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#1
Feb 24, 2011
 
My boyfriend told me that a friend of his who worked as a "cook" for
Applebee's told him that they didn't actually cook anything there, just
used microwaves to heat pre-cooked food.

Just a few weeks ago, a close friend participated in a fundraiser in which
she an her co-workers served food at Applebee's for tips (which were
donated to a local charity). She confirmed the pervasive use of
microwaves instead of grills or stove tops.

I'd like to know if this is true. I don't eat at Applebee's anyway (the
food is disgusting), but I would like to know the facts.
sure its true

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#2
Feb 24, 2011
 
romans love it. little restaurants suffer while franchise food sells. people here are so stupid
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Tully, NY

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#3
Feb 24, 2011
 
apple wrote:
My boyfriend told me that a friend of his who worked as a "cook" for
Applebee's told him that they didn't actually cook anything there, just
used microwaves to heat pre-cooked food.
Just a few weeks ago, a close friend participated in a fundraiser in which
she an her co-workers served food at Applebee's for tips (which were
donated to a local charity). She confirmed the pervasive use of
microwaves instead of grills or stove tops.
I'd like to know if this is true. I don't eat at Applebee's anyway (the
food is disgusting), but I would like to know the facts.
I got take out last week. Three entrees, two appetizers. After placing the order they said ten minutes. WTF...like the chinese place. There was NO WAY you could have made my meals in 10 minutes even with everything all prepped. So, I believe that it must be just heat & serve. Now, I hear Outback makes all their stuff fresh. Anyone know about that ??
Anonymous

Oswego, NY

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#4
Feb 24, 2011
 
I knew some 'cooks' there too.....it's true...a lot of items are pre-portioned and frozen...but that has been a successful blueprint for restaurant chains for years....they are just trying to make money...off people who don't know any better....what good food could or should taste like....I once heard a comment from someone about a restaurant 'hotel' in Rome saying they love it there...I said the food sucks, and they said yeah, but they give you a lot......in my book....food still sucks no matter how much they give you....LOL
I go to Applebee's for the bar...love those margaritas and LI iced teas!
Julia Child

Utica, NY

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#5
Feb 24, 2011
 
All the chains are like that which is why, with all the great REAL restaurants we have in this area it amazes me that the chains continue to increase in number and thrive. I guess when people are brought up eating McDonalds and KFC, they don't know any better.
Name that tune

Oneida, NY

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#6
Feb 24, 2011
 
Try the Vigneto; used to be the Plaza, HOMEMADE food.
Not just chains

Watertown, NY

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#7
Feb 24, 2011
 
Casa too Mucha nukes the food too. So it isn't just chains that do it.
its true

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#8
Feb 24, 2011
 
Name that tune wrote:
Try the Vigneto; used to be the Plaza, HOMEMADE food.
peppers in the sauce real matigon . owners always drunk wanders table to table
utican

Windham, NH

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#9
Feb 24, 2011
 
So does symeons, microwave there food.
Pineapples10

Mexico, NY

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#10
Feb 24, 2011
 
Anyone who would eat at Applebees (see also: Chilis, Red Lobster, Olive Garden, etc) is human trash
zapper

Utica, NY

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#11
Feb 24, 2011
 
how do you think that these restaurants can serve 200-300 people in one sitting? Chain restaurants use pre portioned, pre cooked, microwaved and anything else to get the food out faster. The whole back of the house operations exists on a platform of 8-10 min for all their food. After 19 yrs in the restaurant biz you have to do that to get the turnover. Fried food...3-4 mins to cook if everything is prepped. Broiled food....8-10 min in a convection industrial oven. Grill, at 550-600 degrees you can cook a medium steak perfect at just about 10 min. The designs are to feed a mass amount of people in a minimum amount of time. Most chains precook their pasta and microwave to heat it up along with the sauce. And yet people still pay big $$$$ and go to these chains! Oh and those breadstix at Olive Garden....frozen and then just heated in the oven! They have what is essentially a fryer that has not oil but boiling water going, precook the pasta in morning and then just bam...heat the pasta in like 2-3 min. A great system if you ask me!
Bigger Joke

Utica, NY

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#12
Feb 24, 2011
 
So are half the so-called fresh things in the grocery store. I like eating salads at Applebee's, and you can't freeze vegetables.. Are you surprised the burgers are frozen? French Fries, Sea Food, Chicken and breads. Hell I have been heating bread items for dinner for years, either frozen or refrigerated.

