Sampling the Season’s Best Flavors at Applebee’s {Giveaway Closed}

menuAfter a weeknight’s worth of home-cooked dinners, my family and I like to hit the town for supper on Friday nights. A favored local establishment for us is Applebee’s, for their kid-friendly atmosphere and menu. Despite being a chain restaurant, fresh, seasonal flavors can be found – and are done surprisingly well! – making Applebee’s a win-win for our foodie family.

At a recent visit to the Paramus, New Jersey Applebee’s location, my family and I were treated to some new items from “The Season’s Best Flavors” menu, including the Grilled Vidalia® Onion Sirloin, Strawberry and Avocado Salad, Strawberry Lemonade Quencher and Chicken Freshcado. Here are our thoughts:

Strawberry and Avocado Salad & Strawberry Lemonade Quencher: I happen to really love grilled chicken over greens at Applebee’s – my go-to meal is typically the Grilled Chicken Caesar Salad, dressing on the side. But when I saw the new Strawberry and Avocado Salad on the menu, I couldn’t resist, so we ordered it for the table as a starter. And I was not disappointed. Featuring strawberry slices, fresh arugula and romaine , the salad is tossed in an awesome chili lime vinaigrette and topped with fire-grilled chicken breast. Hand-cut avocado chunks cool things off, adding a nice complement to the zesty dressing. And I found the non-alcoholic Strawberry Lemonade Quencher to be quite refreshing alongside the salad. (side note: I actually diluted it a bit with my water to tone down the sweetness. Totally enjoyed it this way!)

Strawberry Lemonade Quencher

Strawberry Lemonade Quencher

Strawberry Avocado Salad

Strawberry Avocado Salad

Grilled Vidalia® Onion Sirloin: The hubs and my dad each had this dish. It featured a tender 7 oz. grilled sirloin topped with a caramelized slice of sweet grilled Vidalia® onion. It was served with sautéed spinach and smashed and crisped red-skinned potatoes in a warm, sweet and spicy Hawaiian BBQ sauce. My dad especially loved it and commented on how he normally doesn’t like spinach but enjoyed this side dish very much.

Grilled Vidalia Onion Steak

Grilled Vidalia Onion Steak

Weight Watchers®-endorsed Chicken Freshcado: OK, so full disclosure – on the Paramus, NJ restaurant menu, this dish was called “Cali Grilled Chicken” – so if you are looking to order this, just be aware that it seems to roll under an alter ego. I alert you to this, because you don’t want to miss this dish – especially if you are on Weight Watchers or are calorie-conscious. For 440 calories, you get: a substantially sized grilled chicken breast loaded with avocado, pineapple, peppers, onions, zucchini and cucumbers and served with white rice. I can’t say enough about how satisfying this dish was for me. Well done, Applebee’s!

One Delish-Dish (and only 440 calories!)

One Delish-Dish (and only 440 calories!)

No meal is complete without a little dessert. So we had a lot of dessert. The Salted Caramel Pretzel Bites were a hit with my dad, while Roc, Mike and I enjoyed the Chocolate Meltdown (served a la mode of course!)

Salted Caramel Pretzel Bites

Salted Caramel Pretzel Bites

Chocolate Meltdown...a la mode!

Chocolate Meltdown…a la mode!

Is your mouth watering yet? OK hang tight – here’s a chance for you to win a Dinner for Two gift certificate as a giveaway for one lucky reader (a $60 value!)

To enter, simply comment below as to what new Applebee’s menu item you would most like to try. To see the complete list of what’s in store for summer, visit them here. For an extra entry, be sure to follow mom a la mode on Instagram, and tell me that you did so in your comment.

Got that? Ok good. So don’t forget to comment below to enter to win Dinner for Two…and in the NYC Metro area, here are your Applebee’s locations:

In New Jersey: Brick, Bridgewater, Butler, Clifton, East Hanover, Edison, Flemington, Garfield, Hackensack, Hackettstown, Hillsborough, Howell, Jersey City, Jersey Gardens, Kearny, Lacey, Manahawkin, Manalapan, Manchester, Middletown, Milltown, Mt. Olive, Newark, Newton, North Bergen, Northvale, Ocean, Paramus, Parsippany, Phillipsburg, Piscataway, Rockaway, Tinton Falls, Toms River, Totowa, Union, Wall and Woodbridge.

On Long Island: Applebee’s is located in Nassau County:  Baldwin, Bellmore, Bethpage, Elmont, New Hyde Park, Rosedale, Valley Stream and Westbury and in Suffolk County:  Bohemia, Brentwood, Commack, East Farmingdale, East Islip, Farmingville, Huntington, Lake Grove, Lindenhurst, Miller Place, North Babylon, Patchogue, Riverhead and Shirley.




-mom a la mode




{I received a complimentary meal at Paramus Applebee’s for my family for review purposes only. All opinions expressed here are solely mine.}


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  1. Promotion Description: The ‘Applebee’s Dinner for 2’ (“Sweepstakes”) begins on 06/17/2014 at 11:45 AM (Eastern Time (US & Canada)) and ends on 06/21/2014 at 12 AM (Eastern Time (US & Canada)) (the “Promotion Period”). By participating in the Sweepstakes, each entrant unconditionally accepts and agrees to comply with and abide by these Official Rules and the decisions of mom a la mode (“Sponsor”), which shall be final and binding in all respects. Sponsor is responsible for the collection, submission or processing of Entries and the overall administration of the giveaway. Entrants should look solely to Sponsor with any questions, comments or problems related to the Sweepstakes.
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1 (#) winner(s) will receive [ 1 Gift Certificate for Dinner for 2 at Applebee’s] (approximate retail value or “ARV”: $60)

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18 thoughts on “Sampling the Season’s Best Flavors at Applebee’s {Giveaway Closed}

  1. I can’t wait to try the grilled chicken wonton tacos. Of course I will also be drinking a mudslide. Applebees makes the best drinks.

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