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Applebee’s Ewa Beach Menu Preview

As featured in the previous press preview post, on September 18, 2016, Applebee’s will open their first Hawaii location in Ewa Beach on the ever-expanding west side of Oahu. This, making it a milestone for the restaurant chain, now able to say they have locations in all 50 states. On top of that, another Applebee’s location in Kapolei will also open in 2017 at the upcoming Ka Makana Alii Mall.

That said, if you’ve never been to an Applebee’s before, this post is for you, as here you can preview the entire exact (current as of this writing) menu that will greet you at the table at their new Ewa Beach location. Which by-the-way is on Fort Weaver Road in the Ewa Town Center, by Longs and Foodland. Easy to find.

I’ve also sampled a variety of appetizers and entrees while sitting down for lunch with the owners of Applebee’s Ewa Beach restaurant, which I’ll share my first impressions of later in the post.

Check it out…

For some reason I don’t see the “All-in Burgers” above. Here’s that selection:

ALL-IN BURGERS®

All burgers include your choice of House Chips, or Classic or BBQ-spiced Fries; add an additional $3.99 for NEW Garlic or Sweet Potato Fries

ALL-DAY BRUNCH BURGER
Seared in: bacon & onion Piled on: fried egg, crispy hash browns, American cheese and ketchup
$14.49

BEER GARDEN BURGER
Seared in: bacon & onion Piled on: BLUE MOON(R) craft beer cheese, white cheddar, maple mustard, sweet & spicy pickles
$13.49

THE BLAZIN’ TEXAN
Seared in: Onions and Jalapenos, Piled on: Shredded BBQ Brisket, fresh Jalapenos, Cheddar and our Signature Grill Sauce
$14.49

TRIPLE BACON
Bacon in, bacon on, BBQ bacon ranch & cheddar cheese
$13.49

THE AMERICAN STANDARD
Pickles, bacon, onion, signature sauce & American cheese.
$12.99


You might be wondering where the desserts are, which would be located on the back of the Spirits menu. Which seems odd, thinking many folks will miss seeing it as as they browse through every other dish in the main menu . While I didn’t ask why, my thinking is because they stand their menus up on the tables, with the desserts on the back there, you can readily see it that way.

The bosses picked the dishes for the luncheon, starting with a wide variety of appetizers…


Brew Pup Pretzels with Beer Cheese Dip: Blue Moon White Cheddar Beer Cheese Dip & Honey Dijon. $10.50

Straight out the gate, these Brew Pub pretzels with that beer cheese sauce are WINNAHZ! If there’s any dish that was on the salty side, I’d say this was it, however that’s the nature of a pretzel anyway. But that Cheese Sauce? BAM! I’d be good with just this app’ and a cold Lagunitas (on tap) and call it a day!


Mozzarella Sticks. $10.50

This was the most generic “get at any pub” of everything I tried, however FWIW being frozen and fried, it was still decently good, with a subtle yet tasty dusting of herbs and delicate crust, while the melted mozzarella within tasted reasonably “fresh” and had a pleasant chewy ‘n gooey thing goin’ on.


Boneless Chicken Wings with Classic Sauce. $10.50

I really liked the crunch on the outside of these boneless wings, while the meat within was super juicy and  tender. The classic Buffalo sauce was also spot-on with a nice “twang” goin’ on. Hardcore wing fans can also opt for the bone-in version, which is also on the menu. While I didn’t ask, I’m hoping you get more than 5 wings for that price, and also would appreciate a few wings’ protocol celery sticks to go with it.


Sriracha Shrimp: BBQ Spice and Sriracha Chile Lime Sauce. 11.50

OK, these were also ROCKIN’ IT! Whoever cooked them for us knows how to cook shrimp properly, as these were sweet, succulent and juicy, right around medium to medium-done, just how I like it. While that Sriracha Lime Sauce and BBQ spices added a really nice flavor to them that would make even the most demanding Shrimp Cocktail fan such as myself happy. Definitely a considerable option to that dish.


