I have always enjoyed dinning at Applebee’s. Eating delicious food and experiencing great service always makes for a great meal out. I was so excited when I found out about the Applebee’s new Honey Pepper Grill items and thrilled to have a chance to review them.

My family has a very dynamic palate. My Dad pretty much loves all kinds of foods and can never have enough spice. My sister is also pretty adventurous and can handle a moderate level of spice. I am somewhat of a picky eater but love foods that happen to be spicy. Unfortunately, I have no tolerance and end up consuming twice the amount of water I need for the week in a single meal. My Mom is pickier than me and likes flavorful foods but with little to no spice.

My parents are in town helping prepare for some house renovations so I thought it would be nice to take them out as a thank you while testing out some of the Honey Pepper Grill items. Of course we let this handsome little devil tag along too 🙂
Parker enjoyed the kids mac n’ cheese. I tried to sneak some broccoli in but he didn’t skip a beat and started separating them. Even at 15 months old he is taking after his momma, oops! 

The soup of the day was the potato, cheese and bacon. I don’t usually go for soup but this sounded way to good to pass up. It tasted fantastic and we all ended up sharing it before our meals came out. 
I decided to try the Honey Pepper Chicken & Shrimp which came with a healthy portion of green beans and potatoes. It’s very rare that a meal comes out looking like the pictures. Even taken with my iPhone, you can see what a great job they did plating the meal. The shrimp was crispy on the outside and tender on the inside. There was a sweet and salty taste that was simply fantastic. You could taste the honey and pepper in each bite which mixed nicely. The chicken was juicy and tender pairing perfectly with the shrimp. I happily ate my green veggies that day as they also had a sweet and salty taste. The potatoes were a great side also I was enjoying the veggies, chicken and shrimp so there were some left. They were crispy on the outside and soft on the inside.   

I have to admit I was a little jealous when I saw my Dad’s, 4-Cheese Mac & Cheese with Honey Pepper Chicken Tenders. His plate looked amazing. It was a hearty portion, enough for two, of mac n’ cheese with three chicken tenders and bacon sprinkled on top. He let me taste some, ya know for review purposes 😉

The Mac & Cheese was rich and very cheesy. The chicken tenders had a great mixture of sweet and salty and were really juicy inside. The bacon added a nice crunch and a little more of the salty taste.

Not only did Parker finish his whole meal, but he managed to get a hold of my Dad’s plate and started digging in! Dare I say he liked my Dad’s meal more than his 🙂  

Applebee’s Executive Chef Michael Slavin was asked, what was the inspiration behind creating the Honey Pepper Grill menu?”

“We wanted to combine great textures with a smooth, highly cravable sauce that would balance nicely with steak, chicken and shrimp.  The soothing appeal of warm honey with the earthy bite of cracked black pepper created the perfect blending of flavors.  Each dish has a distinct crunchy element to it.  The Honey Pepper Sirloin has crispy jalapenos and onion straws, the Honey Pepper Chicken and Shrimp has Panko breaded shrimp and fresh green beans and the 4-Cheese Mac and Cheese with Honey Pepper Chicken Tenders gets its crunch from bacon strips and chicken tenders.  These specific ingredients really benefit from the sauce we created because of the way it easily coats and enhances each item.”
Parker was the only one who finished his entire plate but he isn’t the only one who gets to enjoy a treat! One lucky Cherry Blossom Love reader will win a $50 gift card to Applebee’s. Take that special honey to your pepper out for dinner and enjoy one of Applebee’s new menu options! 
Applebee’s is a proud member of the Kids Live Well program. With about 2,000 locations in 49 states, 15 countries and one U.S. territory there is surely one near you! The Honey Pepper Grill items are available on the 2 for $20 menu until November 12th. Enjoy two full-sized entrees and a shareable appetizer for just $20. Just make sure to leave enough room for dessert! 

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