Applebee’s is one of those restaurants that has been firmly rooted in American Culture, despite the fact that is a relatively newcomer compared to the other ‘Big Players’ out there on the market. The main reason for this is for the company’s emphasis on casual dining, and offering top quality food at low prices. I am sure that there is nobody in the United States who hasn’t visited an Applebee’s at least once in their life. It really is the type of place that is perfect for everything from a family dinner all the way through to a romantic date. Almost everybody has their own favourite dish to eat at Applebee’s, and we are going to cover a few of these later on.


Despite the large size of the company, they haven’t existed too long. In fact, the first Applebee’s was opened up on November 19th 1980. The chain was started by Bill and T.J. Palmer. This branch of Applebee’s was opened up in Decatur, Georgia.

A short while later the company was so successful that they decided to open up a second branch. At the same time, the company was sold to W.R. Grace and Company. Bill Palmer was named president of the Applebee’s decision. Under his leadership the company started to veer towards a franchised company. The first Applebee’s franchise was awarded to Bill Palmer in 1985.

In 1986 the name of the restaurant was changed, and it became the Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill & Bar that we all recognise and love today. The franchise quickly expanded, and between 1993 and 2005 the company opened over 100 restaurants each year. This was under the guidance of Abe Gustin and John Hamra who purchased the rights to the concept.

It was agreed on July 16th 2007 that the company would be purchased by the IHOP Corporation, the owners of IHOP incidentally. The company sold for $2.1 Billion. The IHOP Corp then changed its name to DineEquity, which now owns a number of restaurant brands, the majority of which are franchised out. Combined, the company now runs over 3,200 restaurants throughout the world, the majority of these being under the Applebee’s brand.

Today the company has franchised out the idea to over 2,000 restaurants. A great deal of them are operated within the United States, however, the concept has spread to 14 other countries around the world. The main aim of the Applebee’s team is to eventually operate 3,000 restaurants total throughout the United States alone, a massive task in itself.

Popular Menu Items

As I mentioned at the start, almost everybody has their favourite dish at Applebee’s. In fact, they don’t often detract from this dish (even if they are lucky enough to eat at the restaurant a number of times each month!). All of the menu items at Applebee’s are focused on ‘Casual Food’, although this does not detract from the quality of the food. In fact, everything you can pick up from Applebee’s is good wholesome fun.

One of their most famous dishes is the ‘Appetizer Sampler’ which contains almost all of the fantastic Appetizers that are on offer at the restaurant. Although you can sink your teeth into delights such as their Onion Rings, Classic Wings, and Cheeseburger Sliders on their own. Why not try the Grilled Chicken Wonton Tacos? They are absolutely delicious.

Once you start tucking into your main course you will have even more delightful options to sample. This includes the famous Applebee’s steaks, beautiful tasting ribs and of course, their fantastic burgers. You could even try their salads or pasta dishes.

In a bid to increase the healthy options on their Menu, Applebee’s have also introduced an ‘under 550 calories menu’ which has some of their best menu options including steak in great low calorie form.

There are a number of traditional desserts on offer, including their beautiful ice creams and baked desserts. They have to be tasted to be believed!

Applebee’s Coupons

Despite being cheap already, it wouldn’t hurt to have Applebee’s Coupons would it? These can net you fantastic savings on one of the best casual dining experiences that you have ever tasted. The coupons available do vary from time to time. However, you could be in line for 2 for $20 on meals, percentage and dollar discounts on the amount of food that you eat, or even a free dessert. All of these are going to contribute to make your dining at Applebee’s absolutely fantastic!