Crapplebee's Strikes Again
I want to like Applebee’s. I really do. And it actually has a lot going for it: usually not smoky, usually not too long of a wait, clean bathrooms with automatic paper towels and a trash can behind the door, so you don’t have to touch the handle of the door, which 75% of men touch after using the bathroom and NOT washing their hands...
But I’ve only been to Applebee’s a handful of times in my life, and every single time there is a problem with the order. I usually get steak when I go out, and the steak here is always overcooked; I order medium-rare and it comes out medium-well. To be fair many places just can’t seem to get steak right, however a few places like Olive Garden and Outback consistently get it right, i.e. they cook it the way you order it.
Tonight was especially ridiculous, though. I ordered a steak with mushrooms, and this particular steak comes with peppers and onions, which I asked them to omit. The waitress noted all this. But the steak came out -- overcooked but that is no surprise -- without mushrooms. But at least they correctly omitted the peppers and onions, right? Until I got to the bottom of my mashed potatoes and discovered that THE PEPPERS AND ONIONS WERE UNDERNEATH THE POTATOES. You have got to be kidding me.
I also ordered a side-dish of vegetables. These came out raw. Not "just a little cooked." They were not cooked. I like my vegetables soft, but I had Kim verify because she likes hers crunchy. She agreed these weren’t merely crunchy, they were raw.
Back to the mushroom situation. Kim ordered a chicken dish that comes with mushrooms and cheese, but she asked to have it without the mushrooms. Sure enough, "hidden" underneath a few slices of melted cheese, there were mounds of mushrooms. Not only that, but literally two of them were sauteed; the other 10-15 or so were just raw mushrooms.
Every time I go to Applebee’s, I think hey, it’s been a while, they’ve probably gotten their act together by now. I’ll give it a shot. At some point I’m going to have to stop pretending.