for people on base. I ate at Applebee's for the first time a couple of years ago with a friend. 2 lunches for $20 including app. The cheese sticks app with marinara were very good and my main was some kind of pasta with stuffed meatballs on top. I was stuffed from the oversized cheese sticks that I just ate the meatballs with the garlic bread. It tasted pretty good to me.

    And no disrespect meant here but you live in a state which serves macaroni salad with everything under the sun:-)

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    1. re: miss_belle
      KaimukiMan Oct 4, 2013 10:48 PM

      Touche miss belle. There are a lot of odd things about hawaii food wise, mac salad not least among them. I've only had the 'opportunity' to eat at applebee's twice. Both times were really really bad. And I ordered a hamburger both times. You know, its almost as hard to mess up a hamburger as it is to mess up mac salad (well, one of my grandmothers was pretty good at messing up mac salad. I'll just say pickle relish and grape jelly and leave it at that - but that was on the mainland.) As for people on base, i was merely referring to the fact that their food would not be imposed on the majority of people on the island. No disrespect to the military or their dependents intended in any way shape or form.

      I'm glad to know that you found something good to eat there. Thanks for your retort.

      1. re: KaimukiMan
        DuchessNukem Oct 5, 2013 02:21 AM

        Haven't ever had good food there either. And every one I've been to has an awful smell, like old carpeting plus old mustard.

        Last time I attended was about two years ago, stopped for drinks with a friend, was some kind of happy hour and at least we got cheap, cold Shiner while we sat among the early barfly crowd. That day it smelled like despair.

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          miss_belle Oct 5, 2013 08:44 AM

          I probably shouldn't have gone off like that. Heck, I've only eaten there twice. The other time I had a grilled shrimp and spinach salad that I liked and later replicated at home. It is what it is I guess but obviously not for everyone.

          I have 'Triple D' to thank for that bit of trivia. Every time he went to a place in Hawaii I kept waiting for that darn macaroni salad to land on the plate. Don't get me wrong ~ I love macaroni salad ~ but it seemed really out of place on some of those plates:-))

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            manomin Oct 5, 2013 12:21 PM

            Having been in a DDD segment I can tell you he did not look for macaroni salad at Camille's on Wheels.

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              miss_belle Oct 5, 2013 02:32 PM

              I don't recall Guy ever seeking out macaroni salad in Hawaii. But I did see enough of it as a side dish on customer plates for me to sit up and take notice. Just having a little fun with your state. That's all. I didn't mean anything by it.

              1. re: miss_belle
                manomin Oct 5, 2013 03:47 PM

                Oh of course I didn't mean to make you think it was an offense in the least! I do like it now and then, I like when they have potato/mac salad! Sometimes even the purple sweet potatoes. I do not like the addition of that imitation crab however.

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                  miss_belle Oct 5, 2013 04:17 PM

                  Thanks ~ sometimes it's hard to tell on the Internet:-)

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          Bellachefa Oct 6, 2013 12:11 PM

          please don't apologize for the mac krack - it was true and funny!!! I'd love to have an icecream scoop of ice cream instead of an ice cream scoop of mac with my mix plate!

          biggest laugh all day!

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          miss_belle Oct 4, 2013 05:37 PM

          I just noticed this is the Hawaii board. Sorry for butting in.

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          1. re: miss_belle
            KaimukiMan Oct 4, 2013 10:49 PM

            don't apologize, for heavens sake - you understand our addiction to mayo, that almost qualifies you as a kamaaina. hope to hear more from you. its always good to get an outside look at things!

          2. Bill Hunt Oct 4, 2013 07:14 PM

            Once, my late M-I-L was sold on Applebee's, because of the TV ads. She insisted that we take her there. After three visits (all on the Mainland), she admitted that the food was bad, and the service matched. We were spared having to take her there, from that moment on. As I took her on two of those three visits (her daughter on the other), I was glad - as was my wife.

            I just do not understand the draw. Maybe it's very large portions of tasteless food, served with an attitude, or perhaps something else.

            In our family, it is now a "joke," that gets dredged up, at every TV commercial.

            When Applebee's arrives, it will draw from the food court at Costco, but only for a bit. I would get my Costco shopping in, while it's HOT.

            Hunt

            1. drongo Oct 5, 2013 09:02 AM

              Tracie McMillan's book "The American Way of Eating: Undercover at Walmart, Applebee's, Farm Fields and the Dinner Table" has some good insights into Applebee's and why people eat there. http://www.amazon.com/American-Way-Ea...

              I think people go there because it's predictable (e.g. it was my daughter's favorite restaurant when she was 10 and a very unadventuresome eater) and also so inexpensive (most entrees $10-$15) that I am amazed they can be profitable -- especially if they conform to the rule-of-thumb that the cost of the ingredients is less than a third of the price charged,

              1. drongo Oct 5, 2013 09:04 AM

                I assume they will supplement the standard menu with some special Spam dishes?

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                  saltylady Oct 5, 2013 09:24 AM

                  How is this a problem for anyone? If you dont want to be exposed to the horrors of its food , a simple solution is not to go there .Last i heard , there is no law that you must go there or any other place of business . If you are so offended by its existence on the planet , I suggest you put this in perspective of what a real problem might be , such as starving children in third world countries . I am guessing you are just being silly in your extreme reaction to gather a group of like minded people who will applaud your disgust . It did attract my attention so it was kind of amusing .

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                  1. re: saltylady
                    DuchessNukem Oct 5, 2013 12:04 PM

                    Perhaps you might have to live in a chain-heavy area to understand the lament. Every five miles along the highways near me, is a repeat clumping of the same chains; small independent restaurants struggle to exist and can't match the chains' economies of scale. Choices narrow. Chain food is almost never spectacular, innovative, or surprising.

                    Personally, I never find the "starving children/first world problem" type of comment helpful. This entire website is basically about first world problems, and is a nice place to discuss small issues in chowhound enjoyment.

                    1. re: saltylady
                      KaimukiMan Oct 5, 2013 01:33 PM

                      That's a good question. I suppose it's a form of NIMBY'ism. It may not affect me directly, but I'd rather have something good nearby than something bad. I don't really believe it is going to take money away from a specialized local business. Its going to take most of its money away from the other national chain across the parking lot. It's not going to teach people to settle for 'less', they already want 'less'. And it's not the end of the culinary world in Honolulu. It will have zero net effect. It's kind of like having a house two blocks away being painted bright pink with green trim. It's not even close enough to affect my property values. I just don't like knowing that some people actually don't know any better or just have bad taste. But, it's true, some people are color blind.

                      1. re: KaimukiMan
                        manomin Oct 5, 2013 01:53 PM

                        Gee, you'll be surprised at my house in a couple weeks!

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