Okay so maybe this is a petty vendetta. But today I had the unfortunate experience of eating at Applebee’s. Reading the menu I began to feel ill. I notice that dislike Applebee’s, TGIF & similar restaurants and I am trying to figure out the reasons why.
This post , “why does everyone hate Applebee’s” gets at some of it:
TGIFridays. Houlihan’s. Bennigan’s. Chili’s. Applebee’s. Aren’t they all pretty much the same place? Sure they are. They’re all corporate chain restaurants that desperately want you to believe that they’re just an old-fashioned neighborhood bar & grill. If somebody blindfolded you and took you into one of them and then took the blindfold off and told you to tell them where you are, you’d probably be hard pressed to answer right away. They all have the same random knick-knacks pasted to the wall, they’re all staffed by the same sullen college kids who won’t be there when you go back in six months and they all serve the same $7.50 bacon cheeseburgers and the same chicken tenders with the same honey mustard dressing.
So I can’t say I’m thrilled about those aspects of Applebee’s. But I think looking at their nutritional information (gleaned from 3d party sources) had an effect too. Here are the riblets that I gave some thought to ordering
Serving Size 1 meal
Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat 1170
Total Fat 130.0g
Saturated Fat 42.0g
Total Carbohydrates 106.0g
Dietary Fiber 10.0g
There is a lawsuit against Applebee’s for misrepresenting the nutritional info on their “healthy” menu.
In April an independent laboratory tested the fat and calorie count
in various Weight Watchers menus at Applebee’s across the U.S.,
according to the complaint, and found that many dishes contain up to
three times the amount of fat and more calories than advertised.
“All of these companies appear to be taking advantage of customers who
pay attention to nutritional information when they eat at
restaurants,” said August Matteis, a Gilbert Randolph attorney for
The lawsuit alleges claims under Kansas consumer protection law and
the federal Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act. It
seeks classwide damages and injunctive relief.