Outback Steakhouse was my Original Go-To Restaurant

I’ve had a love/hate relationship with Outback Steakhouse for years. In the 1990s, Outback was it for me. I loved the Aussie Cheese Fries (fries topped with cheese & bacon and served with a side of ranch), the Bloomin’ Onion (deep-fried onions petals with a side of a spicy-ish sauce), No Rules Burger, and Alice Springs Chicken (grilled breast of chicken topped with bacon, cheese, and honey mustard sauce).

If you’d like the original Outback Steakhouse Honey Mustard recipe, here it is.

There’s also a sister restaurant, the Aussie Grill, you might want to visit.

Outback Steakhouse Aussie Cheese Fries
Aussie Cheese Fries
Outback Steakhouse Bloomin' Onion
Bloomin’ Onion
Outback Steakhouse Alice Springs Chicken
Alice Springs Chicken

I still think their fountain Coke is one of the best I’ve ever tasted, second only to McDonald’s. However, I noticed it wasn’t the same over the years anymore. The quality and quantity of food declined while the prices steadily rose.

Outback Steakhouse Neon Sign in Miami, Florida
Outback Steakhouse Neon Sign in Miami, Florida, pic taken in 2009

I had not eaten at Outback in probably three years when I used to go there at least once a week. So, of course, my mind was set on giving Outback Steakhouse another shot.

So I tricked my wife Marcela into going with me. Well, trick is a relative term; she was shopping for Halloween decorations at a store near the Outback.

Outback Bloomin’ Burger

Outback Steakhouse Bloomin' Burger
Outback Steakhouse Bloomin’ Burger

This time, I ordered the Bloomin’ Burger. This beauty is a half-pound burger topped with Bloomin’ Onion petals, American cheese, lettuce, tomato, house-made pickles, onion, and bloom sauce.

The beef tastes excellent, but this combo with their iconic onion petals and sauce isn’t for everyone. However, this might be your choice if you’re trying to save a few bucks by skipping out on the appetizer

You might be better off ordering their Outback Burger, which allows you to add your preferred toppings.

Outback Steakhouse Potato Soup
Potato Soup

We shared a potato soup, yes, I said. Share…now that’s not a word that comes up often on Burger Beast.

Marcela enjoyed her Queensland Chicken & Shrimp Pasta, which we did not share.

Outback Steakhouse Queensland Chicken & Shrimp Pasta
Queensland Chicken & Shrimp Pasta

Everything was like I remembered it, excellent friendly service with great-tasting food. I almost forgot to mention the warm bread with sweet cream butter (at no extra cost) when you dine in; oh, so good.

Outback Steakhouse Food Hall of Fame

Outback Steakhouse  Alice Springs Chicken Quesadilla
Alice Springs Chicken Quesadilla

It’s no longer around, but I wanted to shout out to the Alice Springs Chicken Quesadilla. It was available in a full or half portion and tasted like an Alice Springs Chicken in quesadilla form, hence the name; pretty nifty, huh?

Recent Visit to Outback

4 thoughts on “Outback Steakhouse was my Original Go-To Restaurant”

  1. Outback and Aussie Grill have the best beef and bun combo I have ever tasted. I have tried many local restaurants and famous fast food chains. Nothing does it for me like Outback and Aussie Grill, not even Red Robin which is good. For literally every other restaurant besides those two Outback brand ones, I can get a satisfying burger cooked at home but when I am craving Outback or Aussie Grill, home cooked burgers just don’t do it for me. I’d love to find beef and buns that I can cook at home that taste like Outback and Aussie Grill.


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