Review: Applebee’s Chicken Fajita RollupAuthor: indianapoliseater | Filed under: Food Reviews, Location: Fishers, IN
8310 East 96th Street
Fishers, Indiana 46250
I’ll admit that Applebee’s is one of the last places that I think of when I want to grab something to eat. It’s not that I hate it or think it is bad, but instead I just think it is a homogenized and boring chain restaurant and I’d rather eat someplace with some sort of originality (perceived or otherwise) than feed the Applebee’s machine. That said, I was grabbing some dinner this past Sunday and struggling to come up with ideas, so for some reason, Applebee’s sounded good to me. I hadn’t been to an Applebee’s in at least three years, so it had been quite a break for me.
One thing I will note that in that three plus years, Applebee’s has not changed at all as I walked in to a bunch of families, guys drinking on corporate credit cards at the bar and the sounds of Madonna and Sheryl Crow blasting on the speakers. Ugh. Still, I was there and I was going to give it a chance and after perusing the menu, I decided to make my order.
What I Got: Chicken Fajita Rollup with fries; $9.99.
To quote the menu: “Smoky chipotle chicken rolled in a flour tortilla with melted Monterey Jack & cheddar cheeses, shredded lettuce and pico de gallo. Served with Mexi-ranch dipping sauce.” I can verify that all those were there and the cheeses were mostly melted and I very much appreciated that. When mixed with warm fajitas and a warm tortilla, nothing spoils it more than shredded cheese that is not anywhere close to being melted.
When I bit into this rollup, it was that melted cheese that I mentioned that made this one a winner. The chicken was tender and mostly flavorful when mixed with the lettuce and the nice and fresh taste of the pico de gallo. The chicken and vegetables alone would have made this a winner, but when that melted cheese was added in, it gave this rollup a gooey, almost nacho like flair as I was pulling the cheese away with each bite and since I haven’t had nachos in a while by every fault of my own, I missed that gooey tug of cheese that comes with each bite. The Mexi-ranch dipping sauce itself added a nice cooling compliment to the rollup as well. The best way I can describe the Mexi-ranch sauce was ranch dressing mixed with finely chopped cucumbers and then sprinkled with a little hot sauce. You could almost say that it resembled tzatziki sauce that you’d get with Greek food, although the hot sauce and the ranch kick is what drew the differentiation. Either way, I enjoyed it and that’s saying something because I don’t typically like ranch. All in all, this rollup was almost burrito like in its construction and as any Mexican food lover can attest, there is nothing wrong with a burrito.
Would I Buy It Again? Sure, I would buy it again. It wasn’t the world’s best dinner (the fries were bland), but it was flavorful enough that I did not regret ordering it. In fact, I actually enjoyed it and when I first rolled into this Applebee’s, I wasn’t sure that I’d be able to say that after I left. I commend them for impressing me with a decent meal and it might be sooner than three years before I go back now.
One thing I will note is that this particular Applebee’s had excellent customer service. My meal took forever to get to me and the server and manager could not have been more apologetic. At the end of my meal, the server came out to tell me that the manager was so upset with the slow service that my meal was fully comped. That’s going the extra mile for a customer and for that, I give this Applebee’s kudos.