I rarely eat out these days. It’s cheaper and healthier to make your own meals whenever possible. Sometimes though one must out of necessity. Tonight was one of those times. The chicken I had set in the fridge early Sunday morning was still not thawed enough to cook, so I thought I would go find a reasonably priced place to grab some dinner after work so that I would not be eating too late due to extended cook time of the aforementioned frozen chicken. I then remembered that I still had a $50 gift card to Applebee’s. Hey dinner solved!
I hadn’t been to Applebee’s in well over two years since they decided to raise their prices yet shrink their portions. I’m all for trying to help people practice portion control, but the prices should not go up when you’re getting less food that isn’t even top of the line quality in taste. Not saying their food is bad, but it isn’t what you would call a four star dining establishment. It’s good for what it is. Anyways, I get there before seven o’clock and promptly shown to my table. The greeter hands me my menu and informs me that someone will be with me shortly to take my order. Normally, in most restaurants, there is someone rushing over to take your drinks order within five minutes of sitting down. Despite it being what should be still the “dinner rush”, there were only about 5 tables occupied in the restaurant but I chalked it up to it being Monday night. Nobody ever came around to take my order but the table behind me was being waited on. I patiently wait a bit longer. I only had a granola bar, tea, and a couple pieces of candy for lunch at work so I was a bit hungry. My table kept getting passed by as if I was being ignored. I know waitstaff have certain tables they service so I did not get too bent out of shape. Ten minutes have passed since being seated and I am starting to get annoyed. My companion I brought along with me even tried to get the attention of one of the staff as they passed by to no avail. After over 15 minutes, probably closer to 20, we decided to get up and leave. As I passed the greeter station at the door I made sure my displeasure was clear as I walked out and went elsewhere.
Applebee’s has pretty much joined the ranks of places I will not give my money to along with Chili’s. Used to love Chili’s but the last couple of times I was there, their food had a lot to be desired and their service seems to have went downhill as well. The first time it happened, I gave them the benefit of a doubt as it was pretty busy but the second time in the same location? Yeah that’s a fail. Buffalo Wild Wings is another, though will go there if I have a gift card. Their food is over priced and a bit on the salty side for my taste but is still not horrid.