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outback steakhouse in quincy or bugaboo in braintree?

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Please don't slam me on this but, I need to determine the better of the two as I'm entertaining some "meat and potato" people who love those types of places. Thanks in advance.

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  1. A little out of your element, no? Just kidding of course! It's a dilemma we've all been in. I went to Bugaboo in Watertown once and thought it was decent. I don't remember what my entree was, but the garlic mashed potatoes were pretty awesome. I'm not much of a steakhouse kind of lady though. I went to Outback ages ago and I think I had a negative experience or I have an otherwise irrational bias against it. Also, since Bugaboos are rarer, maybe your guests will perk up at the opportunity to eat their meat and potatoes with slightly different preparation? Good luck.

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    1. re: amygrace

      If I had to choose between those options, I'd choose Bugaboo Creek, since I find Outback waaaay too salty. But I agree with bostogal- my meat and potatoes loving parents were thrilled with Grumpy White's.

    2. Skip them both and go to Grumpy White's in Quincy and get their steak tips....less of a wait. Both Outback and Bugaboo are always so crowded and it isn't worth the wait.

      1. Avoid both those places. Try the Fireplace in Washington Square for an American experience that should also suit meat & potato people.

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        1. re: joebelt

          Sorry, but someone choosing between a location in Quincy or a location in Braintree is unlikely to want to add an additional 30-45 minutes (each way) for traveling to (and finding parking in) Washington Square, Brookline.

        2. I guess the lesser of two evils would be Outback. Bugaboo atmosphere is geared to kids. Both are just EH!

          1. I agree with an earlier poster that Outback's food is so salty that I can barely eat it.

            I actually enjoy the kitschy atmosphere at Bugaboo, and the food is generally decent, so I'd vote for that.

            Also, I've heard from friends who have gone to the Outback in Quincy, that it's not one of their better locations service wise.

            1. I went to the Bugaboo in Braintree. It was so-so. I agree with bostongal and take a look at Grumpy Whites in Quincy. Mulligan's in Braintree Sq is also pretty good pub fare. That might be a good option if they're meat and potato kind of people. (And I have to say their fish and chips were really good too).

              1. I tend to think outback has the better food and service.

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                1. re: joth68

                  I'm an avowed chain-hater, but I must admit that the steaks and service at the Outback in Norwood aren't bad at all. I get dragged there from time to time with my in-laws, and it's the best one I've been to. I'd recommend that whichever one you go to, ask for very light on the seasonings, and get as much as you can "on the side".

                2. Outback in Quincy is the only place I have ever walked out of without paying. Years ago I went with a girlfriend and the food was terrible and we waited for 90 minutes for our check to come before walking out. Go to Fireflys in Quincy or Grumpy Whites as has been suggested.

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                  1. re: ChickenBrocandZiti

                    I have not gone to the Outback in Quincy isince 2001 because it was awful then and I will never go back--lousy food and poor drinks with amatuerish service. Why bother? Go to Bugaboo if you must.
                    I agree Grupmy's would be great for "meat and potatoes" folks. Or you could try Terra Brasilis (sp?) in the center for a real meat extravaganza.