Looking to unwind after a hard day at work? Then head over to Applebee’s Grill & Bar and get your drink (and eat) on, without breaking the bank. While the “eating good in the neighborhood” restaurant chain is known for their food, they’re also a popular spot for the happy hour crowd. And why not, because who doesn’t love half-priced appetizers and cheap drink specials, am I right?
Seriously, Applebee’s has been my go-to place for happy hour for years now, luring me in with the promise of a nice buzz and a full belly for $20 or less, and it was love at first sip. The drinks are strong, the food is tasty, and the bartenders are super friendly. Oh yeah, did I mention that it is really cheap during happy hour? What more could you ask for?
Applebee’s happy hour deals run Monday-Friday from 3-6pm, every night after 9pm, and all day Sunday, and include $4 select drafts, house Long Island Iced Teas, and house Bahama Mamas, $5 wine by the glass, and $6 CoronaRitas, along with a selection of half-priced appetizers.
If it’s a Monday, I will usually get their Monday burger deal, a couple of $3 Yuengling Lager pints, and a Triple Chocolate Meltdown for dessert, leaving me nice and full for around $20. Other times, I’ll meet up with some friends after work and enjoy a drink or two (I’m a sucker for their Bahama Mama) and a few appetizers before heading home.
And on Sundays during football season, you can usually find me and my buddies taking in a game or two at the ‘Bees, while we enjoy some cheap brews and chow down on some wings, mozzarella sticks, and sliders. It’s less noisy and crowded than our local sports bar, and the food is decidedly better as well!
Overall, I can’t say enough good things about Applebee’s and their awesome happy hour specials. So what are you waiting for, bring some friends to your local Applebee’s for Happy Hour and see why this should be your new go-to drinking establishment. Trust me, you’ll be glad you did!
Are you ready to experience the magic of Applebee’s Happy Hour menu for yourself? We’ve teamed up with Applebee’s to give one lucky Guys Gab reader a $50 Applebee’s gift card. To enter, simply leave a comment below telling us what your favorite Applebee’s drink or appetizer you’re most excited to try out.
We’ll pick a winner at random on Tuesday, November 14th at 5pm EST. Contest only open to US residents. Good luck!
Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill & Bar, but all opinions are my own.
McDonald’s Just Made A Major Change To Their Classic Burgers!
McDonald’s has been making some big changes lately.. Earlier this year, they introduced their new fresh beef Quarter Pounder burgers (which are made to order and are delicious), and now with the announcement that their “classic burgers” no longer contain artificial preservatives, artificial flavors, or added colors from artificial sources.
Keep in mind that the pickles that McDonald’s uses still contain an artificial preservative, so if you’re trying to “eat clean”, then simply ask them to hold the pickles.
The classic burgers include the Hamburger, Cheeseburger, Double Cheeseburger, McDouble, Quarter Pounder with Cheese, Double Quarter Pounder with Cheese and Big Mac.
“From switching to 100% fresh beef in our quarter-pound burgers, cooked right when ordered, to removing artificial preservatives in our Chicken McNuggets, and committing to cage-free eggs by 2025, we have made significant strides in evolving the quality of our food,” said Chris Kempczinski, McDonald’s USA President. “We know quality choices are important to our customers, and this latest positive change to our classic burgers demonstrates our committed journey to leading with the customer and building a better McDonald’s.”
Kudos to McDonald’s for listening to their customers and making changes to their menu that their guests can feel good about. And they are not stopping there, as they also committed to sustainably sourcing all McCafé coffee by 2020, and transitioning to cage-free eggs by 2025.
That said, we don’t want to see all of the bad stuff go away. So how about bringing back those yummy deep fried apple pies for those of us who want to indulge a bit on our cheat days?? 🤤
Wendy’s Is Giving Away Free Burgers Through The End Of September
Wendy’s is getting an early start on National Cheeseburger Day this year, offering up a free Dave’s Single cheeseburger (with any purchase) every day in September.
That’s right. The purveyor of square-shaped burgers is celebrating National Cheeseburger Day all month long, meaning that you can take advantage of this delicious deal as many times in September as your stomach can handle. Oh boy, time to break out the sweatpants!
So what’s the catch? Wendy’s wants you to download their handy-dandy mobile app. I’ve had it for months now, and they’re always loading killer deals on there, so it’s really a no-brainer. Simply fire up the app, click on the “Free Dave’s Single” offer, and add a Frosty or fries to your order. Boom, you’re out the door for less than $2. How great is that?
