Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Follow a Cow Path to Dine at Outback

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Follow a Cow Path to Dine at Outback

Article excerpt

When you take a culinary journey to the place where the 'roo

and the wallaby roam, just follow the cows if you want to stay

out of trouble.

Outback Steakhouse in Mandarin does a great job for beef buffs,

but when you wander off the cattle trail, you're into the bush

and taking your chances.

Outback is where the beef is, in large servings, lean, juicy

and very good. It may be an Australian-themed restaurant, but

when it comes to beef, it's all-American.

My dining companion and I nibbled on the fantastic Bloomin'

Onion appetizer ($4.95) until we had to beg the waiter to take

about a fourth of it away for fear we would have no room for

anything else. It's like eating peanuts. You can't stop

yourself, and one of those Bloomin' Onions is enough appetizer

for six.

To make matters worse for the belt-line, but better for the

tastebuds, they served a hot loaf of dark bread with butter. We

could have gone home after the onion and the bread and been

perfectly satisfied. But of course, we didn't.

My dining companion ordered The Outback Special, a 12ounce,

seasoned, center-cut sirloin for $11.45. With that, she was

served a large Caesar salad, with big, crispy garlic-laced

croutons and a home-made dressing that was tasty, but just

slightly salty.

The steak was about 2 inches thick and we found not an ounce of

fat on it. Ordered medium, it was perfectly done, pink, juicy

and as tender as a sirloin can be. It was what you'd expect from

a good steakhouse.

She also had a large baked potato with the works on it, another

winner.

My order wasn't so successful.

I ordered the Brisbane Shrimp Saute $9.95 and wished I'd

ordered a steak. Fortunately, my dining companion had eaten

enough of that onion that I was able to share a few bites of her

sirloin. …

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