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Applebee’s In Texas Will Take Gift Cards And Expired Coupons From ANY Business


Who: Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill + Bar

What: The restaurant chain will be accepting gift cards, gift certificates, and email or paper coupons from any business whether they’re expired or not in their Texas locations. Applebee’s will honor pretty much any coupon up to 50 percent off food purchases.

Last year, Applebee’s implemented the same deal, as a way to give back to the neighborhoods their stores are located in. Half off an entire dinner isn’t something to complain about at all — wonder if they still carry the AYCE riblets?

Where: All 65 locations of Applebee’s in Texas. This includes Austin, Dallas Fort Worth, Houston, Central and East Texas.

When: The promotion will be around through the entire month of March.

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Applebee’s CEO Apologizes For Racial Discrimination After Video Goes Viral

A Missouri Applebee’s location is not looking good as a couple of customers are accusing the restaurant of racial profiling after authorities approached them, claiming the two dine-and-dashed the day before.

The Applebee’s has is temporarily closed amidst the scandal, and the three employees that did the accusing have now been fired, but not after a Facebook video took off, documenting the back end of the altercation, according to KTLA.

A Facebook post by Alexis Brison Saturday, explained that the dine and dashers were described by Applebee’s employees at the Independence mall as one girl being “skinny” and the other as “wearing makeup.”

Apparently that was enough of a description to single out the pair, as the Applebee’s manager, mall security, and an Independence police officer rolled up on the women as they were eating.

The nine minute Facebook video has 3.2 million views, as it briefly shows the officer and manager tableside. The officer can be seen doing that condescending thing where he acknowledges that he knows he’s being recorded and doesn’t care, so he smiles and waves.

The manager can be heard saying she’s “almost positive” it was them, while the two girls begged for them to check surveillance.

Applebee’s CEO Bill Georgas addressed the situation in a statement Monday, saying:

“At Applebee’s, we do not tolerate racism or bigotry of any nature. We regret any incident like this, because we want every guest experience to be positive. Our team has been working throughout the weekend and will continue to work to determine what happened and what appropriate measures will be taken. We currently have no indications this was race related. We have a diverse workforce that is reflective of the community we serve. All are welcome at our restaurant, and will continue to be welcome.”

The attorney representing the two women had no comment, according to KTLA, and there has not been an official police report on the incident.

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What It Feels Like Taking Advantage Of Applebee’s AYCE Riblets

After writing a post yesterday about Applebee’s new all-you-can-eat riblets deal, I stumbled upon an old piece regarding IHOP’s similar pancakes deal. One of our old writers had beaten a record for pancakes consumed at the breakfast joint, and I felt a spark of inspiration from that tale. I decided that I would try my own conquest: eating as many of Applebee’s riblets as I possibly can.

Despite what my husky build may suggest, I have no experience in competitive eating. However, I feel like I can put an impressive amount of food away, and decided that this deal would be a prime opportunity to put that to the test.

With fellow Foodbeast Peter Pham by my side, I decided to head over to our local Applebee’s, brashly confident that I could tear through a bunch of ribs. As the record shows below, my confidence was in for some humbling this particular night.

5:41 p.m.

Pete and I arrive at Applebee’s at about the same time and grab a table.

5:46 p.m.

The waitress arrives to take our order. Both of us go for the all-you-can-eat options. Pete settles for chicken tenders, while I go for riblets. To me, tenders are cheap, and I’m not wasting an all-you-can-eat splurge on a daily indulgence for me.

To wash down my barbecue, I opt for Blue Moon, which is just $2 for a glass this month. If I’m taking advantage of one deal, might as well make the most of them all, right? That, and I’m hoping the acidity of the beer will help break down ribs and get me to eat more. This is what happens when a nerd takes on a food challenge, y’all.

Pete reminds me that I should probably set a goal for how many riblets I wanna consume. Thinking that I have a gut comparable to Joey Chestnut’s, I boldly proclaim that I’m going to go for a whopping 36 ounces — or over 2 pounds — of riblets.

6:03 p.m.

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With beer already in hand, the waitress arrives with our first orders of food. At 12 ounces of pork and a few ounces of fries, this portion is bigger than the rest that’ll be coming out. To me, that’s fine, since I’m starving right now and the aroma of the barbecue sauce is calling to me.

I immediately dig into the tender, smoky heap of ‘cue in front of me. I’m not sure if it’s the hunger or the actual flavor, but these were actually some pretty damn good rib pieces considering they’re all-you-can-eat.

6:10 p.m.

I think the waitress may be onto what’s happening already, as she just dropped off a mountain of napkins at our table for me to use.

6:15 p.m.

I get through the first batch in just 12 minutes, polishing off the fries and side of coleslaw soon afterward.

Off the bat, I can tell the fries are gonna be an issue. They’re saltier than Lonzo Ball haters and add a ton of hefty starch to the meal. At least the acidic coleslaw provides a brief respite from their heaviness in my mouth.

