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Outback Steakhouse- New Menu Items

I see now that Outback offers "Prime" Ribeye, "Prime" filet, and "Prime" New York strips cuts along with their regular steaks. They are charging ridiculous prices too. They range from 27-32 bucks. I like Outback but havent been there in a really long time. They are definitely one of the better casual chain restaurants for steak but $32 for a steak at outback is kinda nuts. You can go to a top steakhouse and pay $40 for a great steak. What gives them the right to charge so much? Has anyone tried any of these cuts and if so can you really tell a big difference between them and the regular cuts? Really curious about this!!!!

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  1. I'm with you...if I want a prime, and I mean USDA Prime and preferably dry-aged NY strip , I''m not going to Outback. Their Fleming's restaurants maybe, but not Outback.

    1. It seems that Outback is testing the waters to see if it can refine its brand so it can charge premium prices. I'd wager this will be followed by makeovers for some test restaurants to make them look more like a higher-end steakhouse.

      How do they define "Prime?" Is it USDA Prime, or some bogus Outback "Prime" that means nothing, so they can charge more for the same slop?

      1. What gives them the right? The fact that some suckers are willing to pay it.

        1. If your handle is an indication of your goal in life I suggest if you spend $32 in Outback for a steak, you should abdicate.

          There is ABSOLUTELY no way Jfood is spending $32 at Outback for anything short of dinner for my family when there is no other place to eat.

          That being said, for the people who do not have a choice of going elsewhere for a great steak, if they can get a high quality prime steak and enjoy it for $32 then more power to them. In the greater NY area we are fortunate to have many other choices for this price point.

          1. Has anyone had their lamb chops? I live in Chicago - is this a regional thing? Someone told me they were good. and I LOVE a good lamb chop that I don't have to make.

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            1. re: stellamystar

              I have had the lamb chops and yes they are good for a commercial restaurant. They are not the best I have ever eaten but assuming you do not want to spend 6 hours preparing them the right way, it is a very good option.

            2. I've been wanting to find a steakhouse that's somewhere between the outback/longhorns of the world and the "$200 for two" fru-fru steakhouses.

              i don't think a pricer outback is the answer, though. it seems as if it's become the new "western sizzlin" of steaks...just tell me they aren't coating the "prime" steaks w/ their seasoning...

              1. I loathe the Outback.... I think they have subpar food as it is, I cannot imagine spending over $14 on ANYTHING there...

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                1. re: gryphonskeeper

                  The worst meal we ever had anywhere... food was so salty with whatever that crappy seasoning is they put on EVERYTHING.... dinner for 2 cost us over 60 and we don't even drink! Never been back... I have eaten at the steak houses in Boston and if I want a great steak dinner it's Abe/Louies-Flemmings or even the Capital Grille. I don't understand how anyone can say Outback is even close to being a great steakhouse... I think Micky Ds would serve a better steak than OB.

                  1. re: MeffaBabe

                    Welcome to the club. If the idea of a franchise is to have consistent service, Outback has it.

                    http://www.chowhound.com/topics/33695...

                    1. re: monkeyrotica

                      For that kind of money I can go to the H.E.B.Grocery Store here in town and buy 4 steaks for 8 or 9 dollars each.These are the H.E.B.Naturals or angus steaks,.H.E.B. Naturals are beef and other meat that are raised without hormones,etc.
                      Those of you from Texas know who they are.They even have a listing in Wickpedia.The name stands for Herman E.Butt,the founder and they started in Kerrville,Tx in 1911.They are even into Mexico and have H.E.B. Plus,their version of Walmart here in San Antonio.
                      That's too much money to pay anyone for a steak,whether it is Out Back,Morton's Fleming's or any body else.