Grilled Chicken Wonton Tacos: Spicy Chicken Stuffed Wonton Shells with Slaw and Cilantro. $10.50

These Wonton Tacos were totally BOMB WON TON DOT COM! The tiny cubes of grilled chicken in it was so juicy and tender, I had to inspect closely to see if it was indeed chicken, and not fish tacos. And the slaw topping it really went well with that crispy fried wonton shell. If they’re not already, more taco joints need to add crispy wonton shells as an option to crispy tortillas. Way better, IMO!

Next up, a few salads…


Oriental Chicken Salad: Fried Chicken Tenders, Rice Noodles and Almonds with an Oriental Vinaigrette. $12.99

The Oriental Chicken Salad was excellent as well, especially with the added crunch of the battered and fried chicken tenders vs. the usual plain ‘ole chicken meat. Fans of the dish will definitely like Applebee’s twist on it.


Thai Shrimp Salad: Edamame, almonds and an oriental salad blend are tossed in a chili lime vinaigrette and topped with juicy shrimp, wonton strips, peanut sauce and fresh cilantro. $13.49

Winner, winner shrimp salad dinner, and definitely a dish I’d consider ordering on a return visit as a healthy option. IIRC, these shrimp were cooked on that wood-fired grill, as it had a subtle smokiness to them. Very nice!

Couple of “All-In Burgers”….


Beer Garden Burger: Seared in: bacon & onion; piled on: BLUE MOON craft beer cheese, white cheddar, maple mustard, sweet & spicy pickles. Served with House Chips. $13.49


All-Day Brunch Burger: Seared in: bacon and onion; piled on: fried egg, crispy hashbrowns, American Cheese and Ketchup. $14.49 (add $3.99 extra for the Sweet Potato Fries)

For some reason (likely because we were so busy talking) both these burgers didn’t get passed back to me to try, however I’m not fretting, as these they look too busy for my personal liking, anyway. I’d go for the classic. Keep it simple. As for the sweet potato fries, at $4 extra for them, hopefully more are included on the plate for paying customers.

And the entrees…


Cedar Grilled Lemon Chicken: Cedar grilled chicken garnished with Granny Smith apple relish. Topped with lemon olive oil vinaigrette over a blend of cranberries, rice, honey-glazed pecans & quinoa.  $13.99

This came across as very light, with some complexity to it. It was good, but not something I’d order.


Fiesta Lime Chicken: Grilled chicken done fiesta-style with zesty lime sauce, Mexi- ranch and Jack-cheddar. Served with crisp tortilla strips, seasoned rice and freshly-made pico de gallo. $14.49

I don’t know why, but when I tried this, the first thing I thought of was Taco Bell in the way it tasted. Which isn’t a bad thing ,as I LOVE Taco Bell! I think because of the flavor of that Zesty Lime Sauce and “Mexi-Ranch” in combination with the abundance of melted cheese on it, along with the totally  “Tex Mex” flavor of seasoned rice it was with. Other than it being chicken, delish!


Crispy Brewhouse Chicken: Stout gravy, garlic mashed potatoes, cheddar and crispy onions. $13.99

OK, this one totally caught me by surprise. I LOVED THIS! It’s a rather strange build, kinda’ like one of them KFC bowls, which BTW, have never tried. Over a bed of garlic mashed potatoes, there’s a layer of thin-cut chicken that’s battered and fried, then directly on top of that a thick layer of melted cheddar, then totally smothered in their Stout Gravy; the latter of which is SO GOOD!


Crispy Brewhouse Chicken (money shot)

I swear that Stout Gravy is just begging to be “Loco Moco’fied”. lol  Top that off with tasty Onion Rings and BAM! While this was definitely saltier entrees on the spread, its well-matched complexity and boldness made it absolutely DELISH!


