Applebee’s Gluten-Free Menu

Here is the complete Applebee’s Gluten-Free menu.

Applebee’s Gluten-Free Menu 2019

Appetizers

  • Chips and Salsa
  • Double Crunch Bone-In Wings
  • Salsa Verde Pulled Pork Nachos
  • Salsa Verde Shredded Brisket Nachos

Applebee’s uses shared fryers for nachos and fries, so beware of cross contamination.

Ribs

  • Applebee’s Riblets Platter
  • Applebee’s Riblet Basket
  • Double-Glazed Baby Back Ribs, Full & Half

Steaks

  • 12 oz. New York Strip
  • 12 oz. Ribeye

Chicken

  • Bourbon Street Chicken & Shrimp
  • Fiesta Lime Chicken

Pub Diet

  • Savory Cedar Salmon

Pasta, Seafood & More

  • Blackened Tilapia
  • Savory Cedar Salmon

Salads & Dressings

  • Fiesta Chicken Chopped Salad
  • Grilled Shrimp ‘N Spinach Salad
  • Spinach Salad, Lunch Combo
  • Bleu Cheese Dressing
  • Buttermilk Ranch Dressing
  • Chili Lime Vinaigrette
  • Dijon Honey Mustard Dressing
  • Garlic Caesar Dressing
  • Goddess Dressing
  • Honey French Dressing
  • Italian Dressing, Fat-Free
  • Jalapeno Dressing
  • Lemon Olive Oil Vinaigrette
  • Mexi Ranch Dressing
  • Oriental Dressing

Sides

  • BBQ Spiced Fries
  • French Fries
  • House Chips
  • Sweet Potato Fries
  • Baked Potato

Applebee’s uses shared fryers for nachos and fries, so beware of cross contamination.

Kids

  • Chicken Griller
  • Apple Dippers with Yogurt
  • Baby Carrots with Ranch
  • Broccoli
  • French Fries
  • Garlic Mashed Potatoes
  • GoGo squeeZ Applesauce

Src: Applebee’s Allergen Menu

Applebee’s History

You cannot talk about casual dining in the United States without mentioning Applebee’s International, Inc. The firm is a leader in the sector and operates more than 2000 restaurants under the name Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill and Bar, about 500 of which it owns. The restaurant’s concept concentrates mainly on casual dining with primary American foods such as chicken, shrimp, riblets and pasta.

Origins

The first Applebee’s restaurant was opened by William Palmer and his wife in Atlanta in 1980 under the name T.J. Applebee’s Rx for Edibles & Elixirs. Offering a comfortable and unique menu, the eatery was a great success. The restaurateur’s objective was to create a pub and restaurant like neighborhood where people could order quality foods at affordable prices. Although simple, the concept was successful that it began attracting attention of larger food firms like W.R. Grace & Co. which eventually purchased the concept from William and T. J. Palmer 1983.

Applebee’s Major Growth Spurt

Even though the W.R.Grace &Co managed to bring more franchises into the system, it had only attained moderate profitability and growth by 1987.Hence in 1988, the company sold the restaurant’s concept to John Hamra and Abel Gustin. Under the new leadership, Applebee’s International Inc.’s revenues soared 500% to over 24.21 million dollars in 1989.The increase was largely attributed to the new franchises that the new owners were acquiring. By the year 2007 the company had grown to over 1000 units.

Applebee’s was acquired by IHOP corp in November 2007 and as a result IHOP changed its name to DineEquity. As of April 2016 the firm had over 2000 table service restaurants operating in the United States, Puerto Rico and other countries all operated and owned by franchisees.

Highlights:

  • 1980: Bill and T.J. Palmer, open the first ever Applebee’s restaurant
  • 1983: W.R. Grace & Co. buys the Applebee’s concept from the Palmers.
  • 1988: Abe Gustin and John Hamra Purchase Applebee’s from Grace.
  • 1989: Applebee’s International Inc. goes public.
  • 1997: Abe Gustin leaves day-to-day management of the company.
  • 2007: DineEquity Acquires Applebee’s

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Applebee’s has a few gluten-free appetizers, including their fries, and a lot of entree dishes that are also gluten-free.

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11 thoughts on “Applebee’s Gluten-Free Menu”

  1. This looks great, however, less than HALF of the items shown, are actually available! Whatever happened to truth in advertising?

  2. Notice that the lettuce wedge is not listed but the green goddess dressing is listed as a gluten free dressing. Just wonder if it gluten free.

  3. I do not recommend this restaurant for celiacs or sensitive allergies/intolerances. There is heavy cross-contamination in the kitchens. I would stick with baked potato and salads on this list, but no proteins.

  4. Thanks for the comment Alysha! Ya unfortunately it is hit or miss with some Applebees. I do ok at my local one, but I have eaten at other ones where I don’t :( Sometimes definitely not worth the gamble, otherwise you end up feeling crappy for days on end afterwards.

    • Hey Lisa!

      That is a great question. I wish they did. It is frustrating that some of these restaurants aren’t getting gluten-free options. Don’t be afraid to email their corporate office. The more they hear from people the more likely they will think about doing something. In fact, I am going to start adding contact information on all the menus.

  5. I will never eat at Applebee’s again. When I asked the hostess if there was a gluten-free menu I got a blank stare and she had no clue about gluten-free. She told me it wasn’t her responsibility and to ask my server. Well, he had no clue either. My partner’s steak was burnt, his salad had wilted lettuce in it, and when he asked for a drink it took 10 minutes to get it. Nope, never again!

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