6:24 p.m.

While I’m waiting for my second plate full of food to arrive, Pete caves after just one order of tenders, fries, and slaw. Pussy.

6:26 p.m.

My second plate full of ribs and fries arrives. The fries are about the same amount, but you only get half the riblets on each follow-up order, which helps manage timing and pacing. We also get some additional wet wipes, which I definitely needed since this meal was the literal definition of sticky and sweet.

6:32 p.m.

This order of ribs must’ve come fresh out of the pan, because I almost burned my fingers while devouring them. Still, they were just as unctuous and scrumptious as the first batch, and I was already craving more. Just got some fries to get through first.

6:35 p.m.

The second round of fries goes down with ease. At this point, I’ve easily consumed over a pound of riblets plus an additional 6-8 ounces of crispy spuds. I’m feeling content, but I think I’ve still got some room left in the tank. I know that as I’m sipping on my beer for a quick break, my eyes keep drifting over to Pete’s fries. I’m literally forcing myself to not reach over and snag a few when he’s not looking.

6:42 p.m.

The waitress comes back over and asks if we want to go ahead and order dessert. Guess she wasn’t AS onto us as I thought she was. I take the plunge and request a third helping of riblets and fries.

6:43 p.m.

Pete’s been trying to come back and nibble at some more food for the past twenty minutes, but he officially throws in the towel at this point. In response to my playful mocking, he says “I just wanted dinner with my friend.” I mean, you’re getting that too, but show some fight, bro.

6:49 p.m.

Pete goes to his car to grab something as my third helping arrives. This time, the amount of fries actually exceeds the amount of riblets on my plate, making this a tougher portion to tackle. I decide to go for the fries first just to get them out of my mind.

6:54 p.m.

I get through all the fries, but all of their buddies I devoured already are starting to fight back. I can feel my stomach stretching to near its limits, the first signs that I’m getting full. I guess this is what a “food wall” feels like? Doesn’t feel pleasant, that’s for sure.

But I’ve still got a couple of riblets to get through, and I’m not gonna give in at the first sign of pain.

6:55 p.m.

…Or maybe I am.

Compared to last time, these ribs are as tough as leather. Maybe they’ve been sitting around for a minute, I don’t know, but I’m definitely not enjoying these as much as the last two platefuls. I’m forcing my way through morsel after morsel of meat at this point, urging myself not to think about the pain but to think about the glory.

7:04 p.m.

I toss down the last clean piece of bone, waving the white flag of surrender as I’m officially stuffed to the gills. In about an hour of eating, I’ve managed to take down 24 ounces of riblets, plus at least a half pound of fries, for a total of roughly two pounds of food. I feel a bit let down since that’s nowhere near what eating legends can consume, but that gets quickly replaced by some immense stomach pains. I quickly pay the tab on my meal and head outside to walk off part of my gluttonous gauntlet.

7:09 p.m.

Turns out that as I was trying to “exercise” the pain away, Pete got a bit of revenge on me by capturing some candid moments of my suffering. It felt as if someone had stuffed a basketball full of rocks in my gut, and all I could do to tough it out was breathe and try to walk it off. This went on for a good 10 minutes or so before I finally recuperated enough to head home.

7:25 p.m.

I’m still in such a daze from my self-imposed riblet challenge that I miss the turn onto the freeway to get home. TWICE. Driving under the influence is a serious problem, folks.

7:37 p.m.

I crawl into bed almost immediately after getting back to my place, hoping that sleep will help the heavy burden in my gut subside. The sweet, porky aromas of ribs from the restaurant clouded my dreams, making me wish I’d never come at the riblets like that.

 


Looking back, it was definitely naive of me to think I could take on ribs like I was Kobayashi. My eyes definitely got bigger than my stomach that night, and I paid the price.

Despite getting thoroughly humbled, though, I enjoyed the challenge and competitive aspect of taking on an eating challenge for the first time. With some proper training and practice, I may try it again one day, who knows?

In the meantime, I need to recover from this gargantuan rib coma first. I’m still feeling the side effects of it almost an entire day later.

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Applebee’s Brings Back AYCE Riblets AND $2 Blue Moons For January

Applebee’s is bringing back a fan favorite and dishing out AYCE riblets for a limited time.

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The cult-favorite is now available in bottomless form at all restaurants, with a side of never-ending fries to pair with the banquet of riblets. For those who aren’t a fan of ribs, there’s also all-you-can-eat chicken tenders available as an alternative. Either option will set you back $12.99.

You’ll start off with either a 12-ounce portion of the riblets or seven chicken tenders, with refill options being either six ounces of riblets or three chicken tenders. The first serving comes with fries and coleslaw, while all refills come with just fries. You can choose to have your riblets slathered in Honey BBQ or Texas Spicy BBQ sauce, while the tenders simply come with Honey Dijon Mustard each time around.