Daniel del Olmo, President of Applebee’s parent company, explains the benefits of flame grilling with American Oak wood, a focal point of their revamped menu


Shrimp & Parmesan Sirloin Steak: Hand-cut USDA Choice top sirloin, stout gravy and bacon jam. $19.49

Saving the best for last, we have two dishes from their Wood Fired Grill section, featuring American Oak wood as the source of the flame. Which imparts a subtle smokey tone, not being as potentially overbearing as Hickory or Mesquite (Kiawe).


Shrimp & Parmesan Sirloin Steak & Bacon Jam (money shot)

While the Choice grade top sirloin beef can’t compare to a ribeye T-bone in tenderness and flavor, it’s a decent cut, and certainly won’t break the banks at under $20 for the dish. Not bad, especially considering there’s also shrimp on there. I didn’t get enough of that bacon Jam on the thick slice I cut for myself to try so can’t comment on that. But I’ll bet it rocks! I’ll need to try an entire plate of this steak in a future visit to give an honest opinion (wink wink), however the cut I tasted was certainly a nice nightcap to the meal!


New Bone-In Pork Chop with Honey Apple Chutney: Cajun-seasoned hand-cut pork chop, apple chutney and maple butter. $18.49

And finally also from the Wood Fired Grill section, we have their new Bone-In Pork Chop, and this buggah was cut thick; about 1″ to be exact. It was honestly cooked more done than I’d like — around well done — however even with that, it was reasonably tender and slightly juicy. What rocked of course were those smoke-laced seared grill markings — and the pièce de résistance — that Apple Chutney and Maple Butter smothering it. Oh yeah! The contrast of fruity-sweet ‘n sour, along with what I could taste a lacing of cinnamon, really brought out the awesomeness of that thick slice of grilled pork. If you order this, make sure to tell them to cook it no more than medium, and it will rock your maple buttered grilled pork world. ;-)

No desserts were offered, however I was stuffed anyway, so that didn’t bother me. I actually ended up taking a “doggie bag” home of several entrees, which I highly enjoyed later that evening for dinner. Back to dessert, when I do return, I’m definitely trying that Cracker Jack Banana Cheesecake!

My overall first impression of the food ranges from favorable to absolutely delicious! I must say though, if I had chosen the dishes, I would certainly scale back on the chicken, as I was kinda’ “Chickened Out”. lol Still, they capped it off with that excellent Oak Wood fire-grilled shrimp ‘n steak and thick-cut bone-in pork chop, which made me a VERY happy camper. ;-)

For the most part the portions are generous, where unless you’re both really starving, most dishes could be shared by two adults if you were in a pinch. And even there, the prices seem reasonable enough to take the family out on special occasions, or even to go during your work time lunch hour.

Regardless of the nutritional numbers that state otherwise, most of the what must be noted are scratch made dishes (except for a few of the apps) seemed “normal” to me, not tasting overly salty or unbearably rich. And I’m VERY sensitive to salty and fat-saturated, heavy foods, so I would know.

The success of the Ewa restaurant will rely of course as much on the service as the food, as most of the Applebee’s locations on the mainland I checked out on Yelp got their numerous negative reviews primarily because of service. Hawaii has a big advantage over the mainland locations in that regard, and that’s the “Aloha Spirit Factor”, so hopefully that will convey in your experience dining there.

The food and price point here is definitely in it to win it as far as I’m concerned, as is the physical build-out of the restaurant; it’s gorgeous.

Here’s to great success of the new Applebee’s in Ewa!

What? Applebee’s in Ewa Beach
Where? 91-1401 Fort Weaver Road, in the Ewa Town Center (by Longs & Foodland)
When? Grand Opening on Sunday, September 18, 2016
Hours? You jus’ come on down, ‘dey stay. ‘Dey no stay, dey not he’ah! OK? OK. lol
Sunday thru Thursday 11am to Midnight, Friday & Saturday 11am to 1am
Facts:
• First Applebee’s in Hawaii, making it a milestone for the chain, now having a location in every state
• Over 2000 Applebee’s locations in the US, Guam, Puerto Rico and 15 countries
• Ewa Beach location brings 136 new jobs to the local economy
• Ewa Beach restaurant seats 128 guests in its 3,500 square feet (total) space
• First month of operation will focus on raising money for Make-A-Wish Hawaii
• 90% of the menu items are available at all Applebee’s restaurants; regional menu items specific to the Hawaii market will be added in the near future
• Applebee’s is franchised by subsidiaries of DineEquity, Inc (NYSE: DIN), who also operate iHop restaurants in Hawaii

