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The ‘steaks’ are high at this American grill

A La Carte

November 19, 2017

Story By: Caroline Wright | Photos by: ANTHONY CONSILLIO

8-ounce USDA Choice Top Sirloin; Creamy Horseradish and Gravy Topper; and Loaded Potato Casserole ($16.99)

A big platter of steak and potatoes seems like the definitive all-American meal, but this now-commonplace combo didn’t even begin to appear on American restaurant menus till sometime in the 1970s.

Luckily, it’s a combination that stuck, and this month, Applebee’s will celebrate steak and potatoes with a trio of delectable new sauces and sides designed to complement the spectacular flavor of the restaurant’s USDA Choice Top Sirloins.

8-ounce USDA Choice Top Sirloin; Savory Herb and Butter Sauce Topper; and Loaded Garlic Mashed Potatoes ($16.99)

First, diners start with either a 6-ounce sirloin for $12.99 or 8-ounce sirloin for $16.99. “Then you select your Topper and sides,” explains Gladys Duenez, training manager for Applebee’s Hawaii. “You can choose from Tavern Mushroom and Onion, Savory Herb and Butter Sauce, and — my favorite — Creamy Horseradish and Gravy.”

Topped with a thick layer of your selected sauce, each perfectly grilled steak is accompanied by a generous helping of fresh steamed broccoli. “Then, you choose from our three new Twisted Potato dishes: Twisted Tots, Loaded Potato Casserole Bake, and Loaded Garlic

8-ounce USDA Choice Top Sirloin; Tavern Mushroom and Onion Topper; and Twisted Tots ($16.99)

Mashed Potatoes,” says Duenez. “You’re going to get your money’s worth, and then some!”

The Twisted Tots option is generously drizzled with a tangy cream sauce and garnished with green onions. The Loaded Potato Casserole Bake includes a top crust of delicious shoestring potatoes. And the Loaded Garlic Mashed Potatoes include everything one might want in such a dish: crispy bacon, shredded cheddar, chopped parsley and sour cream.

Duenez is about to start wearing another hat for Applebee’s. When the restaurant’s Pearlridge location opens Dec. 4, she’ll be general manager of the new store.

“(We’ll be) the only bar in uptown Pearlridge, so while the women are out shopping, the men can come down and have a beer, watch a game and enjoy happy hour from 3 to 6 p.m. It’s the best of both worlds.”

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