One of the many things I love about Applebee’s is their 2 for $20 Menu. An appetizer and two entrees for just $20. Drinks are, of course, extra but it’s still a great deal. I also love the fact that they change things up. No matter how great a menu is, you kind of get tired of ordering the same things over and over again.
Applebee’s has recently added a few Southwest dishes to their 2 for $20 menu and we were anxious to try them out. I’m a shrimp fanatic, so my choice was easy: Southwest Shrimp Fettuccine. The shrimp had so much amazing flavor, I can’t even put it into words. The only word that comes to mind is perfection. As you can see, this entree comes with bread – something most of the entrees don’t. As someone who counts her calories, this isn’t something I’m complaining about!
Out of reach, off of scale.
Speaking of calories, the only complaint I ever had about the entrees and appetizers on the 2 for $20 menu was the lack of healthy, low calorie choices. Even though sharing an appetizer cuts the calories in half, most appetizers (and this goes for all restaurants, certainly not just Applebee’s) are high in calories. Applebee’s does have some amazing low-calorie menu items on their main menu – I only wish these would find their way to inclusion in the 2 for $20 menu.
The entree I chose only had 800 or so calories, less than some of the others. Fortunately, that day I had eaten light… saving up for Applebee’s! I also didn’t eat the bread and tried to behave myself with the Spinach and Artichoke dip, which, by the way, is outrageously delicious. Applebee’s also gives you more than some other restaurants do.Ã?Â We were at another restaurant recently – eating off of their 2 for $2o menu and the Spinach Artichoke dip was essentially 4 spoonfuls! Seriously? You want two people to share something that sparse? Wow.
Thank goodness Applebee’s thinks more highly of their guests!
Michael ordered the Chipotle Cream 4 oz Steak and Shrimp and said it was extraordinary. It looked and smelled Heavenly.
Our server was amazing. She was colorful, funny, out-going, vivacious, and made us feel like she was genuinely happy for us to be there. She was amazing.
The entire Applebee’s experience is amazing, if you ask me. The scenery, the ambiance, the sports on the tvs… everything just “fits” what we want in a restaurant. The servers are almost always outstanding, too. I always keep things “real” with my readers, and I’ll keep it “real” with you now. Owensboro’s Applebee’s went through a brief little rut. When we first moved to Owensboro, our favorite restaurant (for a lot of years) was Applebee’s. Then, a few bad experiences drove us away. The main problem was the fact that food sat under heating lamps too long or something – food that was normally outstanding began to be dry and not so great.
When we saw the new Southwest items in a commercial recently, we decided to take a chance on our once favorite restaurant. I’m SO happy to report that they’re back on their game. If you haven’t been to the Owensboro Applebee’s in a while, go this week. You’ll be delighted to know that what was once one of the best restaurants in town is once again running with the big dogs. (The review is continued below Michael’s Twitter Picture – how delicious does that look???)
Got me a Chipotle Steak & Shrimp from @applebees and it's sizzlin' and smells heavenly! pic.twitter.com/IyAecKZV
— Mike Sigers (@MikeSigers) September 2, 2012
Applebee’s is a great place for lunch or dinner – and, as I said, their menu has delicious low-calorie choices. Hopefully more of these will make their way to the 2 for $20 menu.
Owensboro’s beautiful Applebee’s is at 5120 Frederica. See you there!
Robin kichnet says
First time guests at Applebee’s in Owensboro. Awful, “nuked” food was all cold. My husband was supposed to get shrimp, then ribs and chicken with fries. They never brought the chicken. After the plate of mushy, doughy shrimp, they brought 3 separate plates with one rib each and with fries thrown all over. No veggie or salad…all microwaved. It was yucky. We went home and ate Klondike bars and licked the cat’s butt just to get the taste out of our mouths. Yum!
Joi Sigers says
Robin – That’s awful! I’m so sorry you had a rotten experience. This particular review was written years ago, since I haven’t been able to eat there since I had to give up gluten/wheat. I’ve heard from a few others that the restaurant has really gone downhill. That’s really unfortunate, it used to be one of the best restaurants in town (of course this has been quite a while ago!).