Restaurant continues to serve tasty mealsA La Carte
August 5, 2018
Story By: Caroline Wright | Photos by: ANTHONY CONSILLIO
Almost four decades ago, a Georgia couple named Bill and T.J. Palmer decided to get into the hospitality industry. Pursuing their vision of a friendly bar and grill that a neighborhood could call its own, the Palmers opened T.J. Applebee’s Rx for Edibles & Elixirs in Georgia in 1980.
Fast-forward to 2018, the eatery now has a shortened name and more than 2,000 locations worldwide. Applebee’s Grill & Bar has emerged as a favorite gathering place in communities all over the globe.
The restaurant’s menu is a colorful collection of classic favorites and innovative recipes that fuse flavors and influences. Whisky Bacon Burger ($16.99) begins with an all-beef patty loaded with caramelized onions and bacon. It’s placed on a brioche bun, piled with pepper jack cheese, crispy onions and bacon, and then topped with Fireball Whisky-infused steak sauce.
Designed with a hungry crowd in mind, Classic Combo ($17.49) includes everybody’s favorite appetizers — boneless wings, chicken quesadillas, mozzarella sticks, and spinach and artichoke dip. And Applebee’s Classic Chicken Parmesan ($18.99) is an Old World classic with crispy chicken in marinara sauce topped with plenty of mozzarella and Parmesan, served on a bed of fettuccine and garnished with fresh parsley.
For a delicious cocktail accompaniment, Ricardo Harrison, kitchen and training manager, recommends Strawberry Summer Squeeze ($12.99). “It’s made with Bacardi Limon, lemonade and strawberry,” he says. “Enjoy it frozen or on the rocks.”
And Kiana Dela Cruz, senior restaurant manager at the Pearlridge location, reminds customers that Applebee’s hosts a daily happy hour from 2 to 6 p.m., with big screen TVs ideal for sports fans. “We’ll be playing the NFL football season that’s coming up,” she says, adding that a special menu will be offered each Sunday during the season.