I like food.

Christine Lauterbach, I am not. However, I like food. I eat food. So I feel I’m qualified to talk about food.

Last week, I was invited to sample Applebees’ new “Unbelievably Great Tasting and Under 550 Calories” menu. So, I dragged the boyfriend out in the rainy weather to check out the new menu. And, I’ll admit I was pleasantly surprised.

As someone who has constantly struggled with their weight for most of their life (but is finally winning the battle), I’m used to the promise of great taste, with fewer calories, and the disappointment that generally follows. I was already familiar with Applebee’s Weight Watchers selections (being a successful WW member myself) so I was curious to see what else they had to offer.

There are five selections on the menu: two shrimp entrees, one chicken entree, one steak entree and a salad. I selected the Asian Crunch Salad and the boyfriend chose the Asiago Peppercorn Steak. Let me just say, my salad was definitely a complete and full meal. In fact, the boyfriend even finished it off for me because I was just, well, full. The combination of grilled chicken, roasted red peppers, sugar snap peas and a teriyaki-based vinaigrette were, in a word, yummy. Although, I did leave room for a bite of his steak and steamed herb potatoes which did not disappoint. In fact, he cleaned his plate. The shrimp entrees looked appetizing but as a non-seafood eater I did not try them.

With prices ranging from $9-$12, you definitely get your money’s worth for still under 550 calories. While I know that the ITPers of the group probably don’t know where to find a local Applebee’s (or even care to*), for those of us who either live OTP or dare to venture OTP, the new Under 550 Calories menu is a good choice for those watching both their wallets and their waistlines.

*But if you do care, the only one ITP is on Lawrenceville Hwy in Decatur.

3 Comments so far

  1. james hervey (jeherv) on March 17th, 2010 @ 10:36 am

    i dare paulie to go eat at an applebee’s in duluth. whatya say paulie?

  2. Stephanie (locaboca) on March 17th, 2010 @ 12:44 pm

    I triple dog dare ya, paulie. ;)

  3. Paulie [eatl/ga] (atl_paul) on March 17th, 2010 @ 3:42 pm

    Where is this “Duluth” of which you speak? ;)

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