Applebee’s thinks all you women are silly shut-ins addicted to Pinterest, Twitter and Facebook, and what’s better to cure socialnetworkitis than a night out gabbing with your galpals and eating potato skins? So it goes with the chain’s new ad campaign starring the “Girls Night Out Goddess.” She’s “wacky, irreverent, she’s from back in the day.” Oh boy.
Once again, the folks at the Center for Science in the Public Interest have taken a look around that the menus of this nation’s restaurant chains to identify those items that seem so yummy on paper, so long as you’re not actually reading the nutrition info.
Big mistake. Huge. Police are investigating a Detroit-area Applebee’s after a toddler was mistakenly given margarita mix in the place of the apple juice his mother ordered along with his kid’s meal.
At most chain restaurants, you take a risk when you ask for a burger cooked anything other than well-done. Not necessarily because of bacteria — though there is that — but because there’s a huge chance you’ll end up with a pile of raw hamburger like Andrew did.
Perhaps you have noticed that restaurants like to give their food interesting names. Perhaps you have also avoided ordering the food by its interesting name because it’s completely ridiculous. We looked through dozens of chain-restaurant menus to find the 7 most painful-to-order names out there. Enjoy.
Chain restaurants are trying to lure in recession-weary diners with deep discounts, but franchisers worry that if you suddenly start paying half-price for sandwiches, you won’t be willing to pay full price when the economy recovers. We’re all accustomed to chain restaurant sandwiches costing $8 and up, but how much do those sandwiches really cost restaurants to make?
Applebee’s: Free entree for military veterans. Be sure to check if your Applebee’s is on the list of 164 participating locations before leaving the house. (Thanks to Jamie!)
Awhile back we posted about some testing done by a group of local news affiliates that showed that the actual amount of fat (and calories) in certain “healthy” menu items from a variety of restaurants was different than what was listed on the menu.
Reader Jamie’s Applebee’s dinner came with an interesting ingredient: an expiration date sticker. Understandably grossed out, Jamie asked Applebee’s for some new food. They agreed, fished out the sticker and brought the old food back. Ick.
Applebee’s served a four-inch dead lizard as part of a salad last week. The McLean County Health Department investigated the surprise garnish and found that while “management confirmed it did happen,” “it’s just one of those extraordinary circumstances,” and that the restaurant was not at fault.
I waited all morning for Verizon to come fix our landline (our cell phones barely work in our apartment), and around 11:30 I had Sam call them from work, and they told him they had come by the apartment and no one was there so they left, and that they had called my cell phone.
Glenn’s family went to Applebee’s last night and discovered that the restaurant is cutting back. Really cutting back. You have to bring your own candles now for their birthday cakes, because “Applebee’s doesn’t supply birthday candles anymore.”
We always wondered what wild and wacky things happened in the Applebee’s in Times Square. Now we know.
I went to dinner at the Applebee’s in Woodland, CA a couple nights ago and ordered their bruschetta burger. As soon as I saw my order, I immediately took a picture and thought Consumerist needed to see it because it fits so well in the ad v. reality posts. The burger itself was a bit sloppy, but still looked similar to the menu picture. The fries, however, were a different story. In the menu photo, “garlic parmesan fries” are served in a ramekin and look quite tasty. Instead, I was served a cylinder of slimy, greasy fries with a couple pieces of parmesan cheese on top.
The move comes as mid-priced sit-down restaurants are trying to pull themselves out of one of the industry’s worst slumps in several years. A second consecutive summer of high gasoline prices, coupled with declining home values, has eaten into the wallets of the middle-class customers on which Applebee’s built its dining empire.
IHOP is planning on selling all 500 company owned Applebee’s and other real estate in the hopes of cutting costs and to offset some of the debt they had to take on in order to purchase Applebee’s.