As the largest casual dining chain restaurants in the world, it's a little surprising to me that there's no Applebee's in Toronto (the closest one is in Brampton).
Chain restaurants survive and thrive because they understand their customers, know what they want and they regularly meet consumer expectations. They offer food that's fast, consistent, usually of decent quality and quantity and most importantly - at reasonable (or cheap) prices (to blow away the competition).
It was little wonder then that the Applebee's in Thunder Bay was practically packed on a Tuesday night.
The location is pretty central at the corner of Balmoral and Harbour Expressway (and between Port Arthur and Fort William)
Sizzling Skillet Fajitas with grilled chicken
It was served on a huge plate: the white cheddar cheese, pico de gallo and sour cream were on top of the lettuce and there were 4 tortillas on top of the rice (I got white rice instead of the spicy Mexi-rice). The skillet had sautéed onions, red peppers, green peppers and chicken and was slightly spicy by itself. The skillet was okay, but the tortillas were not very good: they stuck together and were pretty flimsy which ruined the fajitas. It was a lot of food for $15.
Apple Chimicheesecake with apple and cheesecake wrapped in a tortilla and deep fried
It sounded pretty awesome: deep fried cheesecake...turns out the tortilla was more a part of it than I thought. It was dusted with cinnamon and sugar, but the combination of the tortilla, apples and cheesecake pieces wasn't very appetizing. The ice cream and caramel sauce were really good.
Overall: It was an okay meal. It was pretty cheap in comparison to a lot of the other places and with hefty portions.