They really do elevate shittiness to an exclusive category all its own.
They must have brainstorming ideas of how to make their food as shitty as possible.
I have never had a worse meal in my recent memory.
Applebee's is owned by the same company that owns IHOP: DineEquity.
Well I would say IHOP is heads and tails above Applebees and IHOP is also crap.
That's how bad Applebees is.
You went to Applebee's and expected a fine dining experience?
Why, next you'll be telling the DL about how Sears was a total disappointment when searching for an elegant gown!
Chili's v. Applebee's -- which do you think is better?
I understand the op. It's one of the few restaurants in a town I have to visit and I rarely go there but when I do, it's always worse than I imagined it to be. The burgers are the only thing edible. Whatever you do, don't order the riblets. I'm still having nightmares about that meal.
I ate there many years ago and never went back. It was Horrible!
I was never a fan but my mom loves it so I'll go with her when I visit. They have a good queso blanco appetizer - surprisingly spicy for a chain. We get it with their home-made spiral potato chips instead of taco chips. Unhealthy but good.
Also, their sizzling maple blondie ala mode dessert is delicious.
Whenever I end up accidentally at Applebee's (many otherwise nice people think it's a decent restaurant, and I don't think it's worth it being a bad sport about it) I order whatever and have a little private internal joke about Soylent Green: EVERYTHING at Applebee's tastes exactly the same, it's like it's all made from the same TVP extruded into molds to be meat-shaped or vegetable-shaped stuff. There is ZERO diff in texture or taste among any of it. I get through chewing through the shite by enjoying my private joke about it being Food Of The Future, in a dystopia wherein the privileged consider ourselves lucky to have access to TVP that is food-shaped. Everyone else (that's the joke of it, I will in this future be the everyone else, not the privileged percentage!) will be squirting this TVP down their throats and chasing it with Everclear to get it down.
They give a free meal to veterans on Veterans Day. But only if someone takes the veteran out to eat. A veteran can't walk in by himself and get a free meal, nor can two or more veterans walk in together and get free meals. There has to be one paying customer per veteran.
Hey, it's a free meal on Veteran's Day.
I had the steak and shrimp on the two for twenty menu and it was delicious. I know it's a chain but I've never actually had a bad meal there, in the once or twice a year I go there.
Haven't been there in forever but their Perfect Margaritas are delicious.
That Maple Butter Blondie is to die for!
My mom once complained, "This quesadilla isn't all that great!" to which I replied, "Well, it is Perkins (Pancake House)!"
Bob Evans signature salad dressing looks JUST like semen!
What about Pondergrossa? Made the mistake of trying that one a while ago, it was awful. The food tasted like Stouffer's frozen entrees and was just bland as shit.
I've eaten at Applebee's a couple of times on road trips and the food wasn't terrible, but it wasn't all that good either. When you're on a road trip though you really can't be too picky because your option are limited. It's certainly not the worst I've ever had.
Chili's is actually quite good.
May God have mercy on my soul for having an informed opinion on this topic, but Chili's is absolutely streets ahead of Applebee's.
Chili's is ahead of Applebee's.
But clearly OP has never been to the Olive Garden.
Unless it's either (a) 3AM, or (b) the middle of absolutely bum fuck nowhere with no other options but gas station food, there is really no excuse for eating at any of these shitty chains in any town. Literally everywhere you go there are local places with similar fare on the menu for the same price, but done MUCH better with much higher quality ingredients. I know a lot of us are concerned about healthy eating (hey, I am too), but when you're on the road and the only places around pretty much offer variations of the same greasy, fattening dish, at least go to the local joint that will do that bacon cheeseburger RIGHT - not fucking Applebee's!
Applebees, IHOP, etc are all places that are meant for everyone to be able to afford, so you get what you pay for. The portions are usually big.
Maybe if you watched my program "Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives," you wouldn't have to dine at such shitholes.
How's the breakfast?
I actually love Chili's. Cheddar's is also satisfying.
Applebee's is vile, though, and TGIF and Red Lobster are declining.
I have a Chilli's a few blocks from where I live and they have improved quite a bit over the years. The staff is also very friendly and go out of their way to serve you. I go there at least once a week because they have a pretty good menu during happy hour where everything is $5. Can't beat it.
I only went to Applebees for their $2 Long Island Ice Teas. If the bartender was cool and remembered me from tipping well, they would make them good and strong for me. I would get good and fucked up drunk for very little money.
I do agree that Chili's is actually better than Applebee's for what you get. But there are way better restaurants out there in that category. For some reason, Applebbes is VERY popular in my hometown as a hangout spot in my shithole hometown, so I try my best to avoid that place whenever I'm there because I run into too many people from high school.
I agree that TGIFridays is absolute vile shit nowadays.
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What? Look at the work pool they have to use in your area. One meal in a chain? Damn fool.
They're chains, people. You get what you pay for, which is generally around 6.99 if you choose judiciously.
[quote[ I try my best to avoid that place whenever I'm there because I run into too many people from high school.
In your "shithole hometown", the school where you weren't popular, were laughed at? Yeah, I'd stay away too. You are so much more now.
I also like Chillis. I can get salmon and veggies or a nice grilled chicken ceasar salad so you can eat healthy even in a chain restaurant.
The servant class can be so bitter.
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I agree that Chilis is better than Applebees. Their 2 for 20 dinner is yummy and won't break your bank.