Applebee's also offers its customers the carry-out service. During the fiscal year ended December 29, 2002, the Company initiated a To Go program, which includes the use of standardized packaging, interior and exterior signage and a focused training program. In addition, the program features its Carside To Go initiative in which customers place their orders by telephone, park in designated spots at its restaurants and servers deliver their orders to their vehicles. During the fiscal year ended December 26, 2004 (fiscal 2004), the Company launched an alliance with Weight Watchers to offer Weight Watchers-branded menu alternatives to its guests. It has 10 Weight Watcher items on the menu.
Applebee's Classic Patty Melt Recipe
- 1 burger patty
- Salt, pepper, granulated garlic, to taste
- Melted butter, as needed
- 2 pieces Italian bread
- 2 tablespoons mayonnaise with roasted garlic and mustard
- 2 slices Swiss cheese
- 2 slices Cheddar cheese
- 1/2 cup sliced onions
Season one side of the burger with salt, pepper and garlic. Place on grill or in broiler, seasoned side down. Then season the other side. Cook to desired doneness. While burger is cooking, melt butter in fry pan on medium heat or in electric skillet (set at 350F). Spread mayonnaise onto bread. Drop bread, dry side down, onto melted pools and swirl to coat (to avoid sticking). Cover one slice of bread with two slices of Swiss cheese and the other with two slices of Cheddar.
In a separate frying pan, melt butter and saute sliced onions. Season with salt, pepper and garlic while heating. Place cooked burger patty on top of one cheese−topped slice of bread and the sauteed onions on the other. Carefully close and cut sandwich. Serve with your favorite summer side dish.