Applebee’s, how can you go wrong?
You get the door opened for you when you approach and a sincere greeting, you then get seated and told what the specials are (which can sometimes become irritating if you visit Applebee’s often). The servers are always pleasant and really seem like they enjoy being there and you aren’t being an interruption in their day.
Today we moseyed on up to the bar to be greeted by one of the most pleasant Applebee’s employees, Liz. Liz is a perfect example of what a server should act like every single time they go to work. Smiling and pleasant and genuinely appreciating her customers. How impressive is it that Liz remembers that Tonya likes iced tea and I like water with a lemon and we don’t visit Applebee’s that often! Very impressive.
We ordered a couple of sandwiches. Do we order exactly the way it is offered on the menu? Of course not. We are a cook’s nightmare, changing things up, minus this and add that. But you know what? Liz remembered our preferences from the last time we visited! How cool is that?
The food arrived in good time. Although this time Tonya said her sandwich didn’t quite taste the same. Different cooks? Different meat supplier? We don’t know. I had a burger and it was kind of dry, but what can you expect when they won’t cook any less than medium which I consider their medium, medium well. That has to be one of only two complaints I have about Applebee’s.
Drink refills? No problem. And don’t forget Applebee’s has a VIN (Very Important Neighbor) program that may be a little secret. You get a punch on a punch card for each visit. On the 5th visit you get $5 off, on the 10th visit you get $10 off! No kiddin! Ask to start your Very Important Neighbor card the next time you visit.
“Freddy, what is your other complaint about Applebee’s?” Tonya inquires.
“Well Tonya, when I want an alcoholic drink to sip on a Friday or Saturday night, I like a Man’s drink. Applebee’s bartenders are required to measure the alcohol and not free pour."
Good for profitability, you know it. Does it make a good drink? Not in my opinion. So, if I feel like a drink at Applebee’s, I get a beer.
When you leave, there are always attendants at the door to hold it open for you and you always get a sincere smile and a “Have a good rest of your day”.
Way to go Applebee’s! You have Freddy and Tonya’s vote…barely.
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