Best Ever Restaurant Copycat Recipes

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Cravings for your favorite restaurant dishes can just about drive you mad. But with your favorite restaurant copycat recipes at your fingertips, you can enjoy your restaurant favorites in the comfort of your home for a fraction of the cost.

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There are somethings I can not seem to get enough of.  I used to eat at Red Lobster just for the biscuits.

Cinnabon used to haunt my thoughts and Chipotle’s Barbacoa called to me in my dreams.  Now, I can have my restaurant favorites any time, any day without ever leaving the house and so can you.

Check out our Best Ever Restaurant Copycat Recipes sorted by restaurant name to make your search that much easier.

Is there something missing from our list? A recipe you just have to have? Please comment below and let us know what it is.

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Applebee’s Copycat Recipes

bowl of applebees spicy queso blanco copycat

Applebee’s Spicy Queso Blanco Dip is
a southwestern inspired creamy white cheese dip that pleases the palate
and leaves your taste buds begging for more. A creamy cheesy dip with a
little kick, it’s loaded with two cheeses, fresh herbs, and just enough
heat to make your tongue tingle. This copycat recipe couldn’t taste

applebees copycat tomato bssil soup in bowl

This Tomato Basil Soup
is filling, comforting, and so easy to make from scratch! Move over
Applebee’s, this easy soup recipe tastes even better than the original
and is ready in only 30 minutes.

Boston Market Copycat Recipes

sweet potato casserole boston market copycat in casserole dish

Boston Market Copycat Sweet Potato Casserole,
is one for your recipe book!  Rich sweet potatoes covered with
marshmallow and brown sugar streusel topping makes this a side dish to

Cheesecake Factory Copycat Recipes

cheesecake factory bang bang shrimp on fork

Copycat Cheesecake Factory Bang Bang Shrimp
is quick and easy to make bursting with flavor.  With this copycat
recipe at your fingertips, you can eat bang bang shrimp whenever the
cravings strike –  in your slippers – at a fraction of the price!

avocado egg rolls dipped in sauce

Cheesecake Factory Avocado Egg Rolls
are just like the restaurant version, but even better because they are
homemade. This is sure to be your favorite Cheesecake Factory Copycat
Recipe. Serve them with Chipotle Ranch Dipping Sauce and your guests
will be begging for more!

Chipotle Mexican Grill Copycat Recipes

chipotles barbacoa copycat recipe closeup

Chipotle’s Famous Barbacoa
is the Mexican barbecue of my dreams.  Seared beef is slow-cooked in a
spectacular spicy adobo sauce and combination of flavors that create the
perfect moist and tender Mexican shredded beef.  Prepared in the crockpot it’s simple and delicious!

chipotle pork carnita on foil

Chipotle Copycat Slow Cooker Pork Carnitas
are a luscious slow-cooked pork that is so soft and juicy, they melt in
your mouth. Traditional Mexican cuisine would have you standing over a
stove for hours, but who has that kind of time? This simple recipe is
perfectly seasoned and creates a tender meat with robust flavors. 

chipotle guacamole in bowl

The Best Ever Guacamole Chipotle’s Restaurant Copycat is loaded with fresh avocado and bits of onion, jalapeno and citrus juices to perfectly balance this mildly spicy guacamole.

bowl of chipotle cilantro lime rice

Copycat Chipotle’s Cilantro Lime Rice – citrus juices and cilantro make for a very bright and scrumptious side dish!

bowl of roasted corn salsa

Chipotle Copycat Roasted Chili-Corn Salsa
is a medium heat, smoky and slightly sweet salsa that is an amazing
side dish and the perfect topping to so many of my favorite dishes! This
simple recipe even has a shortcut to get it on the table in no time

Cinnabon Restaurant Copycat Recipes

copycat cinnabon rolls, close up

Cinnabon Cinnamon Roll Copycat Recipe is a sweetened roll with a thick cinnamon-sugar filling and a cream cheese frosting that you are likely to remember long after the cinnamon roll is gone!

cinnabon stix on wood board

Copycat Cinnabon Cinnamon Stix
recipe starts out with a Danish pastry dough made from scratch, brushed
with vanilla and butter and then coated in cinnamon and sugar.  They
are baked to perfection and cut into the perfect size cinnamon sticks
and served with Cinnabon’s rich cream cheese frosting. It doesn’t get
much better than that!

