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twodales Jun 17, 2005 06:05 PM

We have to go to Outback for a family thing. (
The man-of-honor's choice.) Is there anything we should order or avoid?

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    Chimayo Joe RE: twodales Jun 17, 2005 06:23 PM

    Their pork chops are consistently pretty good. I've had decent and horrible steak there. Their burgers aren't bad, but the fries that come with them aren't so good. I like their coconut shrimp appetizer okay.

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      Nancy Berry RE: Chimayo Joe Jun 17, 2005 09:13 PM

      The rack of lamb is also pretty good, but I'd order the pork chops. The caesar salad is better than the regular salad, but both are too salty. Ask for the dressing on the side.

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        Mister Big RE: Chimayo Joe Jun 17, 2005 09:21 PM

        Outback oversalts everything. Their fries are quite good if you get them "unseasoned".

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        StriperGuy RE: twodales Jun 17, 2005 11:02 PM

        Avoid the restaurant... food sucks pretty much across the board.

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          SuzyInChains RE: StriperGuy Jun 18, 2005 09:14 PM

          Which specific items did you have that "sucked"? They seem to have a reasonably sized menu, so I was just wondering how many of them did it take for you to reach this conclusion and write off the entire menu?

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          sbp RE: twodales Jun 17, 2005 11:22 PM

          I hear ya. Pork chops are good. Stay away from the salads -- they are pretty much bowls of croutons and cheese adorned with a few pieces of lettuce.

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            Janet RE: twodales Jun 18, 2005 09:11 AM

            When my stepdaughter was in high school, Outback was her favorite place, so I became pretty adept at going there. I like the salmon and the cheeseburger. If you get a steak, I recommend asking them to leave off their "seasoning" as it's pretty dreadful and salty. I do love their cheese fries without apology. I think the blooming onion is very overrated.

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              SF-Glen RE: Janet Jun 18, 2005 02:55 PM

              Do not get the Blooming Onion. It has enough calories and saturated fat for a family of four for a week. Probably the most unhealthing thing you can order in any chain restaurant.

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                John Seberg RE: Janet Jun 18, 2005 07:53 PM

                I regularly had a meal of grilled Salmon and steamed veggies at Outback in my previous hometown of Canton, MI. Canton was "chain city", and Outback was pretty much the only place I would go besides a local Thai place. I am a person that believes most restaurants ruin fish of any kind, but, I could not complain about Outback. It was always reasonably fresh and never overcooked.

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                Dan RE: twodales Jun 24, 2005 12:46 PM

                I had vegatables as a side, and they were really undercooked. Also, I tried a friend's prime rib - way too much seasoning. Good luck. Eat before you go and get something small so you don't have to waste your money.

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                  Midlife RE: twodales Jun 24, 2005 02:49 PM

                  I guess it's possible that their food varies across the country, but but I find their chicken to be quite good. And the baby backs I'd think would be OK for non-purists.

                  Apparently I should now duck in anticipation of responses, but I also find Claim Jumper to be pretty much acceptable.... so I'm OK with it.

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