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Applebee's International Inc.

  • Blogs

    October 1, 2014

    Review: Gratifi Stands Out for the Wrong Reasons

    Brunch at Gratifi is a leisurely affair, whether or not you want it to be. A little less than two hours after we first sat down for brunch on Sunday, my wife's pain perdue arrived, soggy in the middle. Perhaps the kitchen had rushed it out, a too-late attempt at absolution for its egregious lateness ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 7, 2014

    5 Worst Fast Food/Chain Restaurant Salads

    Granted, if you go to a fast food or chain restaurant and order a salad, you're sort of asking for it. These institutions weren't founded to provide the people of the United States with interesting combinations of healthful garden fare and the addition of dishes involving fruits and vegetables to t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 20, 2014

    How to Order a Bottle of Wine in a Restaurant (Without Feeling Like an Idiot)

    Please click here for previous entries in our "how-to wine" series. How can I put this delicately? I get treated like shit by sommeliers more often than I'd like to admit. I guess I just have a face that screams wine idiot. It's hard to believe, but sadly, it's true. As much as I hate to write ... More >>

  • Dining

    January 16, 2014

    Tipping in Restaurants Reaches a Tipping Point

    Will 2014 be the year it's abolished?

  • Blogs

    January 14, 2014

    PSA: Stop Sharing Photos of Receipts with Crazy Tips and Messages

    2013 will go down in history as the year of sharing restaurant receipts via social media. First it was the Applebee's employee who shared a a photo of a check left by a pastor who included no tip, for religious reasons.Then there was the pushback and subsequent Instagram account by Tips for Jesus, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 6, 2014

    Tipping in Restaurants Reaches a Tipping Point ... Will 2014 Be the Year It's Abolished?

    Next time you hear a waiter or waitress complain about their tips, remember that the United States and Canada have the biggest tippers in the world (but maybe don't tell them that fact, 'cause it probably won't help). In many other countries, service is included in the bill, and tipping is reserved ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 25, 2013

    "Club Apple" Rocks Applebee's Late Night Around the Country, But Not in Houston...Yet

    If you're one of the connoisseurs of fine cuisine people who eats at Applebee's on a regular basis, you might have noticed that they remain open until 2 a.m. all over Houston. Why would a family dining establishment stay open that late? Because at night, Applebee's transforms into a lively bar scene ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 27, 2013

    Healthy Fast Food Menu Items Can Lure and Deceive Consumers

    If you're on a diet, or are at least trying to eat healthier, you probably don't frequent fast food restaurants throughout the day. A typical fast food menu isn't full of healthy and nutritious items. However, a few fast food chains recently began to add lighter options to menus, due in part to a re ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 1, 2013

    And We Still Got the Shaft: Self-Righteous Tipper Gets Waitress Fired After Being Outed on the Internet

    Any healthy adult will tell you that the proper response to being called out on a self-admitted mistake is to have the dignity and wherewithal to own the mistake and work toward improvement in the future. That sounds like a lot of work, though, and apparently Pastor Alois Bell thought so too. Pasto ... More >>

  • Dining

    October 4, 2012

    100 Favorite Dishes 2012

    No. 1, Korean Braised Goat and Dumplings at Underbelly.

  • Blogs

    September 25, 2012

    5 Chain Food Trucks We Wish Existed

    A few weeks ago, I was riding my bike past an otherwise quiet hotel parking lot on the edge of EaDo when I spotted it: a Taco Bell-branded food truck. The truck was dormant, its driver perhaps holed up in the cheap hotel, and I've yet to see the truck since. I wonder if it was just passing through H ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 11, 2012

    Edible War Games and Live Fire: DEFCON Dining at Foreign & Domestic

    Dining out with children is an exercise in situational awareness. Each experience is unique, with different variables leading to different possible outcomes, DEFCON-like in their escalating threat levels. Keen observation, forward planning and prior experience are critical in determining the proper ... More >>

  • News

    August 23, 2012

    How to Speak Republican

    Leaked document reveals the secrets of the GOP's coded language.

  • Dining

    August 2, 2012

    BlackFinn's Average American

    Midtown "grille" offers something for everyone.

