Applebee's International, Inc. is the leader in the casual dining segment of the United States restaurant marketplace. The company franchises and operates more than 1,100 restaurants under the Applebee's Neighborhood Grill & Bar name, about a quarter of which it owns. The eateries offer moderately priced, high-quality food and drink for all ages in a friendly, informal atmosphere. Applebee's is continuing to expand, with 1,800 outlets the company's stated goal. A smaller restaurant format has been designed for areas with populations under 25,000, to facilitate penetration of previously untapped markets.



Roast Beef, Bacon & Mushroom Melt

Applebee's Restaurant Copycat Recipe

Serves 1

1 slice center cut bacon
1/4 cup thinly sliced red onion
1/2 cup sliced mushrooms
2 tablespoons red wine
2 slices bread
1 slice Swiss cheese
thinly sliced roast beef
2 teaspoons butter

Cook bacon until crispy, either in a skillet over medium heat or on a microwave-safe plate in the microwave. (See package for cook time.)

Bring a skillet sprayed with nonstick spray to medium heat. Cook and stir onion until softened, about 4 minutes. Remove onion. Add mushrooms to the skillet. Carefully add wine and 2 tablespoons water. Cook and stir until mushrooms are soft and liquid has evaporated, about 5 minutes.

Lay bread slices flat, and top one slice with cheese, roast beef, onion, and mushrooms. Break bacon in half and place over mushrooms. Add the other bread slice, and spread the top with 1 teaspoon butter. Clean skillet, re-spray, and return to medium heat. Place sandwich in the skillet, buttered side down. Spread the top with remaining 1 tsp. butter. Cook until lightly browned, about 2 minutes per side, pressing down with a spatula to seal.

Southwest Shrimp Fettuccine

Applebee's Restaurant Copycat Recipe

fettuccine noodles, cooked according to directions
4 ounces raw shrimp, peeled, tails removed, deveined
1 teaspoon lime juice
1/4 teaspoon chili powder
1 teaspoon sour cream
1/2 teaspoon chopped garlic
1 wedge The Laughing Cow Light Queso Fresco & Chipotle cheese
2 tablespoons black bean and corn salsa
1 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro

Bring a skillet sprayed with nonstick spray to medium heat. Add shrimp, top with lime juice, and stir. Sprinkle with chili powder. Cook and stir for about 4 minutes, until cooked through.

Transfer shrimp to a medium bowl, and cover to keep warm. Remove skillet from heat. Clean, if needed. Re-spray and return to medium heat. Add noodles, sour cream, garlic, and cheese wedge, breaking the wedge into pieces. Cook and stir until cheese has melted, mixed with sour cream, and coated noodles, 2 - 3 minutes. Transfer to a plate or bowl. Top with shrimp, salsa, and cilantro.

Mango Martini

Applebee's Copycat Recipe

1 oz Parrot Bay Mango
1/2 oz Cointreau
1/2 oz Peachtree Schnapps
1 oz Pineapple Juice
1 oz Cranberry Juice
Top with splash of lemon lime soda

Dos Rita Cocktail

Applebee's Copycat Recipe

3/4 oz Sauza Hornitos
3/4 oz Cuervo Gold
Margarita Mix (applebees mix includes triple sec flavoring)
1 oz Orange Juice (float)

Jamaican Freeze

Applebee's Copycat Recipe

1 1/4 oz Malibu Pineapple
3/4 oz Midori
2 oz Pina Colada Mix
1 oz Banana Puree

Blend all ingredients with ice until smooth. Pour into Collins glass and garnish with a pineapple slice and a cherry.


Applebee's Copycat Recipe

1 1/2 oz Rum
1 1/2 oz Club Soda
3 fresh Mint Sprigs
2 tsp Sugar
3 tbsp fresh Lemon Juice

Mix all the ingredients in a cocktail shaker and pour into an unusually shaped glass. Add crushed ice.

Road Runner Cocktail

Applebee's Copycat Recipe

1/2 oz. Bacardi Light Rum
1/2 oz. Blackberry Liqueur
1/2 oz. Banana Liqueur
1/2 oz. Grenadine
3 oz. Sweet and Sour mix
1/2 oz. Float of Bacardi Black Rum
1/2 Scoop of Ice

Bloody Mary

Applebee's Classic Bloody Mary

2 oz. Absolut Vodka
Fill to 1/2 inch from the top with Bloody Mary Mix
1 snit Beer (optional)

Garnish: Red onion ring & green pepper ring hung over celery stick.

Serve in a hurricane glass with ice.

Frozen Daiquiris

Applebee's Copycat Recipe

1 1/2 oz. Rum
1 oz. Sweet and Sour Mix
4 oz. Frozen strawberries (peach, banana, and lime can substitute)
1/2 scoop Ice

Garnish: Fresh Fruit Garnish (depending on flavor)

Summer Squeeze Cocktail

Applebee's Copycat Recipe

Makes 2 Drinks

4 ounces fresh lemon
juice (from 2 to 3 lemons)
1/4 cup granulated sugar
2 cups water
3 ounces Bacardi Limon rum
6 lemon wedges

Prepare lemonade by combining the fresh lemon juice, sugar, and water in a small pitcher. Stir until sugar dissolves. Make drinks by filling each of two 16 ounce glasses with ice. Add 1 1/2 ounces of Bacardi Limon to each glass and fill to the top with lemonade. Squeeze two lemon wedges into each glass, and then drop the wedges into the drink. Put a slice in each of the remaining two lemon wedges and add one to the rim of each glass.