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Thursday, August 1, 2013

Applebee's -Restaurant Series-

I finally made it to Applebee's.  Not only did we have a very pleasant waitress, the entire restaurant was very accommodating to my needs.  We wanted the chips and they were out of the safe ones.  Instead they made us a fruit plate and made sure that it stayed clean.  I was so happy that they were able to make something for me for an appetizer.  I managed to get a copy of the gluten free menu and they have some impressive options that are not available on some other menus.  As with any and all restaurants that are not completely gluten free you have to let the manager know that you have an allergy.  The manager in fact was thankful that I let her know.  People will not tell them and then get sick since the food is made in the normal area.  Some people don't even ask for a gluten free menu, they come in knowing what they want.  How is the kitchen staff supposed to know to take care with the food if they do not know that there is an issue?  They normally find out when they get a complaint to corporate that someone got sick off of a gluten free item.  

Her words are "please let me know if you have a special food need.  I cannot accommodate if I don't know that you have this need.  If you tell me that you have an allergy then I will make sure the food is taken care of and watched."  

As with any mixed food type restaurant, there is no way to 100% insure that you will not get sick.  Even with every safety precaution there may still be air contamination.   

Overall the whole restaurant experience was fantastic.  I ordered the bourbon street chicken.  Personally I would add cheese, but the entire dish was fantastic.  

This is a copy of the current Applebee's menu

Chips & Salsa
Queso Blanco

Not Including Sides 
New York Strip

Steak Topper
Grilled Onions

Tuscan Bean Soup with 
 Chicken & Sausage
Baked Potato – Regular and Loaded
French Fries
Signature Cole Slaw
Fruit Side
Garlic Mashed Potatoes – 
 Regular and Loaded
Seasonal Vegetables
Almond Rice Pilaf
Mexi Rice
Herb Potatoes
Add Grilled Shrimp 
Crispy Red Potatoes

Not Including Sides 
Napa Chicken & Portobellos
Fiesta Lime Chicken
Bourbon Street Chicken & Shrimp
Margarita Queso Chicken & Shrimp

Salads w/o dressing
Grilled Shrimp ‘N Spinach Salad 
Fiesta Chicken Chopped Salad
California Shrimp Salad

Salad Dressings
Creamy Bleu Cheese
Garlic Caesar Dressing
Honey Balsamic
Honey Mustard
Mexi Ranch
Oriental Vinaigrette
Jalapeño Dressing
Strawberry Vinaigrette
Green Goddess Dressing

Not Including Sides 
Blackened Tilapia
Grilled Jalapeño-Lime Shrimp
Pico de Gallo
Balsamic Glaze
Black Bean Corn Salsa
Signature Slider Sauce
Sour Cream
Napa Valley Red Wine Sauce
Chunky Roma Pepper Relish
Pesto Mayo
Chimichurri Sauce
Alfredo Sauce
Honey Barbecue Sauce

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