Related Links:
Applebee’s Opening First Hawaii Location in Ewa – The Tasty Island
Applebees.com (menu nutritional facts PDF download here)

20 thoughts on “Applebee’s Ewa Beach Menu Preview

  • September 11, 2016 at 4:40 pm
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    Pomai,

    Very happy you enjoyed the Applebee’s appetizers and you said; “Regardless of the nutritional numbers that state otherwise, most of the what must be noted are mostly scratch made dishes (except for a few of the apps) seemed “normal” to me, not tasting overly salty or unbearably rich. And I’m VERY sensitive to salt and fat-saturated, heavy foods, so I would know.”

    So let’s see what you ate according to your post (remember National Health Institute highly recommends an adult should not consume more than 2,000 calories and 2,400 mg of sodium a day).

    Brew Pub Pretzels & Beer Cheese Dip: 1050 Calories and 3070 mg of Sodium.

    Mozzarella Sticks: 460 Calories and 1070 mg of Sodium.

    Boneless Chicken Wings with Classic Sauce: Boneless wings w/o sauce 340 Calories and 900 mg of Sodium plus Classic Buffalo Sauce 100 Calories and 1300 mg of Sodium plus Bleu Cheese Dressing 240 Calories and 250 mg of Sodium: Total 680 Calories and 2450 mg of Sodium.

    Sriracha Shrimp: BBQ Spice and Sriracha Chile Lime Sauce: 430 Calories and 1140 mg of Sodium plus Chili Lime Vinaigrette 120 Calories and 500 mg of Sodium: Total 550 Calories and 1640 mg of Sodium.

    Grilled Chicken Wonton Tacos: Spicy Chicken Stuffed Wonton Shells with Slaw and Cilantro: 370 Calories and 1150 mg of Sodium.

    Too many calories cause obesity and too much sodium causes hardening of arteries, high blood pressure and heart attacks.

    Just for the appetizers you consumed 3110 Calories and 9380 mg of Sodium (remember 1 teaspoon of salt = 2300 mg of Sodium and 3 teaspoons = 1 tablespoon). Great job Pomai; better your body and not mine!!!!! Look at the children in Hawaii and tell me we don’t have a problem since all the mainland franchises started moving into Hawaii. I will not even go into the remainder of your meal calorie and sodium count

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    • September 12, 2016 at 10:38 am
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      Ken,

      I’m gonna’ give you a new nickname: “Sodium Cop”. Or perhaps “Salty Dog”. lol

      You do realize I only SAMPLED each dish, right? I tried no more than one or two bites of each dish, and that’s it. So you need to break down your math of sodium and calorie intake to I’d say about no more than 5% of the totals you came up with to accurately determine how much I ate that day.

      On top of that, that very same evening after running other errands, I went swimming at the beach for over an hour, which likely burnt off everything I ate. I’m active and stay in shape, nor do I eat fast food or chain restaurant food like this very often.

      Now if Joe ‘n Mama take their kids to Applebee’s for lunch, then they go home and sit on the couch playing video games for the rest of the day, or  at best, take a leisurely stroll down the neighborhood sidewalk hunting down Pokemon Go monsters, then there’s a problem.

      While I’m not inclined to look it up, I’d love to see the nutritional facts of Zippy’s and L&L’s menu, and see how they compare. Back to mainland outfits, how about Johnny Rockets? Also, ounce-for-ounce, give me some numbers of all them Boars Head meats and other sausage (many of which have sodium nitrite) products you always rave about.

