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Sunday, November 17, 2013

Applebees for dinner

Applebees is one of the better chains, I usually enjoy my meal here.

Went there a few weeks ago, and as always, a nice dinner.  We started with house salad.  A nice mixture of greens and grape tomatoes, topped with croutons and shredded cheese.  Drew had bleu cheese dressing, I had honey mustard.  They have a variety of dressings.  But strangely no Russian or Thousand Island.

Drew ordered a steak -- no surprise there.  This time he chose "marsala" -- the steak was topped with mushrooms in a wine sauce.  It was served with a side of rice.  When he ordered, the waitress told him the steak was served with mashed potatoes, but since he liked the rice . . .

I ordered a very decadent dish, four cheese macaroni and cheese topped with honey pepper chicken tenders.  The chicken tenders were excellent, juicy chicken in a sweet and savory batter. The mac and cheese -- curly pasta in a smooth, mild cheese sauce.   The dish is finished with crisp bacon.  I like bacon, but it doesn't add anything to the dish.

Pasta dishes are supposed to be served with a garlic bread stick.  Mine was not.  I didn't ask for it, either.

I need to say one more thing about this place.  Tables in the bar area have bar stools instead of regular chairs.  I have a bad back and other mobility issues, and I find it very uncomfortable to climb up onto a barstool and sit in a position where my feet don't touch the floor.  We were initially shown to a table in the bar area, but were immediately relocated when I said the table was unacceptable.  I told the host that he probably should ask before sending folks to sit in that location.

Overall a nice meal despite the glitches.

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