We hadn’t eaten at Applebee’s in a long time when we stopped by there for lunch with the whole family. My kids had earned free kids meals through school; I love getting free kids meals!
The place was pretty empty. It was a Saturday around 1 pm, so a later lunch, but not that late. We were seated immediately and I noticed a little sign at the table that said if a manager didn’t stop to check on us during our meal, we’d get $10 off our next visit. I think’s it’s important that the manager be aware of what’s going on in the restaurant, so I was happy to see this sign and expected to see a manager while we were there. Our server was very energetic. He interacted with our kids well when he took our orders and then was pretty on top of everything during our visit.
I noticed their Pick ‘N Pair Lunch Combos (can’t remember the price…$6-7?), available till 3 pm, that include two or three choices from this special menu. The combos include soup, sandwiches, salads, and pastas and are all lunch-sized portions. I was definitely in the mood to try a couple things and, though the Pick ‘N’ Pair menu is limited, there were definitely things that appealed to me. I picked the Grilled Shrimp & Spinach Salad and the Pork Wonton Tacos. The salad was served with red onion, bacon, red peppers, toasted almonds, and a hot bacon dressing so the spinach wilts up a bit. I loved it! The flavors were wonderful together and the shrimp had tasty seasonings that paired well with the salad. The wonton tacos intrigued me. Applebee’s fries a square wonton wrapper into a taco shell-like shape, then stuffs it with pulled pork, Asian slaw, and cilantro. It was a strong flavor, but I liked it. It reminded me a lot of California Pizza Kitchen’s Thai Chicken Pizza, so if you like that, you’ll probably like these wonton tacos. The bottom of the wonton shell was a little soggy from the extra pork juices, but I still really enjoyed these tacos!
Mr. Diner had the Cowboy Burger ($8.50), which is a traditional Western burger with BBQ sauce, white cheddar, crispy onion strings, bacon, and all the burger toppings. It’s a big burger with a hand-shaped patty that wasn’t in the least bit round and stuck way off the edge of the bun. I was lucky enough to try a bite and found it very satisfying. The combination of tangy-smoky sauce with melted cheddar and crispy onions and bacon with the burger was really good.
Amazing & Little Diner both had the Corn Dog kids meal (one with broccoli & the other with applesauce). They liked the corn dogs, but the broccoli was what they really loved (so glad my kids love broccoli)! Sweet Diner ordered two Mini Cheeseburgers with celery and ranch, but could only finish one (kids can choose one or two). They are basic little sliders with no lettuce, tomato, etc. on them. She liked them, though! While we were there, I noticed a sign that said kids meals are $1.99 on Mondays at this location (Orem). Don’t know if that is the special all the time or for a limited time.
Applebee’s turned out to be a nice spot for lunch that day. And guess what? The manager stopped by twice. That’s good service. And the Grilled Shrimp & Spinach Salad may be calling me back there again.
Entrée Price: $$
Average Fork Rating: 3.8
Mr. Diner: 4
Mrs. Diner: 4
Amazing Diner: 4
Sweet Diner: 4
Little Diner: 3