Had dinner at Outback this evening and was more than satisfied. I'm a huge fan of great steaks, but can't afford to go to Peter Luger, Bobby Van's or Morton' too often. So tonight I had a $25 gift card and a friend offering to take me to dinner so we hit up Outback. It's been at least two years since I've been and wasn't sure what to expect. I remember my last visit being a little off.
So we ordered some beers and perused the menu. I will say this about the menu. It's daunting when you see the calories next to some of the appetizers (1966 for the Blooming Onion). We went with the Coconut Shrimp. Sure it's probably not fresh, but honestly, they are tasty and the dipping sauce is nice. Great? No, but not bad. Our service was great, but I do have to say our waitress did mess up my order. I ordered a 22oz rib eye, but was given the 22oz porterhouse. As I mentioned on Facebook, when this is the worst thing to happen in your day, it's a good day. The steak was perfectly cooked, medium rare. The mashed potatoes were seasoned perfectly and the sauteed mushrooms were delicious. Swimming in their own juices, it made a wonderful sauce for the steak.
A little pricier than most chains, but the steak was truly wonderful. The same size and quality steak would cost double at a high end steak house. And yes, i have had worse at very high end steak houses. Glad I went back.