Christmas Eve Dinner: Applebee's and Autism
I don't often post a review of restaurants, as I don't feel I'm fully qualified to judge a chain's food properly. Â But last night, as we sat and ate our dinner, it occurred to me that I needed to say something.
Ever since I had a nasty experience at IHOP in West Valley City, I've been reluctant to go to sit-down restaurants with my autistic son. Â At IHOP, the place was so loud and the food so slow that our son went into a melt down. Â What's more, it didn't have to be that way, because only 1/3rd of the place was full, we were just all crammed together. Â I suppose it makes sense to the management, but it still sent our son into a meltdown that required me to walk him around in the deserted section, while a couple who sat next to us pointed out that their children were well behaved. Â Hence. my total lack of desire to eat there, ever again.
But last night, at Applebee's, we had a wonderful time. Â The food came to us fast and fresh. Â Our youngest was the only one who got whiny, but that's because he had just woken up. Â the food came just in time to help him calm down, and our oldest with Autism had a blast. Â We were placed on the side by the window, and even though we had people on all sides of us, it didn't feel like we were crowded. Â The noise level was very minimal, so much so that we could even whisper if we so desired. Â And finally, the staff was very friendly.
We have been to another Applebee's in town, and had a similar experience, with one addition: Â the waitress who served us was aware of autism and took a liking to Jonathan right away. Â For these reasons, both my wife and I love going to Applebee's. Â I don't know if all the Applebee's restaurants are like this, or if it's just the West Valley City and Taylorsville Applebee's, but they have made a happy customer out of my wife and I.
Does anyone else have a favorite restaurant to go to? Â What makes it your favorite?