I don't think I've ever been to an Applebee's Restaurant before today. There's one in my neighborhood and I walk by it every time I go to the subway, but I've never gone in before. Today, I stopped into one because...well I did.
Prior to today, I didn't have any particular opinion about Applebees other than the fact that they have so much product placement on Friday Night Lights that they should have a co-starring credit. (I like Friday Night Lights quite a bit, so I'm more or less forgiving of this blatant bit of cashing in. Hey, I'd do it if I could.)
Here are three things I learned about Applebee's today.
1. If you read the teeny-tiny print on the menu, it appears that they're owned by Annheuser-Busch. This is probably meaningless other than the choice of beers they serve, but since two seconds of research reveals that Annheuser-Busch now owns every brand of beer you can possibly think of, this isn't really too much of a limitation.
2. They have a lunch special that goes for $5.99. You get to look at pretty pictures of soup and salad on the menu. It looks like plenty of food. The soup bowl, however, has a not-so-little hump built into the base which displaces about 1/2 of the volume you'd expect to find in the bowl. The hump isn't visible in the picture, but when you dip your spoon in, you'll find it a couple of millimeters below the surface.
3. They're really thrilled to offer their burgers with an applewood smoked bacon on them (I think that's the description but I'm too lazy to look it up.) Whatever they call this variation of bacon...it tastes like sardines. Ewwww!
This is what I learned today so you wouldn't have to. You're welcome.