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      • September 12, 2016 at 11:39 am
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        Pomai,

        Zippy’s and L & L Hawaiian BBQ do not publish their menu nutrition numbers on their websites. However, if you go to Calorielab you can get the results there. Surprisingly low numbers for sodium but medium numbers for calories.

        Johnny Rockets proudly prints their full menu nutrition numbers on their website by product ordered.

        Boars Head publishes a separate down loadable brochure of all their products and each product nutrition numbers from their main website. Blacken Turkey had highest sodium at 700 MG per serving size. I love Boars Head regular smoked bacon and it is per serving size 60 calories and 190 MG sodium. Best Kosher Dill pickles by Boars Head are 5 Calories and 360 MG sodium and their fantastic Italian style dried natural casing pepperoni per serving is 130 calories and 570 MG sodium.

        You will not find better products per serving lower in calories and sodium than Boars Head.

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  • September 11, 2016 at 6:09 pm
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    All of this discussion of  salt and sodium leaves me unimpressed. As many families in Hawaii, I suffer an un-weight related propensity to high blood pressure. And like many such, have been raised in a family that grew up on salt everywhere: dried fish, imu, laulau, poke, shoyu everything etc. We live as long as anyone else. Heck. One day of diving and I likely ingested enough salt for a year.

    Studies increasingly show that the relation between salt and high blood pressure is tenuous. The medicals specialist are now retreating to the point where they say it may have an effect only in certain circumstances. And a low salt diet in damaging to the…heart.

    I will say that we get older, my wife and I have less of a taste for it. I suspect that may be a bit of biology sending signals. But we follow those rather than the menu’s.

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    • September 11, 2016 at 9:28 pm
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      @Pat,
       
       Actually people in Hawaii live longer than people on the mainland according to studies and if you look at Hawaiian recipes you’ll find far less sodium in your local Hawaiian or isle style food than you think compared to franchise restaurant mainland foods.
       
      I’m from the mainland but my Hawaiian born doctor gave me hell for my weight and blood pressure telling me I was eating mainland so I changed to Hawaiian, Korean, Japanese, Chinese and Pilipino foods. I lost 40 pounds and my blood pressure dropped and he is happy now.
       
      How can mainland restaurant chain Red Lobster’s manage to get seafood dinner Admiral’s feast, with creamy lobster topped mashed potato, Caesar salad with dressing, just one of the complimentary Cheddar Bay Biscuits, and a lemonade up to 7,106 mg of sodium, it is one of America’s saltiest meals??
       
      The same with Applebee’s Classic Combo w/o sauce at 7270 mg of sodium???? How can their cooks cook add so much salt knowing kids unknowing eat this stuff!
       
      When I was at the East West Center, Hawaii Educators and people are really concern with the loss of Hawaiian local meals and foods to mainland restaurant chain and fast foods! I know in my first 10 years living in Hawaii I fell victim to mainland foods!!!!

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      • September 12, 2016 at 11:04 am
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        Ken,

        Those numbers do sound ASTRONOMICALLY high, and quite difficult to believe when you eat it, as it doesn’t taste that salty. However neither does a can of soda taste too sweet, belying the 10 teaspoons of sugar in reality that you’re drinking in each 12 oz. can.

        I really can’t see how Japanese, Chinese and Filipino food would have any less sodium than “western” food, being it usually contains lots of soy sauce and other high sodium (and MSG)  ingredients such as miso, hoisin, oyster sauce, fish sauce, fermented (heavily salted) shrimp & beans, etc..

        The key difference is, with many asian dishes, it’s better balanced with both meat AND vegetables. Plus, they eat more fish and much less red meat. That’s a huge plus, as far getting them all important Heart-lovin’ Omega 3s the right way.

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        • September 12, 2016 at 11:53 am
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          Pomai,

          Asian style foods have Balance and smaller portion size of red meat and more vegetables. One tablespoon of Kirkman soy sauce which is 1 serving size has 10 calories and 920 Mg of sodium. I don’t think any of my recipes call for one tablespoon soy sauce.

