Applebee's, like so many other chain establishments of its ilk (T.G.I. Friday's, Chili's, Ruby Tuesday's, etc.), generally has food that is what you could call bulk food. That is, if you're hungry and want to spend $12 to fill up your tank, you probably won't be too disappointed.

The one dish that Applebee's has which is quite tasty is the Nawlins Skillet which combines dirty rice with a topping of shrimp, chicken and cajun sausage. As with most chains, they will probably take it off the menu now that I've said that. They usually do that with something I really enjoy. I just hope they don't change their Caesar salad. I like the Outback's better, but this one is pretty darn good.

The Starbucks of casual dining.

Applebee's International, Inc., headquartered in Overland Park, Kansas, develops, franchises and operates casual dining restaurants in 49 states and twelve international countries, under the trademark of Applebee's Neighborhood Grill & Bar®. IPO 1989. Trades on NASDAQ as APPB. The founders, Bill and T.J. Palmer, opened their first restaurant in 1980, and in 1983 sold the business. The Palmers became franchisees and now own 22 Applebees in Atlanta. Marketed as "America's Favorite Neighbor®," each Applebee's reflects the neighborhood in which it is located, via decor featuring photographs and memorabilia of local heroes, schools, and history. As of December, 2003, there were 1,585 Applebee's restaurants open system-wide (including 383 company and 1,202 franchise restaurants). Since 1993, the company has consistently opened 100 or more restaurants a year. Already the largest casual dining brand in the world, and number one in market share in the U.S., they plan to keep expanding (estimating saturation at 3000 restaurants). By sales, Applebee's is the ninth largest restaurant chain in the United States. Applebee's already has restaurants open in Canada, Holland, Sweden, Greece, Kuwait, Egypt, and Mexico.


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