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Oh Outback Steakhouse, what has become of you?

Okay, okay, I know. Outback Steakhouse is a “casual dining” chain and I really shouldn’t expect much from them based on that. I’m not going in to one of their locations expecting foodie-quality dining and a high-end restaurant experience.

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Seasons 52 Summer Menu Review and Tasting Notes

Strawberry Lemon Smash

Strawberry Lemon Smash

Last night I had the pleasure to preview the new Summer menu items at Seasons 52 in Cherry Hill, New Jersey. The Spring menu tasting event in March had been wonderful so I was really looking forward to seeing what new items they’d be introducing for the summer season, and Seasons 52 did not disappoint. Overall I liked nearly everything I tasted and appreciated how these new offerings celebrated so much of what makes summer my favorite season for food and dining.

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Seasons 52: New Spring Menu Review

Seasons 52 Exterior

On Tuesday night I had the pleasure and privilege of being able to experience the new offerings on Seasons 52 spring menu, as well as hear the restaurant’s Culinary Director Clifford Pleau and Master Sommelier George Miliotes talk about these latest appetizers, entrees and drinks via a live webcast. Now, those who know me well know that I am often skeptical about “chain restaurants”, even as I admit they have a respectable place and time in the dining world. When I’m on the road in unfamiliar territory, especially in suburban areas lacking many local, unique dining experiences, there are certain chains I’m relieved to find because I know I will be able to enjoy a certain constant, consistent level of food. Yet in general I always prefer to dine at local, independent, non-chain establishments when I can.

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pplebee’s Paradise Chicken Salad is a Tasty, Health-Conscious Choice

This New Salad Entree is Low in Calories and High in Flavor

While I am not always a fan of chain restaurants, I do have a weakness for Applebee’s, so I was curious to try their new Paradise Chicken Salad on a recent visit. I like their salad entrees in general and find them an appealing dinner choice when I want something filling, but not too heavy. The Paradise Chicken Salad is described on Applebee’s menu as “…an island blend of pineapple, mandarin oranges, fresh apple chunks, pico de gallo and crisp greens. Topped with slices of blackened grilled chicken and served with cool balsamic vinaigrette.” It is priced at $8.99 and also listed as one of their Weight Watchers selections, with a Points value of 6. I ordered the Paradise Chicken Salad at the Applebee’s located in Deptford, New Jersey on 1850 Deptford Center Road.

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Examining the Criticisms Against Chain Restaurants

This article was originally published on Associated Content on July 13, 2010.

TGI Friday's in Time Square New York.

TGI Friday’s in Time Square New York. Photo by m01229 on Flickr, licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic.

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