Applebee’s Grilled Watermelon & Spicy Shrimp Salad Review + More #Woodfired

Applebee's Grilled Watermelon & Spicy Shrimp Salad Review + More #Woodfired

About 15 years ago I lived near Martinsville, Va., and there was an Applebee’s there. I tried it a few times and it was good, but it was never a restaurant that I frequented. I am not really sure why. It just didn’t grab me for some reason. But I went to another one closer to home with a friend recently and it was pretty dang good. They also had great prices {I think I remember them being pretty expensive back in the day} so I decided to start eating there more often. I have been seeing advertisements for the new Wood Fired Menu and thought it looked really good, so Jay and I decided to eat at an Applebee’s in Winston Salem, NC just a couple days ago.

Applebee's Grilled Watermelon & Spicy Shrimp Salad Review + More #Woodfired

You could really eat cheap at Applebee’s now if you want to. They had an entire section in the menu that featured 2/$20 and 2/$25 meals. These included an appetizer and 2 meals. I often drink water in restaurants, so that is a steal. I had my heart set on one of the Wood Fired Salads, though, so we didn’t go that route. Perhaps next time. So, let me share with you what Jay and I did have.

Brew Pub Pretzels + Beer Cheese Dip

Blue Moonยฎ white cheddar beer cheese dip and honey Dijon.

I think these were my favorite part of the meal. Oh man, were they good. You get 4 soft, thick Pretzel sticks and plenty of beer cheese. I think I would enjoy just coming in and having appetizers one day just so that I could have an excuse to eat more of these. Definitely try them.

Price: $6.99

Applebee's Grilled Watermelon & Spicy Shrimp Salad Review + More #Woodfired

Grilled Watermelon & Spicy Shrimp Salad

Mixed greens, cucumbers, feta, almonds, with a house-made mint-Greek yogurt dressing.

Ok, let me start out by saying that my watermelon was not grilled, as you can see in my picture. It was served cold. That is not really a complaint although I was interested to see how the watermelon would turn out grilled. I just felt anyone reading this should know if they have their heart set on grilled watermelon, that might not happen {at least it might not happen if you eat at the location we ate at in Winston Salem, NC}.

Having said that, this salad was FANTASTIC. The watermelon and feta cheese were so interesting together. And the salad dressing that they used was tangy and phenomenal – very similar to a vinaigrette. I used to always put ranch dressing on everything but have recently started going with the dressings that are suggested and that has been a great choice. There’s a big world of food to try out there and not everything needs Ranch dressing, lol. And, the shrimp. Oh man, it was great. There was a good amount of it and it was spicy {though not overly spicy} as promised. So, we are left with the watermelon. Would the watermelon being grilled as advertised have made it better? I doubt it. This salad was so good and the price was right. I would definitely order it again. Yum. ๐Ÿ™‚

Price: $10.99

Applebee's Grilled Watermelon & Spicy Shrimp Salad Review + More #Woodfired

Bourbon Street Chicken & Shrimp

Cajun-seasoned chicken, blackened shrimp, sautรฉed onion and mushroom, crispy red potatoes. Served on a sizzling hot skillet.

Jay had this and he let me have a bite of his chicken and it was crazy good. Here are his thoughts: “Although the chicken was certainly good, the hits of this meal were the spicy shrimp and the red potatoes in my book. The potatoes tasted as though they were cooked in peanut oil, so be careful if you have a nut allergy. The shrimp had a nice little bite to it, combined with a wonderful grilled flavor that was perfection.”

Price: $12.69

Applebee's Grilled Watermelon & Spicy Shrimp Salad Review + More #Woodfired

Cracker Jack Banana Cheesecake

Have you ever heard of such? We generally never order dessert but this was so different that we just had to try it. Jay and I ordered one Cracker Jack Banana Cheesecake to share. Trust me, that is plenty. This dessert is really rich, but so so good. I asked the waiter if people often ordered this and he said that they did and that it had been on the menu for about a month or so he thought. I think you could split this between 3 or 4 people if you like. And yes, all you grown up kids like me, there was a prize in the bag of Cracker Jacks. ๐Ÿ˜€

Price: $6.99

Final Thoughts

All in all, I think this was a fabulous meal. Our total was $40.20 for 1 appetizer, 2 main courses and 1 dessert. I think that was a fair price for what we got – especially the main courses. If you want to eat cheaper, I suggest skipping on either the dessert or appetizer {or both – as they are a bit expensive, but worth the money if you get them}. Or you could order one of the deals that I mentioned towards the top of the post.

