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Outback vs. Texas Roadhouse

Yay. My first post on the Chains board...(perhaps because Outback is the only chain I go to occasionally). I have a major hankering for steak tonight, and I've always been pretty satisfied with the Outback steaks -- I usually get the Victoria filet -- and up until recently, it was the only 'steakhouse' in town.

A while ago, the Texas Roadhouse opened here, and I was wondering if any of you more seasoned chain veterans have any input. TR seems to be much more expensive... is that a reflection on the quality of steaks?

Muchas gracias, as always.

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  1. IMHO, Outback is both better flavored and more consistent with the quality of their dishes. I've never been a big fan of Texas Roadhouse steaks - whenever I go there, I generally get something other than steak. TR does have a wider variety of things available, I think (chicken, salads, sandwiches etc.).

    1. IMHO Texas is a much better restaurant. Trust me, I tried really hard to be an Outback fan, they're very convenient to me and friends like them, but the last two times I was there my steak was so salty, I could barely eat it. I met a server from there and she recommended that I specifically ask for NO seasonings, which I did the second time. It didn't work...still too much salt. I found Texas and love the atmosphere and have never had a problem with anything ordered.

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      1. re: othervoice

        Well. I ended up at OB, and once again wasn't disappointed. Maybe I have a high tolerance for salt '-). The filet was cooked perfectly -- medium rare, just like buttah. Yumboski. And their baked potato is pretty good, too. Salty, though. I know what you mean.

        1. re: othervoice

          I've not eaten at TR yet, but I'll go out of my way to avoid OB. The problem is just as you have stated, othervoice. But, steering (no pun intended) clear of the steak at OB is a guarantee of nothing. My experience on numerous visits there is that EVERYTHING is oversalted. This is not a dietary issue for me. It's simply a matter of taste.

        2. The Texas Roadhouse here is less expensive and has higher quality steaks than the Outback here. I don't think I've ever had the filet at either place though.

          1. Texas Roadhouse has better steaks and MUCH better side dishes than Outback. The rolls are near perfection and free peanuts! One tip is to get the baked sweet potato as one of the sides so you have a free dessert with the cinnamon and marshmallows. TR beats Outback hands down, especially for the steak.

            1. Texas Roadhouse is MUCH less expensive on everything than Outback.....

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              1. re: mr.entertainment

                Well, according to their online menu, that certainly is not true for their location here. Which is why I chose OB... again. mmmmhmmm, filet.