Over the years hubby and I have eaten at a number of restaurants. One of the few that we hadn’t dined at is the Outback Steakhouse.
ABOUT OUTBACK STEAKHOUSE
Outback Steakhouse is an Australian themed steakhouse restaurant. Although beef and steak items make up a good portion of the menu, the concept offers a variety of chicken, ribs, seafood, and pasta dishes. The Company’s strategy is to differentiate its restaurants by emphasizing consistently high-quality food and service, generous portions at moderate prices and a casual atmosphere suggestive of the Australian Outback.
We dined at the Outback Steakhouse in Brick, NJ. The atmosphere was casual – hubby and I didn’t feel out of place at all and we were considerably underdressed (he in holy jeans and me in my post surgery glory). The restaurant was busy but there was no wait – we were seated immediately. Menus are kept on the table (I like this, no twiddling your thumbs waiting for a menu) so we were already deciding what we were going to have. Our server Meghan introduced herself within a few minutes. We asked a couple of questions about items on the menu. See, RB is very sensitive to mushrooms and gets violently ill if he eats them. I just don’t like them. Two of the entrees we were considering had mushrooms. Meghan informed us that just about any dish on their menu could be customized any way we liked, including the removal of mushrooms.
We decided to start with the Bloomin’ Onion that both of us had heard so much about.
This is one of the neatest looking appetizers that I’ve ever seen. I don’t know how they do it but it’s cool. Think of golden, crunchy onion rings but in the shape of a blooming flower (or in this case, onion). A spicy sauce is served with it. RB liked the sauce, he said it was lightly spiced and yet cool. I kept mine plain as I am not a fan of spicy things.
RB had the Clam Chowder. I passed on soup as it was about 100 degrees outside, plus I wanted to be sure I had room for my entree. RB described the Clam Chowder as very creamy. He said that it was loaded with the clams, bacon and potatoes the menu mentioned, and that it was one of the best clam chowders he’s ever had.
For his dinner selection hubby chose the Tilapia with Pure Lump Crab Meat. This dish had crab stuffing and pure lump crab meat, and came with steamed mixed vegetables. He enjoyed the dish a lot and said it was equal to the quality of a meal that we’d had at an expensive yacht club. The filet was large and tender. He thought the crabmeat was very generous and tasty. He enjoyed the steamed vegetables, he thought they were nice and crispy instead of rubbery.
I had the Alice Springs Chicken. This dish is grilled chicken topped with slices of bacon and then covered in melted Monterey Jack and Cheddar Cheese. It comes with Aussie Fries. I started with my fries first as I often do, because cold fries suck. The Aussie Fries are seasoned and slightly salty and I loved them! I ate every last one before starting my chicken. The chicken breast was huge, and there wasn’t a bit of it that didn’t have bacon and cheese over the top. I don’t like a super strong grill flavor and I was delighted to find that this chicken was grilled to perfection for me, the grill taste wasn’t overpowering at all.
I would recommend the Outback Steakhouse for anyone interested in a moderately priced, casual restaurant. The food was very good and the portions were generous, and we were able to customize our dishes. We will definitely eat there again in the future.
A gift card covering a portion of our meal was provided free of cost to me for the sole purpose of product testing and review. This review has not been monetarily compensated and is based on the views and opinions of my family and/or self. Please note that the opinions reflected in this post have not been influenced by the sponsor in any way.