  • Blogs

    May 21, 2012

    Jim Rome Smack-Off 2012: The Party's Over

    In entertainment, everything has a logical arc. Whether we're talking about a television series, a radio show or a particular personality, they all have a shelf life as to how long they can remain compelling, a shelf life with a beginning, a middle and an end. The end is rarely pretty, and perhap ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 22, 2011

    Five Ways to Protect Yourself from Being Victimized Using Social Media During the Holidays

    You don't need booby traps to keep criminals out of your house.​Lots of people go out of town for the holidays to visit relatives or to get as far away from relatives as possible. Both are understandable, but in this era of modern social networking, it's important to be careful about how you i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 10, 2011

    Happy 31st Birthday, Turducken: 8 Foods Born in 1980

    Thirty-one is officially too old to try to learn how to use Photoshop.​Tomorrow, on 11-11-11, I will turn 31 years old. Last year, for my 30th birthday, my uncle sent me a Facebook message that contained only the following Pink Floyd quote and a "Happy Birthday" at the end: So you run and you ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 19, 2011

    30 Seconds With Astronautalis

    Rocks Off hitched a ride on a space whale in order to hook up with Andy Bothwell, also known as Astronautalis to see what we could learn about our biggest hope for rap in 30 seconds. paperocean​Rocks Off: What is the worst song in the world? Astronautalis: "Love in an Elevator" by Aerosmith. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 19, 2011

    The Best and Worst Celebrity Endorsements

    What is she... Is she literally pouring herself a glass of wine?​A few weeks back, I saw a Tweet from my friend Melissa, who found herself alternately captivated and horrified by what she'd come across in her local Kroger. It was a sign advertising a line of Pinot Grigio from Ramona Singer (ab ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 17, 2011

    Restaurant Lawyer David Jordan on Tip Pools and Illegal Immigration

    ​David Jordan is a partner in the Houston office of Littler Mendelson, an international law firm specializing in labor and employment law. Before he was a lawyer, Jordan worked in the restaurant industry for several years: flipping burgers at Burger King when he was in high school; working in ... More >>

  • Film

    February 24, 2011

    Hall Pass

    The Farrellys fulfill their raunch and goo quotients.

  • News

    September 30, 2010
  • Blogs

    September 24, 2010

    The Night I Snuck Around Jones Hall and...Oh, Yeah...Talked to Anthony Bourdain

    Katharine ShilcuttCan you spot our mustachioed interloper? ​Fellow chef Mike Nutt, the Chef de Cuisine at Laurenzo's Grill on Washington, invited me to tag along with him and the other chefs catering the book signing following Anthony Bourdain's sold-out talk at Jones Hall, called Up Close and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 24, 2010

    Houston Texans -- F the Cowboys (or #FDACOWBOYS on Twitter)

    cutline​Not long ago, I got into a brief discussion on Twitter with another radio personality whom I am forbidden to name whose name I don't exactly recall. I don't remember the crux of the tweet-versation (something having to do with blogs and the inherent evil that blogs possess to anyone over ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 17, 2010

    The 5 Scariest Things About Denny's

    boost ventilatorBasically an entire goddamn Grand Slam Breakfast between two slices of bread.​In the recent kerfluffle regarding Denny's new sandwich, the Fried Cheese Melt, we seem to have forgotten that it's far from the only reason to be afraid of the 24-hour restaurant chain. Allow us to r ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 25, 2010

    A Field Guide To The Fans In Town For The NCAA Regional

    ​Wow, having a NCAA Tournament regional is almost like having a Super Bowl!! Hordes of fans come to town, pack the bars and strip joints, throw money around like drunken sailors and appall the locals while keeping bartenders and cheap hotels happy.Except in Houston. Which has somehow managed to ge ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 9, 2010

    Casa Mariachi in Pasadena

    ​For a lazy Saturday night dinner, our family ended up in Pasadena. After some deliberation of where to go -- "Applebees?" "Ew! No!" -- someone suggested that we go to Casa Mariachi (5824 Spencer Highway, 281-998-2272). None of us had been, but it was near our gathering point, so we decided on ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 11, 2009

    The Chronicle's Columnist Does BARC Again, And Again The Result Is WTF?

