Posted on: Mon, 03/27/2000 - 6:59am
stimpsjd's picture
Joined: 03/27/2000 - 09:00

I live in the Minneapolis area of Minnesota. There are two Applebees restaurants that I used to frequent. I no longer do this because of what happened recently. My fiance and I went to have a nice dinner. I was tempted to not ask about Peanut Oil because we had just eaten there a week previous. But, for some reason I decided to. After speaking with our waiter, he came back and said, "tonight we are using Peanut Oil. Usually we use vegetable oil, but we ran out and had to special order some peanut oil." So we got up and left.

About two weeks later we were heading out to dinner and considered eating at Applebees, only a different one. I called ahead this time and asked to speak with the manager (this is the best thing to do). I asked him what kind of oil they use at their restaurant in the fryers. His IMMEDIATE reply was Peanut Oil. I was furious. I then stated that I had eaten at his restaurant previously and was told that they only used vegetable oil. He then said that in actuality Vegetable Oil might be Peanut Oil. I remarked that he probably just did not know. I sent him back to check, and he came back and said that the oil container listed Soybean, Canola and Corn oil. I thought, okay, now do I eat there or not? We went someplace else.

Posted on: Mon, 03/27/2000 - 10:43pm
Lola J's picture
Joined: 02/23/2000 - 09:00

pThanks for the warning!/p
pI've been thinking of taking my son out to a restaurant lately (he's never been) and I've always loved /
I thought they might be safer, the obvious kid-friendly restaurants are off limits-Friendly's, Brigham's, etc. /p
pI'll be sure to call ahead to their Boston location./p

Posted on: Wed, 08/20/2003 - 3:38am
Heather2's picture
Joined: 09/25/2001 - 09:00

Here is the e-mail I got from Applebees back in February. All I asked them was if they had a corporate policy of not using peanuts oil the way Brinker places do. I ate at Applebee's once with my girlfriend and there were a lot of tree nuts there - too many for me to feel comfortable allowing DS to eat there.
"Dear Heather,
Thanks for your recent request for ingredient information.
We are sorry, but due to the complexity of our menu and the frequency in which
we change our menus, we do not provide nutritional breakdowns specifically
identifying the ingredients in our menu items.
The health and safety of our guests is simply too important to us to risk sharing
inaccurate or outdated nutritional information.
We hope you understand our approach to your request. We could never forgive
ourselves if we were the cause of someone's illness.
Dr. Dustin Dixon
Director of Food Science"

Posted on: Thu, 08/21/2003 - 10:36am
awomick's picture
Joined: 05/16/2002 - 09:00

We eat there all the time and have had no problems at all.

Posted on: Thu, 08/21/2003 - 11:58am
KateB's picture
Joined: 05/11/2004 - 09:00

Thanks for the input. We weren't really too comfortable eating there anyway, so unless I get a knowledgeable response from the manager when I check, my son won't eat there again.

Posted on: Sat, 08/23/2003 - 12:20am
mae's picture
Joined: 07/12/2002 - 09:00

kate - we have gone twice - no problems with the food for DS - haven't gone back due to the poor service we had both times.

Posted on: Thu, 06/03/2004 - 10:53pm
robinlp's picture
Joined: 05/14/2002 - 09:00

What items can anyone recommend for children that does not have eggs, poultry or nuts? Any recommendations??? Thanks!!

Posted on: Fri, 06/04/2004 - 4:49am
toomanynuts's picture
Joined: 08/23/2003 - 09:00

We ate there once after they just opened. We all got sick even those who didn't have food allergies. Poor service. Horrible food. I could go on but we just don't eat out anymore. Why take the risk.

Posted on: Fri, 06/04/2004 - 6:54am
SaraO's picture
Joined: 02/18/2003 - 09:00

We eat at several Applebees locations in the Cincinnati, Ohio area and have found them to be rather helpful when asking managers about food allergies. My PA/TNA daughter eats mac n' cheese and grilled cheese. We ask for the french fries without seasoning and we have had good experiences.

Posted on: Sun, 06/06/2004 - 11:50am
Mom2Sariah's picture
Joined: 12/14/2003 - 09:00

Recently I spoke to a manager at our Applebees (Idaho) and was told that nothing they serve had peanuts or peanut oil. However, I was informed that all of their desserts either have peanuts or come in contact with them. They said they the desserts were shipped in and only unpackaged there. But, that leaves peanut proteins on stuff that isn't washed the tables. We won't be eating at Applebee's ever.

Posted on: Mon, 06/21/2004 - 11:26am
Cookie's picture
Joined: 09/25/2001 - 09:00

What a pathetic response on the part of Applebee's to Heather2!!!! If they were so sensitive to the health of their guests, wouldn't they work harder to provide this important information in a reliable fashion?! What a cop out.


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