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Not Eatin’ Good in the Neighborhood

Remember this catchy commercial “Eatin’ Good in the Neighborhood” – it’s playing in my head right now. Well, I read on the godairyfree web site that Applebee’s was an allergy-friendly place to try. You can see the recommendation here  and here, “I’ve eaten there with success as they do have quite a few options, and I had good luck with a well-educated staff.  I’ve received equally rave reviews of Applebee’s from Go Dairy Free viewers, too. Please be aware though that most of the dairy-free options are meat or seafood entrees; I did not see many vegan options on the menu, but I’m sure that they can accommodate by customizing a dish.”

Here is the link to Applebee’s allergen menus  There are nine different PDF menu’s for you to look at. If you only have one allergy then this is no big deal. However, if you have multiple (like us) then you will find yourself flipping through the many pages & cross-referencing the item that sounds most appetizing to see if it makes the cut. I previewed the menus on their web site before visiting the restaurant in order to determine that I could indeed eat there.

I decided upon either a New York strip or Ribeye

Not Including Sides
New York Strip

And for my sides I selected Seasonal Vegetables and Crispy Red Potatoes.

Baked Potato – Regular and Loaded
Signature Cole Slaw
French Fries
Fruit Side
Celery Side
Herb Potatoes
Mexi Rice
Seasonal Vegetables
Add Fried Shrimp
Crispy Red Potatoes

I figured Noah would eat the same; we could share my plate.

When we get to Applebee’s I asked for the allergy menus & he brought me the printed PDF’s. We looked through them & made our selections then ordered exactly what they had on the menu. Only problem is that they don’t have a New York strip or Ribeye on their actual restaurant menu! In fact, ALL of their steaks are marinated & that marinade probably contains soy. So, back to square one.

On the children’s menu they have a Grilled Chicken Sandwich that I order for Noah (without the bun), a side of steamed broccoli & applesauce. For myself I order a grilled chicken breast, steamed broccoli & french fries. I really wish I had taken a picture of the puny piece of chicken they brought Noah. It was pathetic. My chicken was dry & horrible with no seasoning. I asked for no seasoning because I figured they probably use seasoned salt & it contains corn. I think I was so unsatisfied because I was REALLY looking forward to a steak. But, I didn’t have to cook it or serve it or clean up afterwards so NO complaints on any of that!

This is what is looks like on their menu!


Looking at the receipt later, they charged us for two Napa Chicken & Portobellos ($9.99) – this is what Daddy ordered, which I don’t think is fair since they used far less ingredients on my dish.


The morning after…Noah has lots of yucky poop. I know, this is not info most of you want to know but if you have a child with food allergies, it is very important. My guess is that there was some hidden ingredient in the grilled chicken (such as soy) that cause an intestinal allergic reaction.

Scratch Applebee’s off of the list of allergy-friendly places to eat. The search continues!

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