7 Secrets Applebee’s Doesn’t Want You to Know — Eat This Not That

3. Some menu items are indeed microwaved.

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3. Some menu items are indeed microwaved.

Despite its public success, Applebee's keeps a few key details private. Read on to discover seven secrets the chain keeps hidden.

Courtesy of Applebee'sWe all know that fast-food and fast-casual salads aren't exactly the epitome of a healthy meal, and often, you're better off just getting aburger. But compared to some of the other entrée options Applebee's has to offer, we had a hard time believing that a salad wouldn't be at least a mildly better choice.

Turns out, it isn't. When we looked at the nutrition info for entrée salads offered at the chain, we realized that five out of seven clocked in at more than 1,000 calories. That's just as bad, if not worse than, a Big Mac with fries.For example, the

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The chain's salads are hardly healthy Courtesy of Applebee's We all know that fast-food and fast-casual salads aren't exactly the epitome of a healthy meal, and often, you're better off just getting a burger . But compared to some of the other entrée options Applebee's has to offer, we had a hard time believing that a salad wouldn't be at least a mildly better choice. Turns out, it isn't. When we looked at the nutrition info for entrée salads offered at the chain, we realized that five out of seven clocked in at more than 1,000 calories. That's just as bad, if not worse than, a Big Mac with fries. For example, the Oriental Chicken Salad packs a whopping 1,570 calories, and is by far the worst salad on the menu calorie-wise. But even its healthier-sounding version, which comes with grilled chicken instead of breaded, packs 1,450 calories (not much better) as well as 2,190 milligrams of sodium—that's more than you should be eating in a day! All in all, the salads at Applebee's aren't much healthier than other, more indulgent menu options. Sign up for our newsletter! Once upon a time, you could allegedly get free fries Shutterstock Ask Me Anything session on Reddit a few years back, they shed light on many of the behind-the-scenes secrets of the popular chain. While there's a lot to unpack on this thread, the one revelation that caught our eye was the fact that, first, free fry refills used to exist, and second, that they stopped existing. While we don't advertise eating fries ad nauseam, it sure highlights how much more a few bucks used to get you at a restaurant. 3 Some menu items are indeed microwaved Shutterstock This is almost one of those open secrets, right? We all hope that the chain franchises we know and love aren't just reheating pre-packaged, frozen food that they import in bulk, but when it comes down to it we know they probably are. Back in 2019, that Applebee's was in fact microwaving at least some of their menu items. According to the site, though, it's basically just the dips and desserts. 4