          When you eat mainland style it’seems a big slab of red meat, big serving of potatoes or creamy casserole, small serving of vegetables and a heavy cream sauce.

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    • September 12, 2016 at 10:56 am
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      pat,

      At one time my blood pressure went through the roof, where lucky I didn’t have a stroke. And it WAS weight-related, as back in 2012 when I drastically lost weight down to a healthy BMI, my blood pressure immediately went back to normal, where I stopped having to take pills to control it. Still there, thank God. My body always sends “Hey buddy, you’re getting fat” signals, and I always respond by increasing my exercise time and improving my diet. I’m at the point now where I keep it under control, not out of hand. And I’m not getting any younger, so that’s always a challenge, don’t we all know.

      My sister’s ex-husband was Okinawan (born here), and he grew up in a household that ate nothing but fish they caught themselves and vegetables, and hardly anything store-bought. And as an adult, he had not one cavity. Not one! That’s awesome!

      Okinawans (in Okinawa) are known to have the most centenarians in the world, which they say is partially genetic, and partially diet-related. And interestingly, they eat a lot of pork, so you can’t blame that! The problem is when they move here and eat a western diet, it changes all that.

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      • September 12, 2016 at 4:26 pm
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        In the Japanese community a gene is responsible for much of the high blood pressure. I have this gene passed down form my mothers side, even tho she was not Japanese. As the doctor said, that is all there is to it. My mother weighed all of 100 lbs. She did not die of a stroke or heart disease.

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  • September 11, 2016 at 7:25 pm
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    4 extra bucks to change regular fried to sweet potato fries? They need to rethink that one!

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    • September 12, 2016 at 11:11 am
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      Dan,

      I don’t mind paying that if there’s enough to share with another person or two, as they’ll probably like it and eat half of it!

      The other add-on charge that seems absurdly high is an additional $4.49 for topping your baked potato. Sheesh, the cost of sour cream must have really gone up!

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  • September 12, 2016 at 12:15 am
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    Pomai,

    BTW; Some of the ladies I go out with, I have to agree with *h’s”,previous comment and yours that Applebee’s menus is not inclusive to all people’s taste or food style. Applebee’s menu does not address vegetarians, vegans  or people that are lactose intolerant so besides high calories and sodium content they are not inclusive of all diners.

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    • September 12, 2016 at 11:16 am
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      Ken the “Sodium Cop”,

      EXACTLY. Nobody’s forcing anyone to eat Applebee’s. If your body’s not built to ingest a “sodium bomb”, don’t eat there. Some folks can, and don’t suffer any consequences, some can’t. Simple as that. Go down the street to the Down to Earth (organic) deli in Kapolei. Problem solved. ;-)

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  • September 12, 2016 at 11:39 am
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    Ken the “Sodium Cop”,

    Right there, the very first item I looked at on Boar’s Head nutrition guide:

    BOAR’S HEAD BOLD CAJUN STYLE SEASONED OVEN ROASTED BEEF –
    CAP-OFF TOP ROUND

    Serving size: 2 oz (56g)

    Calories 80
    Total fat 3g
    Cholesterol 35mg
    Sodium 410mg
    Protein 12g

    Safe to say you’d probably eat about 6 oz. of roast beef in a sandwich, making that 1230mg of sodium, then add the sodium from the other ingredients in the sandwich and pickle or chips you might eat along with that, and you’re probably already at the limit of your daily sodium intake… and that’s just lunch!

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    • September 12, 2016 at 11:57 am
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      Pomai,

      2oz is regular sandwich serving size not 6oz unless you are up sizing it like you can do in Subway.

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  • September 13, 2016 at 10:54 am
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    Hi Pomai:
    Thank you for another great post. You’re just doing your “job”, err, the fun one on the side. You’re blogging about things that are new, different or just plain tasty in/on the islands. I’m not mad at that. I know you’re also trying to help get the new Applebee’s get a little coverage for those folks who are not familiar with this mainland staple.

