American Girl and Applebee’s

This is my entry for “A” for the A to Z Challenge.


Even if you’re not from the United States, you might have heard of Applebee’s. We know about this family restaurant from some movies. In the comedy, “Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby“, Ricky Bobby and family went to Applebee’s, but they were kicked out of the restaurant because of his estranged father attitude and treatment of their waitress. In another comedy, “Couples Retreat“, couple Lucy and Joey, played by Kristin Davis and Jon Favreau, spoke about going to Applebee’s together.


Hubby wanted to go to Applebee’s! But, we didn’t get a chance to visit the Applebee’s pictured above, which is in Manhattan. Not in the big apple.

What we visited, on purpose, in New York City, was the American Girl store at Rockefeller Plaza. It was a recommendation that was for the enjoyment of our little princess. This was the first time we heard of American Girl. I suppose this must be heaven for young girls. This toy store is amazing. The American Girl doll isn’t just any doll. A child gets to choose the doll that closely resembles her. She can even design her own doll by choosing the hair style, hair color, eye color, skin color, etc.

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Have you ever seen a hair salon for dolls? Well, there is one in this American Girl store.

There are also different outfits for the dolls AND you get to buy the matching outfits for your little princess!

Ah, capitalism! But, the child in me found some joy. I probably appreciate the doll more than my daughter does at the moment.


Hubby also needed to enjoy our vacation in the States so we went to an Applebee’s in Las Vegas. Away from the strip, playing locals, we enjoyed the American equivalent of our South African Spur restaurant. We were satisfied and doubly so because we didn’t have to pay Gordon Ramsay restaurant / Vegas strip prices. It was like home, away from home. We still paid about double what we would pay at Spur but we understand and accept that paying in US dollars when you earn South African rand will always hurt your pocket.

Our food was delicious. We had meat. We were stuffed and we spent less than $100, if I remember correctly. It was still worth it despite the exchange rate. However, I am yet to come to terms with the suggested 15% – 20% tip. Our South African waitrons do more work and 10% is fine.

That technology on the table was pretty awesome. It’s something South Africa doesn’t have yet.

Another difference between American Applebee’s and South African Spur is, for your birthday, you will actually understand what the Applebee’s staff are singing as they wish you, “Happy Birthday“. This is not the case at Spur.

We went to Applebee’s Grill & Bar, S Maryland, at E Desert Inn Road, in Las Vegas, on December 20, 2018. According to my Swarm check-in, Applebee’s has a better menu than our South African Spur, but it could be because I like the States…

I like Applebee’s. I will eat there again. In Manhattan, too. We rather love New York.

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Much love and hugs,


19 thoughts on “American Girl and Applebee’s

  1. When I travel I make it a policy never to eat in a chain place unless that chain is not available back home. In New York there are a ton of great local eateries that would help me resist eating at a chain place. Remember never get Dominos in New York because they don’t do pizza like the locals do it.

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    1. Hi Tony! Thanks for the input. That makes sense. Chains are really not the way to go. We have no Applebee’s in South Africa although it’s like our Spur, and we like our Spur for the reasonable meat dishes, unlike the fine dining restaurants. I will remember not to get Dominos in NY. 🙂 Luckily for me, I’m not a huge fan of pizza, except for proper wood oven ones. Much love and hugs!


  2. Thank you for sharing the travel stories. We tried several Applebee’s in Texas in the last few years. The food is reasonable but the service is variable/inconsistent. 😦 Definitely, anything is fun during travel. If we can connect the location with a movie or a book then it is a bonus. Last year, we went to Roswell and had great fun because of all those alien movies and serials we watched throughout our life.

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    1. Hi Alexis. We definitely still plan to move. Hubby has actually started the process, although it could take a bit longer than expected. We agreed we all like New York, but I still love California, too. 🙂 Wherever we end up, I think the US is way better than SA for our craft.


      1. New York is VERY expensive! So is California, but I think New York takes the cake. Some parts of California aren’t too bad for cost of living though, such as around the Coachella Valley and in Fresno.

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      2. And these expensive places still attract many of us. I think New York has romance. In CA, I like LA. It’s a dream, perhaps.


      3. I have a cousin who lives around there. Then, my one niece (from a cousin who lives in Fontana) goes to college in San Bernardino, if I’m not mistaken. She stays near the college and only goes home in Fontana on school breaks.


    1. Hi Ronel. Thank you so much!!!

      How do you do that? Commenting from the A to Z link?? I should probably go to the A to Z site. I’m struggling to catch, but I’m not giving up. I’ll get to some reading, too.

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      1. You’re welcome 🙂

        I downloaded the response list (on the A-Z site). I then highlight everything I find interesting in yellow, things I will revisit throughout the challenge in green, and everything that didn’t suit me in red (after they were yellow, of course). My robot system keeps me sane 🙂 There are loads of unmarked blogs, but it is impossible to get through 700 different sites in a month (at least for me).

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      2. You are like a machine. You are awesome! You are an inspiration! I can’t keep up with much. I’m starting to feel like a failure. The last year to present has been rather awful for my writing. I don’t know how to get back to my old writing self. Sigh!

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