Much like Olive Garden, the Cheesecake Factory and Cracker Barrel, Applebee's is known for their family-friendly restaurants and innovative menu.
It's no wonder that people flock to these establishments in every area of the country to enjoy a night without having to cook.
There are, however, a handful of menu items that you should avoid if you are concerned about your waistline, and they're not as obvious as you think.
When glancing over the menu, skip these stand-out dishes.
Build-Your-Own Appetizer Sampler
This create-your-own platter can easily add up to 3,390 calories, much higher than your recommended daily intake of 2,000. This customized platter includes 65 grams of saturated fat and 11,650 milligrams of sodium if you're adding items like boneless wings, cheeseburger egg roll, chicken quesadillas, and spinach and artichoke dip.
While this platter is meant to be shared, even split 4 ways, each person would be consuming 850 calories which is equal to an Applebee's classic burger with cheese.
Southwest Jalapeño Burger
If you're ready to saddle up and head to flavor country, the Southwest Jalapeño Burger is a natural choice at Applebee's. Topped with Jack cheese, candied jalapeño and chipotle mayo, this burger will pack a punch of flavor- and calories. The burger alone will run you 1,220 calories, 79 g of fat and 72 g of carbs. It will also run you 2,340 mg of sodium and that is not including your fries.
Blue Ribbon Brownie
You may want to finish your menu with something sweet, but you may want to steer clear from this one. With a whopping calorie count of 1,600 and 212 g of total carbs, this dessert will cost you in your waistline. Loaded with 910 mg of sodium, it's probably best to take a pass on this one.
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