Applebee’s adds wood-fired grills and hand-cut steaks

Applebee's adds wood-fired grills and hand-cut steaks
Applebee's adds wood-fired grills and hand-cut steaks

Applebee’s is upping their game with the introduction of new wood-fired grills at close to 2,000 of its U.S. restaurants. The chain is also introducing hand-cut in-house steaks as the signature item on its revamped and streamlined menu.


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If you’re an Applebees fan, you’ll immediately recognize the changes at your local restaurant with the addition of wood corrals stacked with split American oak logs strategically placed near the entrance at all locations.

The first menu items to hit the new grills include USDA Choice top sirloin steaks and bone-in pork chops. Both items are hand-cut in Applebee’s restaurants by trained meat cutters. Cedar grilled salmon and wood-fired grilled chicken are also available.

Applebee’s menu will include a variety of selections from the wood-fired grill, including:

  • 6 oz., 8 oz. and 12 oz. Hand-Cut USDA Choice Top Sirloin Steaks
  • Hand-Cut, Bone-In Pork Chop with honey apple chutney and Cajun seasoning
  • Cedar-Grilled Salmon with maple mustard glaze
  • Wood-Fired Grilled Chicken Breast

The changes are the first is a series of improvements and actions that the chain hopes will allow it to stand out from the competition and appeal to today’s consumer.

Ongoing efforts at the chain include revitalizing its bar offering, remodeling existing restaurants and introducing new restaurant designs.

Applebee’s new wood-fired grills and the hand-cut steaks are available nationwide at participating Applebee’s restaurants.