My husband and I needed to stop for something to eat before shopping (you know, the whole don't shop on an empty stomach thing) and decided to go to Applebees in POCO. He had been here on three other occasions but this was a first time for me.
Upon walking in we were greeted by a young friendly hostess. We were seated and we made small talk with her, all good.
Looking at the drink menu first, I liked what I saw and honestly wanted to try a couple of things on it but settled for the Mango Lemonade - my husband and a pint of lager.
Our drinks came quickly and I was not disappointed, although I'm pretty sure my "alcoholic" drink didn't have any alcohol, regardless, it was delicious.
We decided to order from the $25 deal menu - 1 appetizer and 2 entrees. To be honest, nothing really appealed to me on this menu, but because of the deal I decided to go for the Bacon Cheeseburger. My husband had the Shrimp. We chose the spinach and artichoke dip for the appetizer, it was not bad.
The meal came reasonably quick but as soon as I saw my burger I was NOT impressed! It was sloppily put together and gotta say, had a bad smell. I asked for it to not have lettuce or tomato but added mushrooms. The meat was just sloppy and I am sorry to say but I can't find the right word to describe the meat other than it was gross. I ate a quarter of it but I was starving and had to eat something. The fries were overdone leaving them dry and hard. My husband said his shrimp was kind of dry but he didn't mind them. He said they were the frozen kind you can get at Costco.
While eating, the general manager came up to us to see our baby - he made small talk, which if it was before the food arrived, it wouldn't have been a problem, but felt it was a little rude while we were "eating". He stayed a while, I almost felt like I was being rude for not asking him to sit down. Don't get me wrong, he was very friendly, I guess I just like to eat in private and not have strangers watch.
I feel I need to say that our server was very friendly and we didn't wait for things we had asked for, no problem with the service during our visit.
When we finished eating (both of us not finishing, which is very unusual for my husband), the gm came back and asked how our meal was and if there were any problems. My husband said fantastic, but I was truthful and told him it sucked. He looked around and said he doesn't like the burgers at all either. I, at first laughed, but then thought to myself, if you're the general manger and you think the burgers suck too, why the #$(*# don't you do something about it? Isn't that his job? When I was mentioning my displeasure for the meal, I was surprised that he didn't offer any kind of compensation and didn't even offer and apology. That was a turn off for me.
I think that if you wanted a few drinks in a pub like atmosphere, by all means, they are cheap and good here, but as far as ordering any type of food, I really have to advise against it. There is a pub just up the road, I've never been there, but I'm sure it's better than Applebees.