New Hand-Cut Wood Fired offerings at Applebee’s

Momee Friends highly recommends heading to your local Applebee’s to enjoy a great family dining experience with a smokey flavor that will have your taste buds bursting with a delicious smoky flavor.


“The new certified USDA Choice Hand-Cut Wood Fired Steaks and Bone-In Pork Chops are hand-cut by trained meat cutters through a comprehensive process to ensure the highest quality, freshness and optimal thickness. The restaurants have renovated kitchens, revamped menus and selected these trained chefs to be the official in-house Meat Cutters where they start with a whole sirloin or bone-in pork rack, evaluate and then cut each perfect steak or chop with their American-made knife exclusively designed for Applebee’s meat cutters.”

You can head into Applebee’s today and the menu will include:

  • 8 oz. and 6 oz. Hand-cut USDA Choice Top Sirloin Steaks

  • Hand-cut Bone-in Pork Chops with Honey Apple Chutney

  • Cedar-grilled Salmon with Maple Mustard Glaze

  • Grilled chicken breast

    Additionally, meats and vegetables prepared on the new Wood Fired Grills will be featured in many other guest favorites – from salads to appetizers – adding the right amount of mild smokiness to each bite.

I had the pleasure of visiting the Lake Grove location where the staff was super friendly and accommodating. The general Manager, Derek Guzman was super friendly and made sure our experience was enjoyable. Derek took pride in explaining how Applebee’s has revamped their menu and how much love and preparation goes into making the guest dining experience at Applebee’s a priority. Alex our server was very knowledgable of the new Wood-Fired Grill menu and was excited to make her recommendations of her favorite new items. She recommended the Steak Quesadilla and it was delicious. It was so good that my two-year old was loving the cheesiness of each bite with the addition of tender steak and veggies inside. Yes, she ate a quesadilla with more than just the cheese. SCORE!

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When you go out with your little ones you want to have a drink right away and place their order promptly and Alex did an amazing job at making sure the girls were all set so that Mommy and Daddy could enjoy their meal, too. The kids menu had great choices all around for kids to pick from. The “pickiest” of eaters will have something they will enjoy off the kids menu. I know first hand because my four-year old is one of the pickiest eaters.

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My husband and I tried two of the new entrees. Whenever we go out to eat we always get two different entrees and sides so we can divide everything up for an awesome meal of a little bit of this and a little bit of that. I have to give Derek credit for helping us select these delicious new items and he paired the sides perfectly with each entree.

Entree #1: 8 oz. Top Sirloin

with 4 Cheese Mac and Cheese and Fire-Grilled Veggies

You tasted the wood fire smoke on this tender sirloin steak. The Fire-Grilled veggies really stood out on this plate. I love veggies but the wood fire smoke flavor on these veggies brought out a flavor that is crave-able. I honestly enjoyed the fresh cut veggies so much and once you try them you are going to wish you had a wood fire grill to prepare your meals each night just like this dish was prepared. The mac and cheese was perfectly cheesy and topped with bacon. Who doesn’t love bacon? Overall, a must-try for a Kansas City flavored dish right here on Long Island for you to enjoy.

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Entree #2: Bone-in Pork Chop with Honey Apple Chutney

with Maple Pecan Mashed Sweet Potatoes and Garlicky Green Beans

Pork Chops go perfectly with Apple Sauce (and it is one of my favorite combinations). Applebee’s has elevated my favorite dinner combination with their perfectly sweetened Apple Chutney and the Garlicky Green Beans were perfectly cooked. But, let’s talk about these Maple Pecan Mashed Sweet Potatoes for a moment. You know when you try to leave your favorite part of the meal for the last bite? Well, the sweet potato mash is addicting and perfectly made. There is not one thing I would change about it except I would order it for dessert , too. The pecans and maple butter were a great addition. As sweet as this dish sounds it is not overpoweringly sweet and I highly recommend trying the Bone-in Pork Chop with these two sides. 

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Dining out with your family can be challenging. Are the kids going to act out? Are they going to enjoy the menu items? I have to say that Applebee’s has done a wonderful job of making sure that the family dining experience is something that is enjoyable.

The are keeping our kids entertained at the table, too. Did you know Applebee’s has these awesome table side tablets that allow you to order an appetizer or dessert as soon as you sit down? The tablets also features games for kids of all ages. The cost is an additional $1.99 for unlimited game play that will be added to your check, automatically with a click of a button. Have two children? It is still $1.99 and they will give you a second tablet for both kids to play their own games without fighting over the one tablet at the table. GENIUS!

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 Thank you Applebee’s for having Momee Friends visit for a perfect family dining experience with delicious food. We will be back again, soon.

Are you a frequent guest at Applebee’s ?

Ask for their Frequent Diner’s Club card and be rewarded for dining at your local restaurant. After 10 visits you will receive a FREE Entree.

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There are 22 Applebee’s locations on Long Island. WOW!

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In Nassau County:  Baldwin, Bellmore, Bethpage, Elmont, New Hyde Park, Rosedale, Valley Stream and Westbury. In Suffolk County:  Bohemia, Brentwood, Commack, East Farmingdale, East Islip, Farmingville, Huntington, Lake Grove, Lindenhurst, Miller Place, North Babylon, Patchogue, Riverhead and Shirley. With so many Neighborhood Grill & Bar locations I am sure you and your family will find one near your town.


About Doherty Enterprises, Inc.   

Established in 1985, Doherty Enterprises, Inc. is recognized as the 68th largest privately-held business in the New York Metro area by Crain’s Business and the 10th  largest franchisee in the United States as ranked in the Restaurant Finance Monitor, operating seven restaurant concepts including: Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill & Bar, Panera Bread, Chevys Fresh Mex, Quaker Steak & Lube, Noodles & Company, and two of its own concepts, The Shannon Rose Irish Pub and Spuntino Wine Bar and Italian Tapas. In 2015, Nation’s Restaurant News ranked Doherty Enterprises as the 78th largest U.S. Foodservice revenue company, up from 85 in 2014. To date, Doherty Enterprises owns and operates over 160 restaurants in northern, southern and central New Jersey, Long Island, Queens, Brooklyn, Staten Island, Florida and Georgia – including newly acquired locations in the Miami area. The Doherty vision is to be the “Best Food Service Company in the Communities We Serve” and its mission is to “Wow Every Guest Every Time, Wow Our People, Wow Our Communities and Wow Our Suppliers.” (


About Applebee’s®

Applebee’s Grill & Bar brings together a lively bar & grill experience offering hand-crafted drinks and craveable, simple, American food with flare featuring vibrant flavors and real, fresh ingredients. All Applebee’s restaurants are owned and operated by entrepreneurs dedicated to serving their communities and offering the best in food and drinks with neighborly, genuine service. With more than 2,000 locations in 49 states, Guam, Puerto Rico and 15 countries, Applebee’s is one of the world’s largest casual dining brands. Applebee’s restaurants are franchised by DineEquity Inc.’s (NYSE: DIN) subsidiary, Applebee’s Franchisor LLC and its affiliates.


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Want a chance to try the new Fire Grilled Items for FREE?

We have a chance for you to win a certificate for two to dine at your local Neighborhood Grill & Bar.

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*The certificate is valid at Applebee’s locations owned by Doherty Enterprises 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.*

Only one winner will be chosen. We will pick a winner Monday (June 6th, 2016)  at 10am.

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