A few months back, we moved from Akron, Ohio down south to a spot in southern Arkansas. To say that the food in our little city (Magnolia) is a bit lacking is somewhat of an understatement. Luckily for us, there’s a town about thirty miles up the road in El Dorado, Arkansas. We’ve been looking for a reason to go to the Applebee’s as it is the one store that our toddler continually calls out when we drive by.
Anyways, we decided to stop by and see what all is going on in our local Applebee’s. The store was decently packed but we only had to wait a few minutes before we had a server take our drink order. We picked up a few soft drinks and decided to pick out a few appetizers from Applebee’s sampler menu. While they had just recently ran out of their Brew Pub Pretzels + Beer Cheese Dip, we were able to whet our appetites with their classic Mozzarella Sticks and a trio of their Chicken Wonton Tacos. The Chicken Wonton Tacos were on point, having a perfect amount of crunch with the fresh taste of the slaw / cilantro blend that en robed the chicken inside.
After we demolished the appetizers, we chose our entrees. I chose the 6 ounce sirloin steak (230 calories) along with an order of french fries and garlicky green beans with bacon (200 calories). My significant other purchased the Shrimp ‘N Parmesan Sirloin (580 calories) with the green beans and Garlic Mashed Potatoes (250 calories), while we bought the Chicken Mac ‘n Cheese (660 calories) for our daughter.
We were quite happy at the doneness level for our steaks; where there is a tendency for a great many steaks to be a bit more well done than we prefer, the steaks came out medium rare and rare respectively. The steaks were out of this world, seasoned masterfully while remaining juicy as all get out. The shrimp were little jolts of flavor, providing a nice counterpoint to the creaminess of the baked potato. We were also pleasantly surprised at the care that Applebee’s took in creating the children’s dish, as well; there was a great cheese used for the macaroni and a fair portion of chicken included as well.
We purchased the Triple Chocolate Meltdown (980 calories) and split it between us. The cake was fresh and was spongy enough to pick up ice cream, while the chocolate sauce drizzled over the top was the way in which all parts of the dish were connected.
We were able to have a tremendous dinner for three with tip for a hair under $60, and had a second serving to munch on when we got home. We’ll be checking out other Applebee’s around the region in short order, so keep an eye on our restaurant review section.
Applebee’s – 2133 N. West Ave. El Dorado, AR 71730 / Hours: Sunday through Thursday 10:45-12 and Fridays/Saturdays from 10:45-1:00. / https://restaurants.applebees.com/ar/el-dorado/ /