There are a number of things you will do when you retire. For example, you will probably play golf, buy orthopedic shoes and eat at chain restaurants.

You can bet that more than half of the people you see at Applebee’s on any given evening are retirees. The same holds true for many chain restaurants including Chili’s, Outback Steakhouse and Golden Corral.

This might not surprise you, but what will be of surprise is that burgers and fries aren’t always the most popular menu item. The top picks for retirees at chain restaurants can be a little unexpected. What won’t surprise you is that the most popular menu choices for retirees at chain restaurants are not always the healthiest choices.

When you think about Burger King, the Whopper comes to mind. When you think about Outback Steakhouse, the Bloomin’ Onion comes to mind. New York Medicaid Planning, your Medicaid planning service, offers the most popular dishes at chain restaurants.

Red Lobster

When you are seated at Red Lobster, you are in for a real treat almost right away. Anyone who has ever eaten at the chain knows what comes next, the cheese biscuits.

We all know that you go to Red Lobster for the seafood, but you secretly look forward to stuffing your face with cheese biscuits.

Olive Garden

You might not be in Italy when you step into Olive Garden for lunch or dinner, but you will certainly have a taste of Italy. The scrumptious platter is popular with many retirees in the Tour of Italy plate.

The Tour of Italy plate combines three awesome dishes, fettuccine alfredo, chicken parmesan and lasagna, all on one large platter. In addition to the breadsticks and salad, you will walk away from the table full and satisfied. That is, if you don’t overdo it and have to be wheeled away from the table.

T.G.I. Friday’s

We are willing to bet that nobody out there would ever admit that they don’t like fried potato shells filled with cheese and bacon. T.G.I. Friday’s has a menu full of good stuff, but retirees flock to this chain for this favorite appetizer.


Like Olive Garden, Carrabba’s Italian Grill is a chain restaurant serving great Italian food. Of all of the dishes they offer, one favorite that stands out is the Chicken Bryan. The Chicken Bryon is a wood-grilled chicken topped with goat cheese, sun-dried tomatoes and spiked with lemon-butter sauce.

We can hear you drooling.

Bonefish Grill

If you frequent Bonefish Grill n a regular basis, you probably mix up your choices of appetizers and main courses to keep things from getting boring. But you also probably order the Bang Bang Shrimp more often than not.

This is a rather simple dish that consists of crunchy shrimp with a unique blend of spices. It is difficult to explain in words, it is a dish you need to experience.

Red Robin

Walk into a red Robin and half of the retirees there are probably eating the same thing; the Whisky River BBQ Burger.

The Whisky River BBQ Burger is a burger lover’s treat. It is a hamburger drenched in BBQ sauce and served with cheese and onion straws. This masterpiece includes never-ending fries. Awesome.


Head on over to Applebee’s and indulge in the Shrimp-N- Parmesan Sirloin. That is, if you have an appetite and you don’t care how many calories you consume.

Sure, the 9-ounce steak and grilled shrimp topped with cheese might be a little unhealthy, but at least it comes with a side of mixed vegetables. That should make up for something.

P.F. Chang’s

The sheer volume of Asian dishes at this chain is enough to have your head spinning. But retired patrons of this restaurant do have a clear favorite: The Mongolian Style Beef.

Retirees have driven for miles for this garlicky, soy-glazed flank steak topped with green onions.

The Cheesecake Factory

With a menu that boasts well over 200 items, it is hard to believe that people can identify just one of their favorites. The clear winner has got to be the Chicken Madeira. We know this because The Cheesecake factory has confirmed this to be the most ordered item on the menu.

Schedule an appointment with New York Medicaid Consulting and then have lunch at our favorite chain restaurant.