    ​If you heard what sounded like a sonic boom this morning, it was the thunderclap of Hair Balls's head exploding. And why would that be? Because one of the nation's biggest newspapers -- the daily for the fourth-largest city in the country -- allowed a columnist to print the bizarre evangelic ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 20, 2009

    Late Night Scene: House of Pies

    Photo by Katharine ShilcuttBayou Goo at the House of PiesIt's an existential dilemma: What is House of Pies without a sense of irony? What if you woke up one afternoon and discovered a late-night guilty pleasure of negligible culinary quality but spectacular crowd-watching was... respectable? Since ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 23, 2009

    Ask a Rapper: Yung Redd of Swishahouse

    The hip-hop world is a less than sensible place - lots of times, you're even required to clarify when bad means bad and when bad means good - so once a week we're going to get with a rapper and ask them to explain things. Have something you always wanted to ask a rapper? Email introducingliston@gmai ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 21, 2009

    Is Mooyah Burger a Mooby's Knockoff?

    Mooyah Burger on Bay Area Boulevard is another contestant in Houston's gourmet burger beauty pageant. The chain touts "100% fresh lean American beef (never frozen, no additive, fillers or preservatives)." But if you ask me, the meat at Mooyah burger is too lean. Though cooked to medium, my burger wa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 12, 2008

    Top Ten WTF Sports Moments of 2008

    It's end of year time, which means it's time for stupid lists. And if there's anything you guys have learned about me, it's that I like stupid lists. So I present this year's Top Ten WTF Moments in Sports for 2008. 10. The Cleveland Browns suspended tight end Kellen Winslow, Jr. for conduct det ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 12, 2008

    Top Ten WTF Sports Moments of 2008

    It's end of year time, which means it's time for stupid lists. And if there's anything you guys have learned about me, it's that I like stupid lists. So I present this year's Top Ten WTF Moments in Sports for 2008. 10. The Cleveland Browns suspended tight end Kellen Winslow, Jr. for conduct det ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 2, 2008

    Tuesday Morning Quarterbacking: Were You Ready for Some Boring Football?

    I can't believe I wasted over three hours of my life watching the Houston Texans last night. Sure, they won the game 30-17, but damn, that was an awful game to watch. I found the document review I was working on to be more interesting than most of that game - and you attorneys out there know that ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 2, 2008

    Tuesday Morning Quarterbacking: Were You Ready for Some Boring Football?

    I can't believe I wasted over three hours of my life watching the Houston Texans last night. Sure, they won the game 30-17, but damn, that was an awful game to watch. I found the document review I was working on to be more interesting than most of that game - and you attorneys out there know that ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 6, 2008

    Sysco Slapped for Bait and Switch with Florida Fish

    Houston-based Sysco, the nation's largest food wholesaler, got nailed earlier this week by the office of the Florida Attorney General for passing off cheaper fish as grouper in 14 Tampa-area restaurants. (Hey, at least the company wasn't passing off pork as veal.) Sysco, which has supplied food to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 5, 2008

    Sysco Slapped for Bait and Switch with Florida Fish

    Houston-based Sysco, the nation's largest food wholesaler, got nailed earlier this week by the office of the Florida Attorney General for passing off cheaper fish as grouper in 14 Tampa-area restaurants. (Hey, at least the company wasn't passing off pork as veal.) Sysco, which has supplied food to ... More >>

  • Music

    July 24, 2008

    RocBar: Too Pretty To Rock?

    Cookie-Cutter Attitude

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    May 5, 2008
  • News

    January 10, 2008
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    February 22, 2007
  • Blogs

    February 22, 2007

    Eat That, New York!

    Slate had an article yesterday on Houston's own Sysco, the nation's largest food wholesaler, responsible for meals at Yankee Stadium, the Four Seasons, Applebee's and Club Gitmo. You can check out the article here, or read the HouStoned CliffsNotes version after the jump, courtesy of MS Word's Au ... More >>

  • News

    November 16, 2006

    Viva la Margarita!

    The drink that changed the way we eat

  • News

    April 13, 2006

    Brave New World

    A Heights family is targeted in the name of progress

  • Music

    November 3, 2005

    Redneck Renaissance

    Gretchen Wilsons return to town makes us wonder, Whats really behind all these songs about Wal-Mart, cheap beer and NASCAR?

  • Calendar

    April 7, 2005
  • News

    July 22, 2004

    Got It, Flaunt It

    Those campaign donations aren't buying yard signs and pamphlets

  • News

    March 1, 2001

    Tresspassers Will Be Prosecuted

    Ranch Rescue's Jack Foote swears he just wants to mend fences. Is pseudomilitary secrecy, right-wing rhetoric and an armed vigilante militia the best way?

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