I recently took my family to the Applebee’s in Paramus to sample some of the items off their new summer menu. While we waited for our food to arrive, the kids colored with their crayons and watched the Yankee game on the big screen near our table (when trying to talk to my husband, I think I caught him trying to watch the Yankee game a few times as well). My husband and I sipped Strawberry Lemonade Quenchers while my older son drank his new favorite drink (a Shirley Temple). Just as my two-year-old was about to start a tantrum demanding he have all of the cherries from the Shirley Temple, the waiter came to the rescue with a plate of extra cherries.

We started off our meal with the Strawberry and Avocado Salad ($9.99), which came with fire-grilled sliced chicken and chili lime vinaigrette. The large salad was the perfect size to share among the four of us, but could also have easily been big enough for a main course.

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My husband asked if we could also get an order of the Brew Pub Pretzels with Beer Cheese Dip ($8.49). These were a very big hit with the table.

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As his entrée, my husband ordered the Margarita Queso Chicken and Shrimp ($15.99). The grilled chicken and shrimp was served on a bed of seasoned rice and was accompanied by avocado and black bean corn salsa.

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I ordered the Grilled Vidalia Onion Sirloin ($14.99) which came with an amazing sweet and spicy Hawaiian BBQ sauce. The steak was topped with sweet Vidalia caramelized onion and came with steamed garlicky spinach and crispy smashed red skinned potatoes.

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Along with the salad, my kids enjoyed their hot dog and cheeseburger kid’s entrees.

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A must-try new dessert item is the Salted Caramel Pretzel Bites with cinnamon sugar and a maple dipping sauce. We also shared the Triple Chocolate Meltdown ($6.49), served warm with vanilla ice cream, and a creamy chocolate mousse dessert shooter ($2.49) which was sized perfectly for little kids (or someone in search of just a few sweet bites to end the meal with).

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Other new summer additions to the menu include Shrimp Scampi Linguine, Chicken Freshcado, Grilled Chicken Wonton Tacos and a few new cocktails and margaritas. Applebee’s has also created an Under 600 Calorie Lunch Combo menu which includes pasta, sandwich and salad options.

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Go to the Taste of Summer Menu and leave a comment at the bottom of this post about which new menu item you can’t wait to try.

(Winners will be contacted on Tuesday, June 24th via email. See our Terms & Conditions for further giveaway information. Participating location listed below.)

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The Dinner for Two gift certificate is redeemable at any of the Doherty-owned Applebee’s locations.

In New Jersey, Applebee’s is located in Brick, Bridgewater, Butler, Clifton, East Hanover, Edison, Flemington, Garfield, Hackensack, Hackettstown, Hillsborough, Howell, Jersey City, Jersey Gardens, Kearny, Lacey, Manahawkin, Manalapan, Manchester, Middletown, Milltown, Mt. Olive, Newark, Newton, North Bergen, Northvale, Ocean, Paramus, Parsippany, Phillipsburg, Piscataway, Rockaway, Tinton Falls, Toms River, Totowa, Union, Wall and Woodbridge.

On Long Island, Applebee’s is located in Nassau County:  Baldwin, Bellmore, Bethpage, Elmont, New Hyde Park, Rosedale, Valley Stream and Westbury and in Suffolk County:  Bohemia, Brentwood, Commack, East Farmingdale, East Islip, Farmingville, Huntington, Lake Grove, Lindenhurst, Miller Place, North Babylon, Patchogue, Riverhead and Shirley.

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post in that I received one complimentary meal from Applebee’s for review purposes. All the opinions expressed here are solely my own.



Adina Teitel Kahn grew up in New York City and now lives in Bergen County, NJ with her husband and two boys. In her past life, she was a foodie who loved dining out and trying a new restaurant every week. Presently, she’s a foodie in search of child-friendly restaurants that offer something other than chicken fingers. Adina writes about the funny and frustrating facets of parenthood on her blog Mom-Fiction. You can also follow her on Facebook or Twitter.