Boss: We need more app downloads
Us: Give them free food
Boss: Fine. Free Dave's Single with purchase, every single day, for the rest of September.
Us: *tweets this tweet telling you to go get that free food*
— Wendy's (@Wendys) September 10, 2018
For those of you not in the know, Dave’s Single is Wendy’s name for their quarter-pound, single-patty burger. It comes with toppings of your choice, and may include tomato, lettuce, onion, pickles, ketchup, mayo and American cheese.
Happy eating! 🍔
4 Ways Millennials Are Changing Coffee For Better Or Worse
It seems like the media is obsessed with the Millennial apocalypse. Not a week goes by without headlines claiming that Millennials are killing the housing industry, the wine industry, cable television, napkins, chain restaurants, and just about everything under the sun.
Truth be told, Generation Y isn’t “killing” these industries. They simply have their own buying habits that differ from their parents’ generation; and cantankerous companies regret having to change their business models to match changing times.
One prime example of this is coffee.
Coffee may have a long history, but it is constantly evolving. As you might expect, Millennial consumers are rapidly changing the way coffee is sourced, brewed and enjoyed. If you prefer big coffee makers, chain stores, and the like, you might view these changes as bad. If not, these might be welcome changes to you.
Below are four ways Millennials are changing coffee for better or worse:
Millennials Prefer Smaller Coffee Machines or No Machines at All
Research shows that Millennials are more mobile than past generations. They are more likely to go out of state for college, more likely to move to an urban area for a good job, and more likely to live out of a small apartment. If you are moving often or live in a small space, it’s unlikely you’d want to spend big bucks on a clunky coffee machine.
While smaller single-serve coffee machines were heralded as the perfect dorm room necessity, these machines fell out of favor rather quickly with Millennial coffee drinkers (more on this below).
Instead, Millennials are giving up on coffee machines all together in favor of machine-free single-serve coffee capsules. Brands like Caffè di Artisan offer gourmet coffee pods that can be poured into hot water or steamed milks for black coffee or a café latte. This is much easier (and perhaps more sanitary) than using a bulky, expensive coffee machine.
Here’s the bottom line… When’s the last time you saw a Millennial with a copy machine or home phone? Generation Y is moving away from machines, and toward simpler and more effective solutions to their needs – and this includes coffee!
Millennials Like Ethical & Eco-Friendly Brands
With regards to single-serve brewing machines, the reason that K-Cups and Nespresso coffee makers fell out of favor was due to the unparalleled levels of waste. Believe it or not, it’s something that Keurig actually apologized for! Turns out, all those plastic containers and grounds could neither be recycled nor composted. Yikes.
Millennials prefer to purchase their products from ethical brands. When it comes to coffee, this means buying from brands with recyclable packaging and eco-friendly sourcing. They don’t mind spending a little bit more on coffee that is high-quality and from an ethical brand.
Millennials Have Outgrown Starbucks
When Starbucks came out with the Unicorn Frappuccino, it was an obvious play for Instagram and Snapchat-obsessed Millennials. After all, it’s the “Me-Me-Me” Generation that enjoys posting images of their food online. Unfortunately for Starbucks, the frozen beverage was widely known for tasting “sickeningly sweet.”
Still, it’s likely that coffee chains will continue to push kooky promotions to attract Millennial customers. And for a while it will probably work. But overall, Gen Y prefers to patronize smaller coffee shops or – due to thrifty spending – make coffee at home.
Then again, it’s not like Starbucks will disappear anytime soon, as Millennials will continue to visit the coffee chain for free Wi-Fi, to kill time or to conduct meetings.
Millennials Will Make Up Their Own Minds
Millennials are the first generation to be (over) exposed to marketing at a very young age. Perhaps you can remember the first kids-only networks in the 80s and 90s pumping out toy and cereal commercials.
This trend hasn’t stopped, of course. But there’s a key takeaway that is often ignored – the fact that Millennials are somewhat immune to marketing and advertising. This makes sense when you think about it. After all, they’ve seen it all before!
So, while brands may continue to push marketing messages in the form of memes, interactive campaigns or phony grassroots movements, Gen Y will likely be hip to the true intention of these ads. In the end, Generation Y won’t be fooled. They will make their own decisions when it comes to coffee. It’s time the market caught up to Millennial expectations; whether you like these changes or not will color your judgments.