Cold Stone Creamery Copycat Recipes

cold stone cake batter ice cream in a blue bowl

Cold Stone Cake Batter Ice Cream Copycat is an easy recipe that is prepped in just 5 minutes. Made with 7 simple ingredients this ice cream is rich and creamy, it is soon to be your
new favorite flavor with this make at home copycat recipe.

Cracker Barrel Copycat Recipes

cracker barrel hashbrown casserole on a plate

Cracker Barrel Copycat Hash Brown Casserole
is ready to go in the oven in a snap. This recipe all starts with
homemade soup and ends with a heap of cheese. It doesn’t get better than
that! Ready in 35 minutes!

slice of cracker barrel coca cola cake

Copycat Coca Cola Cake recipe
is every chocolate lover’s dream and tastes like the one you can get at
the Cracker Barrel Old Country Store! It’s so chocolatey, fudgy, and
rich, yourCrack whole family will want seconds of this delicious
homemade Coca Cola Chocolate Cake.

cracker barrel meatloaf on plate with mashed potatoes and veggies

Cracker Barrel Meatloaf Copycat is delicious and easily made at home. It is the classic comfort food, meatloaf recipe with crackers and the best glaze!

Disneyland and Disney World Copycat Recipes

dole whip in a glass

Dole Whip
is an iconic Disney dessert. Sweet, creamy, and made with real
ingredients. Make this frozen pineapple treat for the perfect touch of
magic on a hot summer day.

disney corn dogs with dipping sauce

Made famous by the Little Red Wagon food truck, these hand-dipped Disneyland corn dogs
are iconic for a reason. With a light, puffy breading flavored with a
hint of sweetness and fried to a perfect golden brown, you’ll be
surprised how easy they are to make at home!

Hooter’s Copycat Recipes

hooters fried pickles on plate

Hooter’s Copycat Fried Pickles A
southern favorite; fried pickles are crisp and tangy.  Crunchy dill pickles are dipped in a moist tangy mixture and dredged in a perfectly seasoned coating.  Pickles are deep-fried to a golden brown. Now you can enjoy your favorite fried pickles at home with our simple recipe that is ready in a snap!

Maid Rite Copycat Recipes

loose meat sandwich with pickles and ketchup on bun

Copycat Maid-Rite
is a loose meat sandwich made with perfectly seasoned, tender
slow-cooked ground beef served on a warm slightly sweetened bun. We have
tried to replicate it for years and at long last, we have the perfect
crock pot recipe and it is one to keep!  If you have never tried one,
run (do not walk) to your kitchen and make this!

McDonald’s Copycat Recipes

mint milkshake with whipped cream and sprinkles

The Best Ever McDonald’s Copycat Shamrock Shake
is a perfectly creamy mint shake topped with whipped cream and
sprinkles to make this the perfect St. Patrick’s Day shake. They’re only
seasonally available at McDonald’s, but now you can have one anytime.
Simple and so delicious you may never have to buy one again!

close up: filling in crust of crispy fried apple pies

Retro Copycat McDonald’s Fresh Apple Pies
from back when fried apple pies were fried apple pies.  Crisp flaky pie
crust oozing with thick apple pie filling and tender chunks of spiced

Olive Garden Copycat Recipes

olive garden copycat alfredo sauce close up

The decadent creamy Alfredo sauce from Olive Garden
can now be enjoyed in your own home with this scrumptious copycat
recipe loaded with cheese, cream and a special ingredient to really take
it over the top.

