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Sep 2, 2008 09:57 AM

Outback Steakhouse **** out of ***** [DFW]

If you want to eat out for steak every day but don't want to break your back working O.T. to pay for it, then Outback Steakhouse $9.99 steak meal deal is where it's at....

The bread was freshly baked and hot. The butter was really creamy. The vegetables was good. The sweet potatoes were whole, not the mashed junk mixed with flour lesser places serve. The steak was a 6 oz sirloin. It was a bit tough, which is expected with sirloin. However, I ordered it rare, so it was O.K.

They had cozy booths in a traditional dining room decorated with "Australian" stuff.

The door girl actually opened the door for me, which is rare in anything other than a 5 star restaurant. They didn't have a team of waiter/assistant waiter/busboy waiting on me like at Fearing's but the one waiter never let me wait for anything. He was FAST and attentive, always checking on me (I gave him an extra big tip). He was just as good as a team of waiters.

You might be surprised at the 4 star recommendation, especially when Mercury Grill and Fearing's got 5 stars. What's up with that! I don't rate based on quality alone. I rate based on VALUE. For example, if I were to get a Papa John's Pizza for $1 with great service in a great atmosphere, I would give it 4 stars. However, if I were to get the same pizza for $50, I would probably deduct a star or two. In today's economy where oil/gas prices are pinching everyone's wallet, you might be surprised to find that VALUE is most important. If I pay $50 for my meal, I better get $50 worth of food and not a dollar less. It is just plain stupid to pay $10 for a McDonald's hamburger in a fancy joint. That fancy joint better serve me a hamburger that is 10 times better than a McDonald's dollar menu burger. If not, then they would get deducted a star or two. If I got more than what I paid for, I'll add a star or two to the rating. That said, Outback Steakhouse is an excellent value and I'll return nearly daily for meals there until the promotion runs out. I never cook and usually eat out at the same restaurant daily after I've sniffed out another great promotional deal. I usually only eat at expensive classy places once a week as a treat. My weekly rotation is now Lawry's, Mercury Grill, and Fearing's. My daily rotation is Outback Steakhouse and First Chinese Barbecue. If you guys like my reviews, then I invite you to thank me by returning the favor by writing detailed reviews of your favorite VALUE restaurants. I give Outback Steakhouse of Addison 4 out of 5 stars.

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  1. Glad you had a good experience. Give me a McDonald's double cheese off the dollar menu any day over my last (and I do mean last) meal at Outback, where I wasted two hours and ended up with a charred entree that the server informed me "that's just the bacon, it''s supposed to look like that." Yeah, the manager comped it, but it certainly wasn't worth the aggravation. As I said recently on another thread, evidently consistency is fading at the chains, the only quality that made them worthwhile in the first place.

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    1. re: Emm

      Yeah, I'm with you. I'd much rather have a double w/cheese at McDs than eat at Outback. I'd give Outback about 1.5 out 5 stars for value, but I'd never order the particular sirloin special you had--way, way, way too chewy for me (and I love my meat rare). I've had prime rib and a couple of the shrimp dishes at Outback and all were not memorable. I'm definitely not a fan of the big corporate decor. I'm also pretty sure most mid to low level chains have someone open the door for you--I've seen it at Chili's, Cheesecake Factory, and some other places.

      1. re: pollymerase

        I'm willing to try that special if they have it in my area. McDonald's double cheeseburgers are disgusting, whether they cost a dollar or a dime.

        1. re: James Cristinian

          But those McD's cheeseburgers sure help that hangover tummy!

        2. re: pollymerase

          I said in my review that the sirloin was "a bit tough" and "o.k." I went back again today for lunch and it was much better, to my pleasant surprise. Today, it was good, which is better than o.k. The edge was still "a bit tough," but the center was soft and juicy. Flavorful juices just burst out of the steak. Wow!

          My first experience at Outback last time was on Labor Day, so maybe their apprentice chef was working that day. Today's meal and waiter was much better. The waiter today even suggested that I order an off-menu item for my side dish, grilled veggies. The menu only had steamed veggies on it. The grilled veggies tasted marinaded and smelled smoky.

          They also fresh bake their bread on premises even though this is a chain restaurant! Wow! I am going back tomorrow....

      2. In reading these boards, I think your meal depends on which location you choose. I have been to one several times in Baltimore that has absolutely delicious rare sirloin, excellent green beans and potatoes...but another in Florida was just horrible.
        PS...I LOVE McD's double cheeseburgers, so there you have it.

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        1. re: crosby_p

          I'm with you crosby - it really depends on which Outback. We consistently get a phenominal meal at one location. Tonight we tried a new location and again, this one fantastic - everything!!! They have a new rub for the rib eye, OMG perfectly cooked too (med rare), juicy juicy juicy - awesome flavors. We like some of the new items too, ahi tuna has been great every time I order it. I'm one who's alway raving about Outback. To get that nice a piece of meat and at that price - I'm very happy!!!

          Twice we have been to another location near us - blahhhh!!! "Is this the same restaurant?"

        2. I haven't eaten at the DFW outback, but at both of the ones in Tulsa. Never had a meal there I regretted. Always good service and good value for the money spent imho.

          1. Any restaurant with 1300+ locations and serving $4B per year in meals is bound to make a mistake every now and then. People are a huge cog in the wheel that makes a restaurant work, and people have good days and bad days. That said Outback is my favorite restaurant "chain". I travel almost every week and can report remarkable consistency from location to location nationwide.

            The recent introduction of the $9.99 meal deal was a pleasant and welcome surprise. If you haven't tried it, try the broccoli with lobster butter as one of your two sides (yum). Rich, add very bad for you, but better than the steak.

            1. I have eaten at Outbacks in very different locations (Indiana and Maryland) and both times I had great service (super friendly) and pretty good food. It's not high cuisine, but I was surprised that the steaks and ribs were pretty edible and I liked the chicken wings.

              It's been a few years since I last went to one though. Things could have gone downhill.

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              1. re: Avalondaughter

                I don't seek out Outback, but people I know like it and drag me there. So when I go to Outback, I only get the Outback Special steak. It's a good piece of meat for the price. I do like their house salad and bread. I think I tried the hamburger once and it was just awful. So I stick with what I know is good and ask for it the same way and I never have a problem with it.

                The one issue with Outback has always been under/over cooking. Once you figure out the correct term for how you like your steak, you are golden. I do medium well (which is really a cool medium).