Applebees Complaint - Applebees Boneless Buffalo Wings - YUK!
Ordinarily, I don't eat at Applebees, though I've driven by the one in my neighborhood countless times. However, now that they've adopted their new "Tyler Florence (Food-TV) inspired menu items," I decided to give it a whirl. Last week, I had the Santa Fe Chicken sandwich, and it was really very good.
Today, I decided to try the place again, as I'm off work and thought I'd get some hotwings and a cold mug of beer. I ordered the "Boneless Buffalo Wings" - HOT style, and at 6.99, I'd assume the order would be at least slightly substantial.
What I got was disappointing, even "visually" from the start. The basket comes to my table, served promptly enough, but inside were 8 to 10 "thumb sized" lumps of breaded, fried chicken bites with a dark read coating, along with spartan amount of undernourished celery sticks. What "wings" these were a mock of, I have no clue.
Now I know this isn't HOOTERS, who I think have great wings, but I assumed they could come up with a reasonable (enough) facsimile. I couldn't have been more wrong. Not only were these crusty chicken balls all breading and not much white meat, but the dark red sauce was all color and no flavor. It was more "barbecue" tasting than HOT. Sorry, but these wings just didn't fly with me. I made an honest effort to eat the things, I don't want to ruffle any feathers, if you get my drift.
However, when the server came over for the custormary "How is everything" chat, I had to tell her I couldn't eat them. I'd say I consumed 1/3rd of the order in a good faith attempt to try and see. Even washing them down with cold beer didn't improve the taste much, much less the visual appeal, etc.
The server seemed genuinely apologetic and offered to make me a new batch which I flatly refused. There was a bit of an awkward pause before she decided to lift it from my tab. I voiced my complaint about the size and overall quality and informed her I do write website reviews from time to time.
She told me to "please come back and try again," which I agreed to. Too bad the "boneless buffalo wings" weren't as good as the service! I say THUMBS DOWN on this item, and let's get Tyler to look into this! Stick to the Santa Fe Chicken sandwich, you can't go wrong.