The country singer, who name-checks the popular restaurant in his mega-smash hit, “Fancy Like,” shared his go-to Applebee’s order during a recent episode of Southern Living’s Biscuits & Jam podcast.
“I’ve been trying to stay on the lighter side lately, because we eat so much of it, but man, I’ve got to tell you, dude, Applebee’s … I joke around a lot, but I’ve got to tell you, man, Applebee’s is truly family,” Hayes said.
“It’s crazy to think I used to steal my dad’s credit card and take [my wife] Laney there when we were in 11th grade. Who would’ve thought two kids sitting there just eating a Bourbon Street steak, going, ‘One day you’re going to write a song that basically just blows Applebee’s up, and you’re going to do a dance with our daughter.’ Man, Lately I’ve been doing the Southwest bowls, and the quesadilla burger is really, really good, but the spinach dip, man,” he continued.
Hayes has been such a loyal customer over the years that Applebee’s awarded him their gold card back in June. The card allows Hayes to eat free at any Applebee’s for the rest of his life.
Hayes spoke about receiving his Applebee’s Gold Card on an episode of Country Countdown USA with Lon Helton, telling the host how grateful the restaurant was to him following the success of “Fancy Like.”
In sharing more about what the honor meant to him, Hayes also admitted he now gets worried about losing his wallet because his gold card is in it.
“I never used to care if I lost my wallet. But now I worry because the Gold Card is in it,” he explained.
All worries about losing his gold card aside, Hayes still enjoys eating at the popular restaurant. He shared videos of him and wife Laney celebrating their 18th wedding anniversary at Applebee’s to his Instagram account.
In one clip, Hayes and Laney enjoyed some spinach dip while discussing the highs and lows of their marriage. In a second clip, Hayes does a “humblebrag” and asks Laney to drop his gold card to pay for their meal.
Aside from continuing to praise Applebee’s, Hayes is preparing to embark on his Glad You’re Here Tour, which features support from Parmalee. The 15-city trek will kick off in Johnstown, Pennsylvania on September 29 and continue through November 12, where the tour will wrap up in Everett, Washington at Angel Of the Winds Arena.
“GLAD YOU’RE HERE ARENA TOUR… can’t frickin believe it,” Hayes wrote on Twitter at the time of the tour announcement. “It’s mind-blowing how our team is growing, how the crowds are growing and how the music continues to connect with my audience. I’m just so grateful.”