One of the advantages of living in the big city is restaurants. Almost every cuisine and taste can be satisfied here in the Windy City. Back in Ohio, we were more dependent on the chain restaurants. These bistros had delectable dishes that were economically priced. Many dates took place at these eating establishments where the man could order cocktails, starter, and entrees and there would be plenty to take home for next days lunch. As a theatre performer, we would also use these places for a nice place to gather after rehearsal or to celebrate a good performance. One of these such places is Applebees.
Recently, the friendly folks there invited us to try their burgers. If there is one thing that I love it’s a good burger . I have a tendency to be a burger snob and I welcomed the chance to taste some really exciting burgers.
Paired with fries and macaroni and cheese, we sat anxiously awaiting the burgers. I had forgotten how nice it was to go to Applebees and was just enjoying the experience. There were servicemen at the bar enjoying a beer as country music played. Each burger had its own personality but there was one thing in common , they were all tender , pure fresh beef, and huge. These are not the fast food burgers I call snacks, the burgers were stuffed to the brim with ingredients.
I was amazed to see that Jen would chose the plain All American burger. She said it was cheesy and that was enough to satisfy her. I dug right in with one of my favorites the Mushroom and Swiss burger. The meat was perfectly done and the swiss was fully melted and there was plenty of mushrooms. Heaven! One of the more filling entries was one called the Triple Bacon Burger. It had bacon on the burger and bacon inside of the burger. It was well worth the indulgence.
I would have to say there were a couple of burgers that caught my attention. I am very partial to Asian cooking and fell in love with the Sweet Asian Pineapple burger. It was yumalicious with the sweet teriyaki sauce mixed to give that thai flavor. The best part was the pineapple on the burger. Tangy , capturing that old west flavor was the Cowboy. The bbq sauce tasted so good on the burger . It just said country and gave visions of small places in the south who would sell them. The crowning touch was the onion strings . Rounding out the burgers was a fun one called quesadilla. Interestingly enough, it had made the menu after being created by an Applebees employee. Instead of the bun, the burger was sandwiched between two pieces of flatbread and flavored with a snappy pico de gallo. It was delicious.
I should also note a few other dishes that pleased me. They used chicken tenders as a garnish for the macaroni and cheese. The sauce that they were cooked in was so good and I would totally dip my dino nuggets in it. It had a kick and a sweet flavor to it. That wasn’t the only dish that was made with the sauces. I had to try the sweet potato fries and here they are paired with three sauces, sricha chile lime, bbq bacon ranch, and maple flavored cream. The last one was like eating dessert. We ended our excursion to Applebees with a fitting finish the triple chocolate meltdown . It was a piece of chocolate cake , swimming in fudge , and on next to it was a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Just writing about it is making me lick my lips.
The best part is that these sandwiches are not an arm and a leg. They are economically priced compared to the places in River North, nothing about ten dollars. Better news is that on Monday nights, from four to close all burgers and fries are six dollars and ninety nine cents. For a a dollar ninety nine you can get a PBR too. Don’t forget that Applebees also has certain hours that you can get half price drinks and appetizers. Perfect for those after work gatherings. Applebees in Chicago is located at 6656 W Grand Avenue.