Lunch Options On the Applebee’s Menu

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Applebee’s Menu has everything from appetizers to desserts. According to Washington Post writer Tom Sietsema, Applebee’s ranks number 5 out of 10 of America’s Top Chain Restaurants. Let’s take a look at some lunch options on the Applebee’s Menu.

1. Tex-Mex Shrimp Bowl

The Tex-Mex Shrimp Bowls come with grilled chipotle-lime shrimp on a bed of mixed greens and cilantro rice with house-made pico de gallo, black bean corn salsa, and guacamole. The bowls are topped with chimichurri, tortilla strips, and come with a fresh lime wedge.

Tex-Mex Shrimp Bowl on Applebee's Menu
Tex-Mex Shrimp Bowl $11.99

Applebee’s Tex-Mex Shrimp Bowl is one of the lower-calorie items on the menu. Each bowl has 760 calories, 91 grams of carbohydrates, 27 grams of fat, 30 grams of protein, 2260 mg of sodium, and 10 grams of fiber. 

2. Southwest Steak Bowl

Applebee’s Southwest Steak Bowl is made with grilled chipotle-lime sirloin steak on a bed of mixed greens with cilantro rice, house-made pico de gallo, black bean corn salsa, and guacamole. It comes topped with chimichurri, tortilla strips, and a slice of lime.

Southwest Steak Bowl
Irresist-a-Bowl $11.99

Steak bowls have 860 calories, 90 grams of carbohydrates, 39 grams of fat, 42 grams of protein, 2360 mg of sodium, and 10 grams of fiber. 

3. Southwest Steak Caesar Salad

There are nine salads on Applebee’s Menu. The Southwest Steak Caesar Salad is a bed of crisp romaine topped with grilled chipotle-lime sirloin steak, croutons, shaved Parmesan and it is served with garlic Caesar dressing on the side.

Southwest Steak Caesar Salad
Southwest Steak Caesar Salad $11.99

The Southwest Steak Caesar Salad has 1030 calories, 56 grams of carbohydrates, 71 grams of fat, 45 grams of protein, 2520 mg of sodium, and 8 grams of fiber. 

4. Bourbon Street Chicken and Shrimp

Applebee’s Bourbon Street Chicken and Shrimp is a Cajun-seasoned chicken breast served with blackened shrimp in buttery garlic and parsley along with sautéed mushrooms and onions. It is served with a side of garlic mashed potatoes.

Bourbon Street Chicken and Shrimp
Bourbon Street Chicken and Shrimp $14.99

Bourbon Street Chicken and Shrimp is Cajun-seasoned chicken topped with blacked shrimp in a garlic butter sauce and topped with mashed potatoes. The meal has 780 calories, 48 grams of carbohydrates, 42 grams of fat, 56 grams of protein, 2540 mg of sodium, and 6 grams of fiber. 

5. Chicken Tenders Plate

Not to be confused with the Chicken Tenders Platter, Applebee’s Chicken Tenders Plate comes with crispy breaded chicken tenders and French fries with a choice of dipping sauce.

chicken tenders and French fries
Chicken Tenders Plate $9.99

The Chicken Tenders Plate, including French fries, has 1120 calories, 103 grams of carbohydrates, 63 grams of fat, 37 grams of protein, 2580 mg of sodium, and 6 grams of fiber. (Dipping sauce nutrition information is not included in those counts.)

6. Impossible Cheeseburger

New to the Applebee’s menu is the Impossible Cheeseburger, a tasty burger option for vegetarians (the cheese keeps it from being a vegan-friendly option). By default, the burger comes dressed with two slices of American cheese, lettuce, tomato, onion, and pickles, and is served with a side of French fries.

Hand holding an Impossible Burger with two slices of cheese, red onion, and lettuce.
Impossible Cheeseburger $10.99

The Impossible Cheeseburger meal has 1050 calories, 100 grams of carbohydrates, 56 grams of fat, 37 grams of protein, 2590 mg of sodium, and 12 grams of fiber.

Nutrition label for the Impossible Burger and French fries.

7. Four Cheese Mac ‘N Cheese with Honey Pepper Chicken Tenders

There is no shame in ordering chicken fingers and macaroni and cheese if you are an adult and getting the Four Cheese Mac ‘N Cheese with Honey Pepper Chicken Tenders at Applebee’s. This grown-up version combines sweet and savory and cheesy in one tasty penne pasta dish topped with applewood-smoked bacon and crispy chicken strips.

Four cheese mac and cheese and chicken tenders.
Four Cheese Mac ‘N Cheese with Honey Pepper Chicken Tenders $13.99

The Four Cheese Mac ‘N Cheese with Honey Pepper Chicken Tenders meal has 1420 calories, 155 grams of carbohydrates, 61 grams of fat, 37 grams of protein, 3250 mg of sodium, and 7 grams of fiber.


Applebee’s Nutrition Information

Applebee’s is transparent with their nutrition information. They list calories, calories from fat, total fat, saturated fat, cholesterol, sodium, total carbs, dietary fiber, sugars, and protein. 

People who want to know more about what is actually in the dish can click on [more info] on the nutrition page and pull up a Nutrition Facts label with all of the ingredients for a particular dish. This is great for those who have food allergies and those who are wondering so many of the dishes are high in sodium. (FYI, the Classic Combo appetizer has 6,240 mg of sodium.)

If you are looking for something healthy on the Applebee’s menu, then consider ordering the Grilled Chicken Breast (190 calories, 3 grams of fat, 860 mg of sodium, 40 grams of protein) or Blackened Cajun Salmon (240 calories, 9 grams of fat, 830 mg of sodium, 35 grams of protein). 

For a side dish, the Fire-Grilled Veggies (150 calories, 12 grams of fat, 420 grams of sodium, 2 grams of protein), Garlicy Green Beans (160 calories, 13 grams of fat, 320 grams of sodium, 2 grams of protein), Signature Coleslaw (120 calories, 7 grams of fat, 170 grams of sodium), and Steamed Broccoli (100 calories, 8 grams of fat, 280 grams of sodium, 3 grams of protein) are good choices.


Applebee’s has been serving delicious dishes since 1980, starting with its early predecessor T.J. Applebee’s Rx for Edibles & Elixirs,® in Atlanta, Georgia.

Today, there are over 2000 Applebee’s locations around the country open for lunch and dinner, as well as Happy Hour. Even during the Pandemic, diners can order from the app or online and pick up their food via Carside-To-Go or Takeout.


Trying to decide what to get for lunch? Be sure to check out these other posts with nutrition information:

If this post has made you hungry and your next task is to find an “Applebee’s near me,” then click here to go to the Applebee’s website. For more Applebee’s menu nutrition information, go to Applebees.com.

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