Vidalia onions shipping from the soil of southeast Georgia in late April is an annual spring rite of passage, according to Applebee's. To that end, Applebee's restaurants recently unveiled the new Grilled Vidalia Onion Sirloin by accepting the ceremonial first Vidalia onion from representatives of the Vidalia Onion Committee at VidaliaBee's, an Applebee's restaurant renamed for the occasion in Dunwoody, Georgia, near the nation's first Applebee's location in Decatur, Georgia.
The Grilled Vidalia Onion Sirloin is a tender, 7-ounce sirloin, grilled to order and topped with a grilled and caramelized slice of sweet Vidalia onion, with garlicky spinach and smashed and crisped red-skinned potatoes in a warm, sweet, and spicy Hawaiian barbecue sauce. It is the star of a new Applebee's menu arriving just in time for warmer weather, with ingredients chosen to highlight the season's best flavors.
The new Shrimp Scampi Linguine, new Unbelievably Great-Tasting & Under 550 Calorie Strawberry and Avocado Salad, and new Weight Watchers-endorsed Chicken Freshcado, along with guest favorites like the Margarita Queso Chicken & Shrimp, and legendary Grilled Chicken Wonton Tacos appetizer, round out the delicious new lineup with light flavors and hints of summer sure to transport Guests to their summer happy place, wherever that may be.
And because no happy place is complete without a good beverage in hand, Applebee's will launch a line of new margaritas and cocktails just in time for the summer season. The refreshed margaritas include guest favorites like the Perfect Margarita, as well as five new margaritas and five new cocktails.
"Forget the polar vortex, and bring on summer fun," says Peter Czizek, Applebee's vice president of culinary and menu strategy. "Our new menu is full of bright dishes made with freshly prepared ingredients that bring out great flavors for warmer weather, and we can't wait for our guests to discover how Vidalia onions take our steaks to the next level."
"We are thrilled to provide our unique, sweet Vidalias to Applebee's," says Susan Waters, executive director of the Vidalia Onion Committee. "Our onions are exclusively grown in the mild climate and unique soil surrounding Vidalia, Georgia, and are inherently special to our region. Applebee's guests around the country are in for a special treat this summer."
New Under-600 Calorie Lunch Combinations
Applebee's new under 600-calorie lunch combinations include new pastas, sandwiches, and salads to pair. Applebee's has more than 200 different lunch combinations starting at $6.99.
Continuing its pursuit to be the biggest fans of its fans, Applebee's is giving one lucky guest the chance to go behind the scenes at an Applebee's photo shoot in San Francisco. Partnering with Spotify, Applebee's is asking fans to add their "freshest" songs to the #WinBehindTheFresh playlist.
To participate, fans can request songs using the Twitter hashtag #WinBehindTheFresh, add their own tune on Spotify, or Instagram a picture of an Applebee's meal with the hashtag #WinBehindTheFresh. Applebee's social media team will randomly choose a winner to see firsthand how the magic happens.
New Menu Items and Refreshed Beverages
- Grilled Vidalia Onion Sirloin: A tender, 7-ounce sirloin is grilled to order and topped with a grilled and caramelized slice of sweet Vidalia onion, with garlicky spinach and smashed and crisped red-skinned potatoes in a warm, sweet, and spicy Hawaiian barbecue sauce.
- Shrimp Scampi Linguine: Steaming linguine noodles are tossed in a citrus scampi sauce, layered with grill-seared juicy shrimp and zucchini, and finished with a scoop of pomodoro sauce, Applebee's Parmesan cheese blend, and torn basil.
- Strawberry and Avocado Salad: Strawberry slices, fresh arugula, and romaine are tossed in a fresh chili lime vinaigrette and topped with fire-grilled chicken breast. Hand-cut avocado chunks add a creamy complement to the zesty dressing.
- Weight Watchers-endorsed Chicken Freshcado: Fire-grilled whole chicken breast loaded with avocado, pineapple, peppers, onions, zucchini, and cucumbers served with white rice.
- Refreshed Margaritas: Perfect Margarita, Strawberry Lime Margarita, Perfect Sangria Margarita, Malibu Red Tropical 'Rita, Main Street 'Rita.
- Brand-New Cocktails: Island Blast Rum Punch, Jack's Berry Smash, Kentucky Fruit Tea, Fresh Fruit Citronade, Spiked Summertime Soda