Outback Steakhouse was my original Go-To Restaurant

Outback Steakhouse Alice Springs Chicken

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).

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

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 that their fountain Coke is one of the best I’ve ever tasted, second only to McDonald’s. However, I noticed that 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 a minimum of once a week. 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 onion bloom sauce.

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

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. That’s not a term 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 give a shout-out to the Alice Springs Chicken Quesadilla. It was available in a full or half portion, and it tasted just like an Alice Springs Chicken in quesadilla form, hence the name; pretty nifty, huh?

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