We used to enjoy Outback as little as 5 years ago. My wife would order prime rib and I'd usually get the babyback/bbq chicken combo. Haven't been back until the other night. Is it our memory or have things really changed?
They apparently no longer offer their bbq chicken combo'ed with ribs but now you get it with a chicken breast drowned in mushrooms and cheese? My wife ordered a rib-eye medium and found it almost inedible. Very small portion and more fat than most ribeyes we'd buy at our local market. The baked potatoes are still good, but now about half the size we remembered.
I'm assuming that portion size is an adjustment they've made to maintain reasonable pricing, and I don't disagree in principle. But I'd rather have just a bbq chicken breast (the original way) than the glop with the cheese all over it. And changing portion and quality at the same time has lost me as a customer.
Was this just an off visit or is Outback really only "a shadow of it's former self"? At least the draft beers were good.
I really CAN make a MUCH better meal for less than half the price at home. Except for the prep time, it's a no brainer.