olive garden chicken vino bianco

Copycat Olive Garden Chicken Parmesano Vino Bianco with a creamy Parmesan white wine cream sauce so delicious it may transport you to Italy.

bowl of olive garden copycat zuppa toscana

Olive Garden Copycat Zuppa Toscana
with sausage, potatoes and fresh kale in a perfectly seasoned rich and
creamy broth makes this Tuscan-inspired soup a hit from the first bite. A
simple recipe that is hearty and delicious, you can’t go wrong with
this one-pot meal!

pouring white salad dressing on salad

Olive Garden Salad
is so amazing you may eat the salad and skip the meal.   Now you can
make your own salad dressing copycat recipe at home.  A crisp salad with
a tart, sweet and cheesy dressing will keep you coming back for more!

instant pot zuppa toscana in bowl

Instant Pot Zuppa Toscana
is the ultimate copycat recipe of the classic Olive Garden soup made
quick and easy in a pressure cooker. Sausage, potatoes and fresh kale in
a perfectly seasoned rich and creamy broth make this Tuscan
Italian-inspired soup a hit from the first bite.

Outback Copycat Recipes

alice springs chicken on plate

Outback Copycat Alice Springs Chicken is
bursting with flavor and so easy to prepare! It is no wonder its one of
the most popular menu items at Outback Steakhouse! Tender chicken,
honey mustard sauce, sautéed mushrooms, bacon and Swiss cheese turn
ordinary, plain chicken into a meal you’ll want again and again!

Panera Copycat Recipes

panera broccoli cheddar soup in bread bowl

Panera Copycat Broccoli Cheddar Soup is a comforting cheesy recipe that tastes just like your favorite meal from Panerea Bread Company!

Red Lobster Copycat Recipes

stacked cheddar bay biscuits

Red Lobster Copycat Cheddar Bay Biscuits are light and flaky, garlicky cheddar drop biscuits glistening with butter and speckled with parsley.  Slightly crisp on the outside and perfectly tender on the inside.

Starbucks Copycat Recipes

starbucks cranberry bliss bar with bite taken out

Copycat Starbuck’s Cranberry Bliss Bars
– tender blondie base packed with cranberries, white chocolate and a
hint of spice is topped with a fabulous orange cream cheese frosting and
topped with tart dried cranberries and drizzled with white chocolate.

Texas Roadhouse Copycat Recipes

copycat texas roadhouse rolls stacked on plate

Copycat Texas Roadhouse Rolls are fabulous tender sweet rolls slathered in butter that are perfect enough to be a meal in itself. OK, so I am an admitted carbivore. But these are the most delicious dinner rolls. Perfectly sweet and tender.

Wendy’s Copycat Recipes

wendys chili in bowl

Wendy’s Beef Chili is so thick you can stand a spoon up in it. Now it’s available in your own kitchen with this copycat recipe! It’s packed with beef & beans and is bursting with flavor. The green chiles really give this chili great character, with a little smokiness and a little heat (adjust to your liking). Ready in just 30 minutes, or toss it in the crock pot.

wendys frosty in glasses

Our Homemade Wendys Frosty Recipe is the ultimate copycat recipe, made with just 3 simple ingredients! You can make this shake in minutes, and it tastes just like the real thing!

homemade batch of wendy's honey mustard in red bowl

Wendy’s Honey Mustard Copycat recipe is sweet, mustardy, and perfectly delicious. And now you can enjoy it at home too! A simple recipe that comes together in a snap it is the only honey mustard you will even need.