Applebee's Grilled Watermelon & Spicy Shrimp Salad Review + More #Woodfired

Want to see the rest of our food pictures from Applebee’s? Check them out on Flickr.

What Did You Think Of Our Applebee’s Review?

Have you ever eaten at Applebee’s? What has been your experience? Have you tried anything on the new Woodfired Menu? What did you think? Please share your thoughts in the comments below.

About Dawn McAlexander

Dawn has been a music lover her entire life. She went to college in Boone, NC, an area that is rich in music and culture. She also worked as a radio deejay for 8 years and grew up in Southeastern, Va, a melting pot of different musical styles and traditions. She has been to more concerts than she can count in every genre you can imagine. She resides in North Carolina with her furbabies and her massive collection of Disney memorabilia.


  1. I’m completely a salad person and that one looks so good! We have an applebees in my area and I’ve actually never been! I’m going to have to check it out with my family.

    • Dawn McAlexander

      Yes, definitely check it out. They have some really good specials so it would be cheap. I hate to pay a lot if I am not sure I will like it.

  2. Well, now I’m starving! I LOVE the idea of the sweetness of watermelon combined with the spice of the shrimp. I can’t wait to try this.
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  3. All these food made me drool! Now I need to find an Applebee’s somewhere near! Thanks for sharing!
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  4. That Watermelon salad sounds yummy. Too bad the watermelon was not grilled, I would love to know what grilled watermelon tastes like.

    • Dawn McAlexander

      It was so good that I might go back and try it again soon. If it’s grilled next time, I will be sure to update the review. And if you get there before me, perhaps you can let me know if it’s good. ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. We are big Applebee people! We haven’t been there in a few weeks and I think it’s time for us to get back there!
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  6. I’m all about getting shrimp and seafood when I go out since my husband isn’t fond of it. That shrimp salad would be my choice.

  7. Oh yum! I’ve been meaning to try out some of their new salads. That cheesecake looks good too!

  8. The Bourbon Chicken & Shrimp looks like something I could order when I eat low carb. I’ve been an Applebees fan for awhile now!
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  9. Applebee’s is one of our favorite places to dine. I need to look into getting one of their new salads and possibly some of that Banana Cracker Jack cheese cake. I usually skip dessert, but not next time we visit!
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  10. I love going to Applebee’s! I don’t know how I feel about watermelon and shrimp together but I would absolutely try it!
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  11. I tried one of their new salads and it was amazing! So good! I love Applebees, they have such a great selection.
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  12. Nikki Wayne says

    I wish we have Applebees here. I heard so many great reviews about this place.

  13. I am a big fan of Applebees because they have always been good about making sure their menu is stocked with plenty of healthy options. This sounds amazing.
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  14. I thought the watermelon would be grilled when I read the description. Pity that it isn’t. I still love Applebee’s though. ๐Ÿ™‚

  15. Ann Bacciaglia says

    We love to go to Applebee’s for a treat. I will definitely try the Cracker Jack Banana Cheesecake next time. The Salads are so delicious they are always my favorite.

  16. Ive been there but it’s been a while, looks like we need to go back because that watermelon salad sure looks delicious.

  17. I think Applebees has really improved over the years! I love their soft pretzels and beer cheese!! Delish!
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  18. There isn’t an Applebee’s all that close to us so I haven’t been there in forever. After seeing what I’m missing, I need to make the drive!

  19. I’m pretty big on getting water as well when I eat out. So expensive and seems to make the bill jump in price too often.

  20. We had dinner here one night and I tried the grilled watermelon salad. It was so so so good!

  21. Christina Aliperti says

    So, it’s almost 2am here and now I am craving some shrimp lol. Seriously though, everything looks so delicious, I could go for some dessert too.

  22. Nicole Escat says

    Oh, I want to try the griled watermelon salad. I heard a lot of greta reviews about this place.

  23. I honestly need my own food fix and looking at those luscious food up there makes me think I found my solution! Applebees should honestly cater to more places, even outside the US!
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