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Old 07-17-2012, 08:35 AM   #1
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Tried Outback Steakhouse

While in Kentwood, MI (south side of Grand Rapids), visiting two of the most beautiful grand-daughters on the planet, DW & I went to the local Outback Steakhouse. I have never been treated better by the serving staff, or had a better rib-eye, cooked perfectly over flame, from a restaurant. DW had a pan-seared fillet. Now I know that I probably should have tried something that I can't make at home. That's what I usually do when eating out. But i was hungry for steak, and this one didn't dissapoint. My only complaint, no bone. I love, love, love a good bone-in rib eye, cooked over flaming-hot embers.

The sweet potato side dish had a bit too much honey on it though. But the steamed green beans were as fresh as they come, and cooked perfectly as well. Over all, I was impressed. I would go again, and try something else from their menu, if we had one close enough to go to.

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Old 07-17-2012, 08:42 AM   #2
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It is always a pleasure to go to a restaurant, and have the food be as good as they claim it to be. Like you, I would have to travel a ways to get to an Outback Steakhouse. The town down the road is trying to lure businesses to their area. Outback is on the list, according to the local paper. Who knows? Maybe we will get lucky!
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Old 07-17-2012, 09:36 AM   #3
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What no mention of the blooming onion???
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Old 07-17-2012, 10:18 AM   #4
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Last time we went to Outback, my wife ordered the French Onion
soup. Smelled like a well used tennis shoe, but she assured me
it tasted great! ;)
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Old 07-17-2012, 10:32 AM   #5
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Some of their dishes are too salty for our taste.
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Old 07-17-2012, 10:37 AM   #6
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There is nothing wrong in ordering something you can easily make at home when you go out. Sometimes it's nice to eat your favorite thing made by someone else. I'm glad you enjoyed it. We have an Outback just around the corner and a Texas Roadhouse just around the other corner. Both are great places to eat. DH loves the blooming onion/onion blossom at either place.
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Old 07-17-2012, 11:10 AM   #7
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I guess Outback varies a lot. We had one about 5 km from my house. We went. The steak was nothing special, the vegis were boring. The service was "meh" and it was overpriced. We never went again. They lasted about 5 years.
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Old 07-17-2012, 11:22 AM   #8
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Pretty good timing, Chief. Glenn and I had dinner at our area Outback last night. We had the wood-fired porterhouse steaks. Super delicious and both done perfectly. I like mine with the "moo" slapped out and Glenn prefers his a bit more done. All our sides were delicious, too. I had the mixed veggies, which were snow peas, carrots, broccoli and yellow squash. All the vegetables were cooked exactly as they should have been...al dente. The snow peas were so tender and sweet I could've made a meal of them. Not. Not when there's beef around.

The service was impeccable and our experience was flawless. The restaurant was packed and the staff really hustled. They clearly knew their jobs and did them well.
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We went to an Outback about a month ago and the food was 100% atrocious.

The service was very friendly but quite slow.
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Old 07-17-2012, 04:18 PM   #10
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glad you enjoyed it, chief. you deserve a good meal out.

outbacks here are hit and miss. sometimes good, often average or bad.

dw's friend's husband goes to an outback (do they have "oatback steakhouse" in canada?) almost every week just for the bloomin' onion. he proceeds to eat the entire thing by himself, just as an appetizer!

it's something like 2000 calories by itself, before you add dipping sauces. he gets extra sauces, of course.
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