Applebee’s is a moderately trendy restaurant, and by that I mean they have fully embraced the ethic of “change is good”.  They change their menu often. There are good reasons for doing so, one of which is by having seasonal menus, they can take full advantage of the freshest produce (and the modern American style is all about fresh produce). There is also the observation that new menu items bring in more traffic to a restaurant.

Applebee’s isn’t the only restaurant embracing the new ethic. I see it in force at TGI Fridays (Pleasant Hill), at Chilis (124 and Webb Ginn House Road), at Burger King (Oak Road and Five Forks), at the English pub in Norcross, at most well-run mid-priced chains. This is, of course, entirely opposite of the approach that an old traditional restaurant would use. The counterexample coming to mind right now is Matthew’s Cafeteria in Tucker, still going strong with its stock menu.

I’ve eaten at this Applebee’s several times, but the always changing menu presents a problem. I could recommend a dish, but it might be gone next week, next month, next year. They have specials by Food Channel celebrity chef Tyler Florence, but I’ve had indifferent luck with those specials. Sometimes they are good, and sometimes they are not. I’ve had especially good luck with Applebee’s riblets, which are a fatty juicy meat cooked in the barbecue style. I can’t tell you the cut of the meat. I can tell you a riblet basket with fries is a totally incorrect, delightful, guilty pleasure.

I like the wings, in my memory. The salads are fine, and the burgers reliable. This location isn’t as packed as other trendy restaurants up and down Scenic Highway, though it can be crowded and you can have to wait. As the Snellville Applebee’s is very well located (in the same mall area as Target, near the 124, Ronald Reagan intersection, and near to the Border’s bookstore), location and convenience to nearby shopping may make your choice. This isn’t a bad one. Just be cautious when dealing with the food special of the moment.