Many folks dismiss all chains. I've found what Applebee's does that is outstanding, but woefully publicized. Potatoes. The mashed potatoes are garlic mashed; definitely not from dehydrated potatoes. Some of the entrees come with fried red potatoes with nice blistered skins. These 2 potato sides are freshly prepared, better than I can make at home, and better than at 95% of the non chain restaurants I've been to. The secret is out.