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“Good eats low prices”
Review of Applebee's

Ranked #65 of 165 Restaurants in Grand Forks
Price range: US$21 - US$30
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Winnipeg, Canada
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3 reviews
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“Good eats low prices”
Reviewed 10 October 2013 via mobile

Applebee's is one of my favorite restaurants in the U.S. the menu offers a great variety, the food is tasty and usually great service. There has only been one occasion where the service was slow and we had to keep finding our server. They have fantastic deals for meals, like having 2 main course and an appetizer for $15.00. Nice atmosphere.

  • Visited June 2013
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Thank Claire G
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
“A below average stay”
Reviewed 6 October 2013

We ate here one evening while visiting our son at UND. The nice thing about Applebees is that you can count on them to be good. So this restaurant was definitely not good.

I had the honey ribs which were overdone and mainly bone with not much meat. At home, I would have discarded them and started over. My wife had a small steak special that was just not very good.

The service was actually pretty good, but could not really overcome a poorly cooked meal. While visiting GF, go the the river into East Grand Forks and you will find a half dozen options that will blow this away.

  • Visited October 2013
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Thank Medas2005
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Why is this all starting to taste generically horrible”
Reviewed 25 September 2013

Not sure what's happening with Applebee's, but we went in to take advantage of 1/2 price appetizers, and to enjoy some beverages. Although the Sam Adams was great, as was the Bahama Mama, we would have needed at least 3 more drinks each to have made what we were served appetizing.

With our kids, we ordered a number of appetizers, including nachos, mozzarella sticks, fried green beans, boneless wings, traditional wings, and homemade chips. Un-appetizers would be a better description.

Nachos - Toppings were clumped instead of spread out, and the plate had obviously sat for a bit as the chips under moist toppings were soggy. The beef queso was spiced well, but there was a horrible processed cheese flavour to it.

Fried Beans - OK, but undercooked, shooting scalding bean juice all over you when you bit one

Traditional wings - Hard meat, way overcooked, too much sauce

Boneless wings - Bland, generic, massive food-service company tasting grossness, with again, way too much sauce

Mozza Sticks - Do you guys shop for food at Target?

Homemade chips - Hey lets dump some sort of mesquite seasoning salt all over something that should be delicately seasoned

In other words, I'm never going back here. Service was OK, drinks were good, but the food was extremely poor. My impression was that most of the food was made out of highly processed ingredients, or was bough prepared, then dropped in a deep fryer before being brought to our table.

And this is too bad, as at one time, Applebee's had decent quality appetizers and means. Not gourmet, but a fair meal for a fair price.

Possibly the need to supply such a large number of restaurants has driven them into the world of mass produced food, meaning there is no special reason to go to an Applebee's, other than price.

Visited September 2013
Thank ScooterMcTavish
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Willow City, North Dakota
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“Always consistent....”
Reviewed 23 September 2013

Applebee's is always a great place to have a meal. No matter what city we've been in, we have always had a great experience.

Visited September 2013
Thank Sonja I
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“Very poor”
Reviewed 14 September 2013

Better service given to off duty employees than others. 1 bartender for whole place on Saturday night. Never did place food order even though tried to twice. Decided to pay bar tab and eat elsewhere. Worst derive ever at bar. Sit elsewhere

  • Visited September 2013
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Thank gfkfsgm
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