Applebees - Don't Get The Riblets!
SARATOGA SPRINGS, NEW YORK -- My friend and I were wanting to grab a quick meal. Applebees was near by so we stopped there and wanted to investigate their 2 for $20 deal. We both ordered the Riblet Platter. For an added $2 you get more 'ribs'. I have to admit that this was the worst meal I have ever eaten. I did spend several years cooking at a 4 star restaurant so my taste buds are a bit above average, but I took into account this was a chain restaurant.
The platter came out and the 'ribs' were swimming in sauce, which I had to scrape off to find the 'rib'. The first bite into the rib resulted in having something thin, sharp, and bone like, slicing the roof of my mouth and sticking between my teeth.
Investigating what I had bitten into, I discovered there wasn't a RIB in the ribs. Rather, there were a series of small thin bone plates running horizontally across the thing that had been cut to look like a rib. What I had bitten into is the section of back bone that runs from the last rib down to the hip. These are trimmings that are normally thrown away, or sold to processing plants for animal feed. Not sold for human consumption.
We got french fries as a side and could not eat those either. They had so much salt on them I think the kitchen spilled the box of salt on them and rather than using them to take ice off the road, just served them as non-consumable food.
Complaining to the management did no good and neither did contacting the main office.
The dessert was rather pleasant, a chocolate brownie and molten chocolate cake.
With beverages, the bill came to $40. So much for the 2 for $20 deal, or ever eating at Applebees again.
The best I can say is the waitress was apologetic and pleasant.