Hubby and I were busy running errands in Santa Rosa last night, and by the time we were done it was 8:45pm and we hadn't eaten dinner. We decided to stop at this Applebee's on our way home for something to eat. This Applebee's can be a little hard to find: it's at the far north end of Kohl's parking lot, past the McD's. We've eaten there before, but last night it seemed like this was a NEW kind of Applebee's. The menu selection and food were really great, far better than we remembered. I had the mac-n-cheese topped with chicken tenders: the mac-n-cheese was very good, and the chicken tenders were cooked perfectly - really crunchy on the outside, moist and tender on the inside. Hint: instead of them serving the tenders atop the mac already glazed, have them serve the Honey-Pepper glaze on the side - that way you can dip the tenders yourself and not wind up with the glaze throughout your mac-n-cheese. Hubby had a grilled roast beef/caramelized onions/bacon/cheese sandwich: the roast beef was incredibly tender, and the sandwich extremely tasty overall. I was a little sorry I hadn't ordered it for myself! Service was great; our waiter was very patient with our hemming and hawing over the menu, and quite helpful as we made our decisions. (It was our waiter who suggested I get the Honey-Pepper glaze on the side.) Both of us had a cocktail - well made. Everything we ordered arrived quickly. We loved the little tablet computer on each table, which has info for everything on the menu, games to play while you're waiting for your food, and lets you pay your bill at your table with either a credit or debit card - it will even send you an email receipt if you want.
I thought dinner was still just slightly pricey; but for what it was, I guess it's an average price. At least it wasn't fast-food picked up at a drive-thru window (ick); and Applebee's did offer a large menu selection and a comfy place to sit in a clean restaurant, with plenty of attention towards making our visit very nice. We will return.
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