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Looking For The Ultimate Happy Hour Spot? Head Over To Applebee’s!

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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 Mucho Bahama Mama

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.

Applebee's Dollarita October Special

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!

Applebee's Bartender

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.

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148 Comments

148 Comments

  1. Gricelda Castro

    November 14, 2017 at 10:30 am

    I love Applebee’s Classic Combo appetize Sampler because I get to try a little of everything!

  2. latanya

    November 14, 2017 at 10:45 am

    I like their quesadilla

  3. Jeremy McLaughlin

    November 14, 2017 at 10:49 am

    Like the spinach and artichoke dip.

  4. Meghan

    November 14, 2017 at 10:58 am

    Love the perfect margarita!

  5. Teresa Thompson

    November 14, 2017 at 11:00 am

    Mozzarella sticks are my favorite.

  6. courtney hennagir

    November 14, 2017 at 11:09 am

    I love their appetizers! Happy hour at Applebee’s rules! I’m really wanting to try the Sriracha shrimp.

  7. Charlene Canfield

    November 14, 2017 at 11:28 am

    I want it ALL~ I would try the The Classic Combo (Sampler)
    Appetizer sampler featuring Mozzarella sticks, spinach and artichoke dip, chicken quesadilla and boneless wings. $13.29

  8. Birdie Skolfield

    November 14, 2017 at 11:29 am

    Im excited to try the Applebees Fireball Whisky Lemonade Drink PERFECT 4 Happy Hour

  9. deanna

    November 14, 2017 at 11:48 am

    The Brew Pub Pretzels + Beer Cheese Dip sounds delicious! I love pretzels.

  10. Mary Gardner

    November 14, 2017 at 12:00 pm

    I really like Applebee’s Classic Combo appetizer Sampler.

  11. Cheryl Brown

    November 14, 2017 at 12:27 pm

    The Chicken Wonton Tacos are what I would love to try. They sound good.

  12. Sharon Rooney

    November 14, 2017 at 12:32 pm

    I would love to try the The Classic Combo that way I don’t have to choose just one.

  13. LynneMarie

    November 14, 2017 at 12:46 pm

    Applebee’s is one of my favorite places to eat and one thing I always order is the spinach and artichoke dip.

  14. shelly peterson

    November 14, 2017 at 12:52 pm

    The mozzarella sticks sound good to try.
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  15. Rachel V

    November 14, 2017 at 12:59 pm

    Spinach and artichoke dip

  16. Shanna

    November 14, 2017 at 1:10 pm

    Definitely the house Bahama Mama 🙂

  17. Missy

    November 14, 2017 at 1:31 pm

    I want to try the Yuengling Lager pints.

  18. Dana Rodriguez

    November 14, 2017 at 1:54 pm

    I def want to try their Brew Pub Pretzels with Beer Cheese Dip!

  19. Helen

    November 14, 2017 at 1:57 pm

    I like the bahama mamas and the cheese sticks are delicious; however, the triple chocolate meltdown sounds amazing too.

  20. Terry

    November 14, 2017 at 2:28 pm

    I would love to try Applebee’s Mozzarella sticks.

  21. Donna L

    November 14, 2017 at 2:31 pm

    I like Applebee’s onion rings.

  22. Sheila K.

    November 14, 2017 at 2:36 pm

    I would love to try their mozzarella sticks!

  23. Elicia P

    November 14, 2017 at 2:51 pm

    Oh why did I open this post.. I am wanting Applebee’s now. Cheeseburger egg rolls… mainly because I am craving egg rolls.

  24. Kayla Bennett

    November 14, 2017 at 3:25 pm

    I like their mozzarella sticks.

  25. Amber cheras

    November 14, 2017 at 3:34 pm

    I can’t wait to try their Spinach and artichoke dip!

  26. Francine Anchondo

    November 14, 2017 at 3:54 pm

    perfect margarita is my favorite.

  27. Julie Terry

    November 14, 2017 at 4:21 pm

    I have never been to Applebees, so i don’t have a favorite, but the everything sounds wonderful. From reading the comments I would love to try the mozzarella sticks and the spinach and artichoke dip.

  28. Jessica Padilla

    November 14, 2017 at 4:39 pm

    I’m excited to try the Salsa verde beef nachos.

  29. Laura A.

    November 14, 2017 at 4:57 pm

    Their spinach artichoke dip is so yummy! I’d love a date night with my hubby (with 2 young kids we might have a night out once a year) so thanks for the chance to win!

  30. Angelica Dimeo

    November 14, 2017 at 5:11 pm

    I would like to try the spinach and artichoke dip and a margarita

  31. Audrey Stewart

    November 14, 2017 at 5:23 pm

    I want to try their Brew Pub Pretzels with Beer Cheese Dip. It sounds good!