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    1. I worked for KFC, their coleslaw cabbage mix is delivered in a bag and then there is a gallon carton of whitetish chemical that is poured into the cabbage mixture and then stirred together. But if someone is clever enough they can get the taste right.
      I did find this copycat recipe:

      Servings 24
      Units US

      4 1⁄2 teaspoons tarragon vinegar
      6 1⁄2 tablespoons vegetable oil
      3⁄4 cup chopped onion
      2 1⁄2 cups Miracle Whip
      1 cup sugar
      2 carrots
      2 heads cabbage


      Mix oil, onions and sugar.
      Add tarragon vinegar.
      Fold in Miracle Whip.
      Pour over grated carrots and cabbage.
      Fold in well.
      Refrigerate in an air-tight covered dish.
      Best if made the night before serving.
      The tarragon is the secret seasoning.
      Compare with the real KFC coleslaw.

    2. Ingredients
      Servings 24
      Units US

      4 1⁄2 teaspoons tarragon vinegar
      6 1⁄2 tablespoons vegetable oil
      3⁄4 cup chopped onion
      2 1⁄2 cups Miracle Whip
      1 cup sugar
      2 carrots
      2 heads cabbage


      Mix oil, onions and sugar.
      Add tarragon vinegar.
      Fold in Miracle Whip.
      Pour over grated carrots and cabbage.
      Fold in well.
      Refrigerate in an air-tight covered dish.
      Best if made the night before serving.
      The tarragon is the secret seasoning.
      Compare with the real KFC coleslaw.

    3. Back in the day; I had a cousin that was a mgr. at KFC and they made it from scratch back then. This is a smaller scale recipe of it. 2c mayo,1 c white vinegar,1c sugar, 1 tsp salt, 1/2 tsp black pepper, 1 med onion grated, 2 carrots grated, 2 med heads cabbage chopped sprinkle salt over mixed veggies let sit for 30 min. mix other ingredients together pour over cabbage mixture and mix well. Cover and refridge over night

    4. KFC Gravy Recipe
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      2 cubes beef bouillon
      1/2 cup water
      3 tablespoons butter
      5 tablespoons all-purpose flour, or gluten free all purpose flour
      1 14.5 ounce can chicken broth
      salt and pepper, optional

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      Begin by heating up 1/2 cup water and two bouillon cubes in the microwave for about 2 minutes; stir them to dissolve into the hot water.
      In a medium saucepan, on medium heat, whisk together the dissolved cubes, butter, flour, and chicken broth.
      Continue whisking up until it gets to a low boil to be sure that you get all the lumps out.
      Add additional salt and or pepper to your taste.

  1. OMGosh!
    How wonderful of you to share! I am in LOVE with the Texas Roadhouse rolls! They all are keepers! Thank You!

    1. Crispy Fried Chicken KFC

      • 1 (2 to 3 lbs) cut-up chicken
      • 1 quart water
      • 3 Tbsp salt (for soaking)
      • 1 cup milk
      • 1 egg, beaten
      • 2 cups flour
      • 1 tsp Accent® (MSG)
      • 1 Tbsp salt
      • 1 tsp black pepper
      • Soybean oil (no substitutions) for frying
      NOTE: KFC uses pressure cookers to fry chicken, which is risky to do at home. If you are using a deep fryer, fry a few pieces at a time for about 20 minutes, covered, turning occasionally. Likewise, if pan frying, cook, covered, turning occasionally for about 30 minutes. As always with chicken, check the middle of a large piece to check for doneness. Allow to drain on paper towels when cooking is completed.
      Allow chicken to soak in salted water for 30 minutes.
      Mix egg and milk in a bowl. Mix flour, Accent®, salt and pepper in another bowl. Preheat deep fryer to 350° F, or place 3/4 inch oil in a skillet over medium heat.
      Dry chicken with paper towels. Dredge in flour mixture. Dip into milk-egg mixture, then back into flour mixture. Do this one piece at a time making sure that there is total coverage over entire surface of chicken in each step.

    2. I saw one time, that the 11 herbs and spices was a powdered salad dressing mix. Like good seasons italian, or maybe ranch. Never figured out which one.