Those hoping to get both riblets and tenders in their meal can do so, as you can mix and match between the two each time you order a refill. Thus, you can start off with a portion of riblets, go for tenders on round 2, and so on.

As a potential pairing for the AYCE riblets or tenders, Applebee’s is also continuing their cheap drinks lineup with a new alcohol deal: $2 Blue Moons. Each order is a 10-ounce draft of the iconic ale, and while it’s not as cheap as the Dollaritas or Dollar Long Island Iced Teas from the past couple of months, $2 for beer is still a pretty good price.

Both deals are only available for a limited time.

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You Can Get $1 Long Island Iced Teas At Applebee’s Through December

Applebee’s must have done so well with their Dollaritas promotion this past October, that they’ve decided to introduce another cheap drink deal into the fold—$1 Long Island Iced Teas.

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The $1 Long Island Iced Teas are going to be available for the entire month of December and available all day, every day when dining in.

While Applebee’s did catch some flak for watering down their previous Dollaritas, a press release revealed a whole lot more alcohol going into these beverages.

Applebee’s will call them the Dollar L.I.T., and will stay pretty close to the original recipe for this cocktail. The restaurant chain is utilizing vodka, gin, rum, tequila, triple sec, sweet and sour mix, and a splash of cola to make their Long Island Iced Teas. (For those wondering where the tea is, the drink actually gets its name because it’s the same color as iced tea, not because it’s got any inside).

The thrifty drink promotion is definitely a score for anyone looking to pinch pennies after dumping a ton of cash on Christmas presents. If you’re looking to reunite with the squad and get crunk without blowing cash, it’ll also come in handy.

Of course, considering how cheap the drinks are, you’ll probably need more than just one to feel lit.

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Applebee’s Bartender Leaks Video Of Dollaritas Being Made With Mostly Water

Applebee’s made tons of people happy when they announced that they would be selling one dollar margaritas all month long. It turns out that there was a catch to this thrifty alcohol deal: the drink itself is extremely cheap to make. An Applebee’s bartender who prepped buckets of the Dollaritas pulled the curtain on how they’re made in their Snapchat story.

Late night confession from an @applebees bartender. #dollarita #applebees

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The entire series of snaps was posted by The Bitchy Waiter on Facebook, where it went viral. That can partially be attributed to the fact that the bartender was making the Dollaritas inside of five gallon buckets, but also because of how much cheap stuff went into it. Based on the videos, your average dollar margarita at Applebee’s consists of 1 part cheap tequila, 1 part margarita mix, and 3 parts water.

The unknown bartender claims that their location makes 12 gallons of this “swill” every day. Assuming that every store is at that pace, with over 2,000 locations at Applebee’s, that translates to over 720,000 gallons that the chain is cranking out this month, with at least 430,000 of those gallons being straight-up tap water.

To be honest, though, with a drink as cheap as a dollar, was anybody really expecting more bang from these Dollaritas? It’s a clever strategy from Applebee’s to draw more traffic for sure. We’ll have to wait and see if it translates to increased food sales, however.

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You Can Get One Dollar Margaritas At Applebee’s For The Entire Month Of October

Americans definitely loves to get their drink on, but we also love to save up our money. Thanks to Applebee’s and their one dollar margaritas, we’ll be able to get turnt and turn up the savings at the same time.

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To celebrate “Neighborhood Appreciation Month,” Applebee’s will be offering “Dollaritas,” their one dollar margaritas, for the entire month of October. There’s no catch to the deal, and it’s available all day long, so you can pop in at the usual 5 o’clock happy hour or get the party started at 11 in the morning if you want.

When Twitter users caught wind of this deal, everybody started flipping for joy, even those who weren’t the biggest fans of the food to begin with.

You have all month to enjoy this cheap margarita deal, so definitely savor the experience. Just make sure to drink responsibly, as always.

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For One Month, Texas Applebee’s Will Accept Gift Cards And Expired Coupons From ANYWHERE

Applebee’s announced a new promotion that seriously makes us wonder if April Fools’ Day came way too early. The restaurant chain announced that they would be accepting any and all gift cards and coupons from competing businesses as payment from patrons at 67 of their locations in the state of Texas.

For the entire month of March, Applebee’s is taking gift cards, coupons (even expired ones), and gift certificates from pretty much any kind of business. So imagine, patrons could pay for their meal through a card from a competing restaurant chain or simply one from an arts and crafts store.

Applebee’s offer, however, is only for up to 50% off food purchases with said gift cards and coupons. Hey, they still have to make money somehow.

Essentially, Applebee’s created the promotion in hopes to be a better neighbor to the local communities. The restaurant noticed many patrons had expired coupons and gift cards to places they would never typically visit, so they offered to accept them as payment for food.

The deal will only be available for a limited time at 67 participating Applebee’s Texas locations in Dallas Forth Worth, Waco, East Texas, as well as other neighboring areas.

With any luck, states other than Texas will get the same sweet deal around this time next year. In the meantime, start saving those coupons!