    I now live in California, don’t go to Applebee’s much (hardly) except if on a road trip and it is a familiar place to get a meal. One can always find something basic or decadent at an Applebee’s (or for that matter Chili’s, Olive Garden, Macaroni Grill, etc)  It’s up to you as a diner. If you have issues go to the nearest Safeway and grab yourself a bag of carrots.

    There are a lot worse things/places out there, rather than vilifying Applebee’s.  They treat their employees well, especially in light of so many smaller non-chain restaurants you always read about who have a class action against them by their staff from years back for unfair wages or withholding tips, etc.

    The sugar and sodium thing, really? Be grateful that Applebee’s will likely hold their kitchen/facilities to a maximum level of cleanliness and guidelines.  Versus some “health food” or small independent hole in the wall places who do not, or use raw, unwashed, mishandled greens hosting salmonella.  One must choose one’s battles. I wouldn’t eat at a quick serve restaurant everyday but all things in moderation.  

    I loved your photos of the interior, the opening ceremony, the chief operators, staff and the sample food/plating.  

    Furthermore, for all those on their soapboxes about the lack of healthy choices or GF/vegan, what have you, I’m sure those people never eat at Leonard’s, Ono’s, Zippy’s, CPK or never ever eat a spam musubi, a bowl of S&S Saimin right?  

    Just do your thing Pomai. I’m a huge fan of your blog, especially the variety of topics and the humor, personal touch you give to all your postings.

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    • September 15, 2016 at 12:51 pm
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      Mimi,

      Mahalo for the kind words. ;-)

      Good to hear Applebee’s is known for following strict kitchen cleanliness guidelines. That wasn’t mentioned in our conversation, as their main focus was on that new Oak wood fired grill feature. I browsed through an online forum where current and former Applebee’s staff discussed their kitchen operation, and surprisingly, aside of a few disgruntled comments, for the most part they said it was pretty well run. At least on that thread. Impressive!

      I’ve been invited to the media press preview opening of the new CPK in Ka Makana Alii Shopping Center out in Kapolei later this month, so I’ll be ready with all the “biting” questions I didn’t ask at Applebee’s. ;-)

       

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  • September 15, 2016 at 3:31 am
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    Pomai, when family in San Francisco we sometime head to Applebees

    and family called it Mainland food.  Dad like steak med. rare and other side

    dishes.  Wonder if Hawaii they did some special island dishes?  Like Hawaiian

    nachoo with crushed pineapple salsa or something.

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  • September 15, 2016 at 10:56 am
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    @ Kelike – As noted in the facts, 90% of the menu at Ewa Beach is available at ALL Applebee’s locations in the US. While owner Vince did mention they’re working on special regional items specific to the Hawaii locations.

    While their own kitchen staff in Ewa will surely have some great ideas, here’s the most obvious I can think of:

    WOOD FIRED HAWAIIAN SMOKED PORK (Pupu menu)
    Hawaiian style marinated pork, slow-smoked over Oak wood, served char-grilled with sweet peppers and onions

    ALL-IN LOCO MOCO BURGER®
    Seared in: panko and green onions; Piled on: Fried “Loco” (locally-farmed) egg, Onion Rings and smothering of Honolulu Beer Works Stout Gravy
    $13.99

    CHINATOWN STIR-FRY
    Lup Cheong, grilled Chicken and Beef, Bell Peppers, Tomatoes, Celery, Onions, Green Onions, Ginger, Garlic and Cilantro, seasoned with our special Oriental Sauce, topped over Chow Mein Noodles
    $14.99 regular, $19.99 ohana portion

    WOOD FIRED PULEHU GRILL
    Choose from our signature Hawaiian style marinated sirloin steak, pork chop, chicken or salmon, fire-grilled over Oak wood, served with any two of our signature sides, or choose rice and Kim Chee Slaw or Macaroni-Potato Salad.

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