    1. Ruby Tuesday Queso Dip Menu Description: "Smooth and spicy cheese dip. Served with unlimited crisp tortilla chips."
      1 tablespoon vegetable oil
      1/4 cup minced red Fresno or red jalapeno pepper (about 3 peppers)
      2 tablespoons minced white onion
      2 tablespoons chopped canned mild green chili
      2/3 cup whole milk
      1/2 cup sour cream
      12 slices American cheese
      1/4 cup La Victoria medium taco sauce
      1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
      1/2 teaspoon chili powder
      1/4 teaspoon salt
      1/4 cup chopped fresh spinach
      Serve with Tortilla chips
      1. Heat 1 tablespoon of oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add red pepper, onion, and canned chile and saute for 5 minutes. Be sure to remove the seeds from the red peppers before you minced them.
      2. Stir in the milk and sour cream. Add American cheese and stir until the cheese is melted.
      3. Add the remaining ingredients, reduce heat to medium/low and cook for 15 minutes, stirring often, until thicker. If the mixture begins to bubble reduce heat.
      4. Spoon Queso dip into a serving bowl and serve with tortilla chips for dipping.
      Makes 2 1/2 cups.

    1. Do you have a recipe for Cracker Barrel's brussel's sprouts and kale salad with maple vinaigrette dressing ?

  2. I would LOVE the recipe for the Red Pepper Slaw from Sweet Tomatoes. Have looked for years; some pepper slaws come close but aren't the same. Thanks!!

    1. Bennigan's Ultimate Baked Potato Soup…

      3 pounds all-purpose potatoes, scrubbed and pierced in several places
      1 tablespoon stick butter or margarine
      1 1/2 cup finely chopped onions
      2 tablespoons minced garlic
      1 can (14 1/2 ounce) chicken broth
      3 cups milk
      1 teaspoons salt
      1/4 teaspoons pepper
      TOPPINGS: shredded cheddar cheese, crumbled bacon & chopped scallions
      Heat oven to 400 degrees. Bake potatoes 1 hour or until tender when pierced. Peel when cool enough to handle. Melt butter in a 4 to 6 quart pot over medium low heat. Stir in onions and garlic, cover and cook 10 minutes until soft, but not brown. Add 2/3 of the potatoes and mash with a potato masher. Add broth, milk, salt and pepper. Bring to a simmer, stirring occasionally. Season to taste before serving. Cut remaining potatoes in small cubes. Add to soup and stir gently to reheat. Sprinkle each serving with toppings.

  3. No No No, on the KFC recipe, yes, it taste good, but it is so bad for you, maybe the slaw is ok, maybe, but the chicken, well maybe if you want a good cleaning out….it's time to ban this place….

    1. I think we can make our own decisions on where and what to eat…we have to have free choice in something since the government (cough*Obama) has already taken some choices from us and wants to take more…it's time to fight for our rights!!! Parents need to control their kids and adults and YAs need go control themselves too we shouldn't gave to have food taken away from us because the government wants to make Americans healthy!!

    2. I don't think anyone has the right to tell use what is and isn't bad for us! Hell they have recalls on spinach and lettuce all the time so there you have it. I'll eat what I want deep fat fryer or not! Breaded or not!

    3. This is AWESOME! I completely agree with ALL the RESPONSES to the Anonymous who wrote the initial comment (June 21st 2015). Well said, and AMEN to that! Let us be adults, responsible parents, and make our OWN decisions!!!

    1. I have a book of recipes that is nothing but restaurant recipes. That are suspose to be as close to the restaurant recipe without having the recipe.

  4. These are wonderful. Thank you so much. Just found your site through Pinterest and have made the Cranberry Apple crockpot Oatmeal recipe today. It was delicious!

    1. If you would like an awesome lobster bisque recipe, check the back label on the Better Than Bouillon brand lobster flavor. You can add lobster, crab or even the fake stuff. It is perfect, especially made with heavy cream rather than milk, which is an option.

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