  32. Audrey Stewart

    November 14, 2017 at 5:23 pm

    I want to try their Brew Pub Pretzels with Beer Cheese Dip. It sounds good!This is not a duplicate comment. This is the only one I have made.

  33. Anita Duvall

    November 14, 2017 at 5:28 pm

    I have not had the chance to try a nice salty margarita yet! Would love that and some Brew Pub Pretzels and Dip.

  34. Sandy McKenzie

    November 14, 2017 at 5:39 pm

    I want to try the chicken wonton tacos with a twitled mango lemonade.

  35. Juanita May

    November 14, 2017 at 5:44 pm

    I want to try their Brew Pub Pretzels with Beer Cheese Dip.

  36. Richard Brandt

    November 14, 2017 at 6:43 pm

    I’d like to try the Double Crunch Bone-in Wings with Spicy Sweet Asian Chile.

  37. kelly woods

    November 14, 2017 at 7:27 pm

    My family and i love the cheesesticks. Yum

  38. Natalie

    November 14, 2017 at 7:42 pm

    I love the chicken wontons

  39. Julie Waldron

    November 14, 2017 at 8:00 pm

    I love the Brew Pub Pretzels + Beer Cheese Dip.

  40. Margaret S Porter

    November 14, 2017 at 8:35 pm

    The perfect margarita with some spinach artichoke dip

  41. Julie R

    November 14, 2017 at 9:01 pm

    The classic combo!

  42. Kelly Skibbe

    November 14, 2017 at 9:10 pm

    I would love to have the blackberry sangria. Yum!!!

  43. Nancy Bowers

    November 14, 2017 at 9:11 pm

    Onion rings would tempt me.

  44. Lisa V.

    November 14, 2017 at 10:27 pm

    I’d like to try the steak quesadilla.

  45. Jerry Marquardt

    November 14, 2017 at 10:42 pm

    My favorite appetizer is the Spinach and Artichoke Dip.

  46. Kayla Klontz

    November 14, 2017 at 11:09 pm

    I love the chicken wonton tacos.

  47. Kristen Patton

    November 14, 2017 at 11:32 pm

    I love their spinach artichoke dip!

  48. Leela

    November 15, 2017 at 1:22 am

    The Bahama Mama.

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This Mother’s Day, Treat Mom To Breakfast In Bed.. And Maybe Even A Spa Gift Card

It’s hard to believe, but we’re just a few weeks away from Mother’s Day. Do you know what you are getting that special superwoman…

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Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Bays English Muffins, but all opinions are my own.

It’s hard to believe, but we’re just a few weeks away from Mother’s Day. Do you know what you are getting that special superwoman on your list? My suggestion – Start things off on the right foot and treat her to breakfast in bed. She will appreciate the effort.

While the notion of cooking breakfast might seem daunting to some (myself included), there’s no need to panic, as we’ve partnered with Bays® English Muffins, who have provided us with some tasty and delicious Mother’s Day recipes that are easy to make and sure to please!

Trust me, if I can make these dishes, then you can too. See how easy it is for yourself:

If she’s a fan of French Toast, Bays Classic French Toast substitutes boring bread for English muffins. The Mattina Toscana is a restaurant-quality egg sandwich. The Chocolate Chunk Cheesecake Spread is perfect for those Mom’s with a sweet tooth. But my personal favorite would have to be the Strawberry Ricotta Balsamic Bites.

Bays English Muffins comes in four different varieties (Original, Sourdough, Multi-Grain and Honey Wheat), so feel free to use whichever one best suits her tastes in your dish. You can find them in your grocer’s refrigerated case next to the eggs – not in the bread aisle.

You can find these recipes and more on Bays website under the recipe tab, but I’ve included the Strawberry Ricotta Balsamic Bites recipe here for your convenience:

Strawberry Ricotta Balsamic Bites recipe

Ingredients:
1/2 cup ricotta cheese
1 pkg. (4 oz.) goat cheese (or whipped cream cheese)
3 teaspoons grated lemon rind, divided
4 BAYS English Muffins, any variety, split
8 medium strawberries, trimmed, sliced
2-1/2 tablespoons balsamic glaze
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper

Instructions:
Mix ricotta cheese, goat cheese and 2 teaspoons of the lemon rind.
Toast English muffins.
Spread about 2 tablespoons ricotta mixture on each muffin half. Top evenly with strawberries; drizzle with glaze. Sprinkle with remaining 1 teaspoon lemon rind, salt and pepper.

Bon Appétit!

But wait, there’s more!

