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Re:Outback Steakhouse 2010/12/28 20:48:57 (permalink)
But also on the other hand they grew up in Bryan ,TX.
Damian created that recipe.
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Re:Outback Steakhouse 2010/12/29 12:08:41 (permalink)
IMOP Outback is one of the best "chain" restaurants. They are reasonably priced, fairly consistent and good service. What more could you want. As for the spice factor on their steaks; ask for no seasoning which is what I do. To me, their coconut fried shrimp is the best around.
 
Also, I just have to rant - since we are in the Fast Food and Non-Roadfood Chains sections, why do people have to say things like "why would you eat at a chain restaurant anyway" or make fun of them. This section is for the purpose of those who have eaten or eat at NRCs and for that purpose only. Even if I have never eaten FF or NRCs (which I doubt anybody hasn't at sometime in their lives) would I criticize those who do. Please lets show some respect for those who post a legitimate question or comment.
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Re:Outback Steakhouse 2010/12/29 13:17:43 (permalink)
Sassy,
I agree 100%. While I hate seeing 'McRib' posts in the BBQ section, THIS forum is the right place for discussion of the chains and FF that doesn't 'qualify' for the basic RF discussion....and there is room in the restaurant world for these places as well. If someone is willing to drive a long way out of their way to get to a 'special RF place' that's great...We have done it countless times. However we have also found ourselves at an OutBack after 500 miles of freeway driving in a day, tired and hungry and next door to our motel. We have been quite happy with that stop as well.
  I don't pretend to understand the folks who rave about Hot Dogs, or Pizza, but I don't bad mouth their choices. To Each his/her own !!
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Re:Outback Steakhouse 2010/12/29 14:15:08 (permalink)
Thanks Mayor Al for your support.
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Re:Outback Steakhouse 2010/12/29 14:15:44 (permalink)
Thanks Mayor Al for your support.
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Re:Outback Steakhouse 2010/12/29 14:37:35 (permalink)
SassyGritsAL

IMOP Outback is one of the best "chain" restaurants. They are reasonably priced, fairly consistent and good service. What more could you want. As for the spice factor on their steaks; ask for no seasoning which is what I do. To me, their coconut fried shrimp is the best around.

Also, I just have to rant - since we are in the Fast Food and Non-Roadfood Chains sections, why do people have to say things like "why would you eat at a chain restaurant anyway" or make fun of them. This section is for the purpose of those who have eaten or eat at NRCs and for that purpose only. Even if I have never eaten FF or NRCs (which I doubt anybody hasn't at sometime in their lives) would I criticize those who do. Please lets show some respect for those who post a legitimate question or comment.

Thank you for the rant! 
We eat at many 'chain' restaurants, whether it's here or while traveling.   Most of the time it's knowing what to expect on their menus versus a greasy spoon type of place.
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Re:Outback Steakhouse 2010/12/29 14:51:05 (permalink)
 
I have been subjected to a few Outback steaks ... and, for lack of a better word, the steaks always seem "powdery" to me ... kind of dry, no matter how rare they make them.  
 
Frozen ???   Chemical treatment ???
 
I'd rather go out and have a real steak someplace.
 
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Re:Outback Steakhouse 2010/12/29 17:35:50 (permalink)
Gregg,
     In recent years they have added a 'Char' seasoning, which tastes to me like a black pepper based, charcoal-like substance. The few times we have ordered steak at Outback (see my comments on the Lamb, above) we have been very disappointed with this seasoning. We have learned to ask that it be TOTALLY left off any beef we do order, as the staff apparently doesn't know  what "lightly-seasoned" could possibly mean. I stay with the Lamb, or as Sundancer mentioned, Halibut and Swordfish from the grill is good also.
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Re:Outback Steakhouse 2010/12/29 17:39:34 (permalink)
I think, based upon the opinions of my friends who are more well-travelled than I, that I have a candidate for best Roadfood chain steak house.
 
Doe's Eats
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Re:Outback Steakhouse 2010/12/29 17:46:59 (permalink)
I agree that Doe's is top notch, but despite it having several outlets now it sure is hard for me to consider it a chain ( in the usual use of the chain descriptor!.)
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Re:Outback Steakhouse 2010/12/29 18:56:47 (permalink)
I am glad this thread started.  I have now decided that I am going with Iwanago to the Outback on New Years Eve.  I hope they have the halibut and steam veggies available.  If not, I will get as Al suggested the lamb.  Last choice would be the porterhouse.
 
I also like the blooming onion with their sauce.
 
