The biggest chain in the U.S. had a mouthful of a name when it debuted in Atlanta in 1980: T.J. Applebee's Rx for Edibles & Elixirs.
Thankfully, the name was shortened, and today, the chain boasts a massive presence: There are nearly 2,000 locations around the world, each offering a place to "eat good in the neighborhood."
But while prices are right, reviewers don't entirely agree that the eating here is "good." Many Applebee's have just 2 stars, with only a handful nabbing 2 1/2 or 3 stars.
There are definitely complaints about the food itself, described as generic and underwhelming, but most of the scorn is directed at the service, with consistent complaints about rude servers, mistakes with orders and food delivered long after it was expected.