Enter The Bays English Muffins What Mom’s Want Sweepstakes

Bays English Muffins - What Mom Wants Sweepstakes

To make Mother’s Day a little brighter, Bays is hosting an awesome giveaway, where one lucky winner will receive a $200 Spa gift card, so Mom can treat herself to the spa treatment(s) of her choice. Now that’s a gift that is sure to make her happy!

You can enter the contest every day from April 24th to May 13th 2018 on Bays Facebook page. Official rules can be found at Bays.com. And while you’re at it, don’t forget to ‘LIKE’ Bays’ Facebook page, to share your Bays creations and pick up some new ideas.

Good luck!

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Get Excited Steak Lovers, You Can Now Buy The World’s Rarest Beef In The US

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Olive Wagyu Beef

Forget the age-old question of “Where’s the beef?” A better question is “What’s the rarest beef on Earth and where can I get some of it?” We’ve got you covered. Despite our amazing cattle industry and despite the fact that you can find a quality steakhouse around every corner these days, there’s one type of beef we can’t regularly get here in America.

Genuine Wagyu Beef.

While there are certain types of Wagyu Beef on steakhouse menus here in America, it is rare, and you never know if it’s Wagyu-style beef that’s been grown in America and masquerading Japanese style cattle raising or if it’s imported. However, there’s one specific type of Wagyu beef that has never been available in this country until now, and that’s Olive Wagyu.

So, what’s the deal, why is this beef so rare and praised? Well, the fat content and marbling in Olive Wagyu beef comes from the fact that the cows in Japan eat spent olives used in olive oil production. This results in a piece of beef with amazing softness. It’s hard to find this even in Japan. But now, a company is making Olive Wagyu available to us in the States.

It’s coming courtesy of Crowd Cow. And the catch is that you have to be a member. Existing Crowd Cow customers get the first taste of Olive Wagyu, so maybe it’s time to sign up.

But don’t have a cow man! What isn’t sold to existing customers will go on sale to the public the next day. My mouth is watering just thinking about this!

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Michael Symon’s New Cookbook Arrives Just In Time For BBQ Season

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Clarkson Potter sent us a copy of Playing With Fire AND is providing a prize pack for one lucky reader!

Michael Symon - Playing With Fire

Just in time for the start of BBQ season, Michael Symon (co-host of The Chew and celebrated Iron Chef and restaurateur) has released his fifth cookbook, Playing With Fire, which covers all things meat!

Playing With Fire focuses on barbecue and live-fire grilling, with 72 recipes inspired by his newest restaurant, Mabel’s BBQ, in his hometown of Cleveland. In preparing to open his barbecue restaurant, Michael Symon enthusiastically sampled smoked meat from across America.

These finger-licking, lip-smacking recipes draw inspiration from his favorites, including dry ribs from Memphis, wet ribs from Nashville, brisket from Texas, pork steak from St. Louis, and burnt ends from Kansas City, as well as the unique and now signature Cleveland-style barbecue that he developed to showcase the flavors of his hometown. Symon offers expert guidance on working with different styles of grills and smokers, cooking various cuts of meat, choosing aromatic woods for smoking, and pairing proteins with rubs, sauces & sides.

If you’re looking for a new guide to classic American barbecue with the volume turned to high, look no further.

Michael Symon

Michael Symon cooks with soul, having grown up in a Greek and Sicilian family. The Cleveland native shares his exuberant, approachable cooking style and infectious laugh as an Iron Chef on Food Network and as a co-host on ABC’s The Chew. Michael is the chef and owner of more than 18 restaurants, including Lola and Mabel’s BBQ in downtown Cleveland, locals of B-Spot Burgers throughout the Midwest, and Angeline at the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa in Atlantic City.

He’s always posting amazing creations on his social media accounts, so you should definitely make sure that you’re following him on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. But be forewarned, his feed will make you hungry.

I’ve long been a fan of Michael Symon and his cooking, so when Clarkson Potter sent us an advanced copy of Playing With Fire, I couldn’t wait to check it out. And let me tell you, the recipes had our mouths watering! Sadly, it’s still freezing outside here in the Northeast (heck, it just snowed last week), so we can’t fire up the grill just yet. But once it warm up, we’ll definitely be trying out some of these dishes for ourselves.

Michael Symon's BBQ Toolset Prize Pack

In celebration of the release of Playing With Fire (in stores April 3rd), we’ve partnered with Clarkson Potter for an exciting giveaway, where one lucky winner will receive the following:

  • A copy of Michael Symon’s Playing With Fire
  • A Cuisinart Deluxe 20-piece grill set
  • A barbecue pit mitt glove

To enter, simply leave us a comment below telling us what your favorite barbecue dish is. We’ll pick a winner at random on April 20th at 5pm EST. Contest only open to US residents.

Good luck!

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