I am not a bit surprised to hear their food is frozen ect., were you really thinking otherwise?
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Utica, NY

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Feb 25, 2011
 

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Bigger Joke wrote:
So are half the so-called fresh things in the grocery store. I like eating salads at Applebee's, and you can't freeze vegetables.. Are you surprised the burgers are frozen? French Fries, Sea Food, Chicken and breads. Hell I have been heating bread items for dinner for years, either frozen or refrigerated.
I am not a bit surprised to hear their food is frozen ect., were you really thinking otherwise?
I would just like to point out to you that the "salad" at most restaurants is bagged salad. I has been processed and not real "fresh" Tomatoes,Cukes, Peppers etc all come with a wax film so they can last longer. The salad and onions come cryovac and have a shelf life of up to 10 days! watch out for those salads too
No Cook

Utica, NY

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#14
Feb 25, 2011
 
Crapplebee's is horrible. What about 99 is that frozen,too?

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#15
Feb 25, 2011
 
The food might me frozen, but the waitresses are hot. The girls in North Utica; Abby, Danielle, Brittney, Jen, Debbie and that hot little Russian girl... And don't forget Gina and Haley behind the bar. Luv ya all girls.
Bob

Yorkville, NY

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#16
Feb 25, 2011
 
When it comes to chain restaurants consistency is everything. You cant have food made from scratch at a chain restaurant and expect it to taste the same at one 1000 miles away. Customers go to these chains because they are familiar and know they will get a good meal.
The chains also are extremely focused on food safety which many local restaurants aren't.
I could tell you that as a previous manager for many local restaurants and an Applebees there are grills, flattop griddles and fryers. But alot of reheating is done in microwaves because it is faster and more reliable.
When you goto a restaurant alot of the times its about getting your meal quickly and that is what the microwaves are for.

just my two cents..
Bunger Defiled69

Baldwinsville, NY

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Feb 25, 2011
 

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Wow what insight cute that you know all their names...do you tell them about how you fcuked Sue that time??

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Watertown, NY

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#18
Feb 25, 2011
 
Then don't eat there. You say it like it's a crime.
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Utica, NY

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Feb 25, 2011
 
zapper wrote:
<quoted text>I would just like to point out to you that the "salad" at most restaurants is bagged salad. I has been processed and not real "fresh" Tomatoes,Cukes, Peppers etc all come with a wax film so they can last longer. The salad and onions come cryovac and have a shelf life of up to 10 days! watch out for those salads too
Well you are nearly totally incorrect. Yes lettuce, carrots and cabbage are usually pre-processed. As well there is spinich available pre-packaged. But you are very wrong about, tomatoes, cucumbers and peppers. Peppers and onions are packaged and frozen, to be used in cooked foods. But you cannot pre process tomatoes, cucumbers or peppers as they wilt and soften very quickly.

As for a single person I enjoy packaged salad mix often, and find it very economical. Spending $.79 for two days of salad base is much more economical than buying a head of lettuce, and the other ingrediants. And they are wilted and broening before a third day can use them, so I throw nothing out.
Matt

Moravia, NY

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#20
Feb 25, 2011
 
It's never been a secret that most every chain restaurant's food is "portion control" that has been prepared in a factory and simply re-heated at the restaurant. Even local independant restaurants use some portion control foods. Given the choice between a chain restaurant and a good local restaurant, I would tend to choose the local restaurant. The advantage to chain restaurants and portion control foods is the consistency and uniformity of each meal. You can expect the same degree of quality each time.

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