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Re:Outback Steakhouse 2010/12/29 21:26:27 (permalink)
A few weeks ago I took the family out to an Outback Steakhouse for dinner.  I haven't been to one in years.  I had a steak (sirloin) and my wife had the salmon.  We were both pleasantly surprised.  I had given up on OB a number of years ago because of poor food quality and lack of attention to detail (another location in my area closed in the last few years), but this time around, at least, it was pretty good.  I would still prefer a true steak restaurant, though.
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Re:Outback Steakhouse 2010/12/29 21:36:03 (permalink)
As in any industry, you can have one to how many family owned and operated. But once you sell that 1st franchise, you are a chain.
On the other hand, Olive Garden does not have a franchise anywhere to my knowledge. Are they a Chain.
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Re:Outback Steakhouse 2010/12/30 12:04:45 (permalink)
Unfortunetly we don't have a Doe's nearby - wish we did.
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Re:Outback Steakhouse 2010/12/30 12:34:58 (permalink)
Olive Garden is definitely a chain.
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Re:Outback Steakhouse 2011/01/01 12:19:56 (permalink)
Mayor Al,
I agree with you about the rack of lamb.  I love lamb, but it is hard to find at a medium priced restaurant.  One other thing I like about our local Outback is that that offer to-your-car takeout.  We live 5 minutes from Outback & it is great to call in your order, pick it up & be eating in 5-10 minutes.
 
Another midwest chain that has a great rack of lamb is Bravo's.  We have Bravo's in Indy & I know they are also located in Columbus, OH.
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Re:Outback Steakhouse 2011/01/01 14:47:46 (permalink)
Charlie Brown's, a small chain in the New York/New Jersey area (and currently smaller, as it went into reorganization, although the ones that are still open seem to be OK), generally has rack of lamb for about $20 or so. And they always seem to be having for people on their mailing list a $10 off on 2 entrees coupon.
 
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Re:Outback Steakhouse 2011/01/01 23:18:26 (permalink)
Simple answer - NO
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Re:Outback Steakhouse 2011/01/02 22:44:09 (permalink)
Never been there. Should I???
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Re:Outback Steakhouse 2011/01/03 14:10:29 (permalink)
Stricken'... Don't expect "Mortens, or Ruth Chris"...but you can expect a small step above the various 'Roadhouse' Chains.
As I said I like the Lamb Ribs...and I do order the ribeye now and then (minus the pepper seasoning they grill onto the meat) The French Onion Soup is good and the black bread served with the meal is very good as well. Both Sundancer and I like the grilled fish- Halibut or Swordfish, but we are old farts and may have different priorities and tastes from yours. I have never done a Porterhouse at Outback, I have seen them and they look OK, but I prefer to order from the less expensive items.
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Re:Outback Steakhouse 2011/01/03 17:23:46 (permalink)
stricken_detective

Never been there. Should I???

There are a number of reasons it's very successful, Not the least of which is the food and service are damn good and the prices are really reasonable, IMHO!

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Re:Outback Steakhouse 2011/01/03 17:24:13 (permalink)
stricken_detective

Never been there. Should I???

There are a number of reasons it's very successful, Not the least of which is the food and service are damn good and the prices are really reasonable, IMHO!

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Re:Outback Steakhouse 2011/01/03 18:28:36 (permalink)
If  our family wants an inexpensive  steak,  we  elect to  go  to  Longhorm   Steakhouse.    The  shrimp  appetizer is  wonderful and  the  sides  for the  steaks  are  great.
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Re:Outback Steakhouse 2011/01/03 20:19:00 (permalink)
Longhorn is 10 steps above Outback.
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Re:Outback Steakhouse 2011/01/03 20:27:11 (permalink)
To each, His/Her Own.
Without any ire intended, I put Longhorn in the same group as the various Roadhouse chains..and that is just a bit below Outback.  I think it is a matter of menu choice and quality of the service at our local stores for all of the moderate chain restaurants. All of these do rate higher than Red Lobster and Olive Garden in our book...and way above the Applebee's, O'Charely's, etc. microwave experience.
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Re:Outback Steakhouse 2011/01/03 20:50:14 (permalink)
Longhorn has always given me a good steak...outback is good also, just too salty!!
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Re:Outback Steakhouse 2011/01/04 11:10:19 (permalink)
I ate at a Longhorn recently, I don't like to disagree, BUT, had a cup of Chili, on a 10 scale it was a 3. If the Steak sandwich looked anything lige the menu picture of it, I was in for a treat, It didn't, had maybe 4 ozs. of decent steak on a 6 inch steak roll, but it was a flimsy sandwich and the "seasoned fries" that came with it had zero seasoning. That said, some guy accross from us got a dessert that looked amazing.
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Re:Outback Steakhouse 2011/01/06 23:55:39 (permalink)
Not a fan of Outback, steaks are WAY too salty for me.
 
IMO, the best chains in New England are Bertucci's and Sal's Pizza.
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Re:Outback Steakhouse 2011/01/14 15:51:20 (permalink)
I like Outback's steaks better than Longhorn's.  Longhorn's to me taste ordinary, Outback's are juicy...you just gotta find a good location with a good cook.   I used to work at Outback so I know all the steaks.  The two best steaks to me are the Prime Rib and the Ribeye.  Make sure to ask them for Prime Rib Season and Seared, that's the only steak they won't S&S automatically.
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Re:Outback Steakhouse 2011/01/14 17:18:40 (permalink)
The Ceasar salad at Outback is exceptional for a chain, IMHO!
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