Wednesday, June 01, 2011

Outback Steakhouse Lake Worth, Fl

Another evening out to eat.

Last night, we decided on going to Outback for dinner. We got a little apprehensive as we were pulling into the parking lot as it seemed very full and thought we might be in for a wait. We managed to snag a spot close to the door which is not an inconsequential consideration when you've got a pregnant wifey and a two year old. It was actually a very nice surprise as we walked in and were seated right away. Our hostess also was able to give us both a booster seat and a high chair for the little guy which was appreciated. Sometimes he likes to sit with the "grown ups" and sometimes he needs to be in the highchair.

The food overall was good, the wifey ordered the new Teriyaki Fillet Medallions cooked medium which also comes with a flavored rice and green beans. I tried some of hers and the filet's were melt-in-your-mouth tender and had a very nice Teriyaki "twang" flavor that didn't over power the flavor of the meat. She said that both the rice and green beans were also really flavorful and that this is a meal she would order again.

I had the old school "Outback Special" the 12oz Sirloin cooked medium rare with a double order of the mashed potatoes. The steak was seasoned well and had that signature Outback flavor, In the future I'll need to remember to order the steak cooked medium as I'd forgot how thick of a cut of meat it is and ordering it medium rare leaves the center a little underdone, but still edible. The potatoes were average, I think they would have been really great if Outback had some sort of "gravy option" to add to it, unfortunately you can only get the regular garlic mashed potatoes.

Our little guy got a cheese burger from the kids meal, which was much larger than I thought I'd be, he only manged to eat about 1/3'rd of it before he was full.

The service we received was surprisingly good, our waitress was friendly and took our orders and any requests and took care of them quickly. The only thing I would have to say is that it seemed like it took a little while for the kitchen to get the food out. However, having a hungry toddler and wife probably added to that perception.

All in all, we were happy with our choice to go to the Outback. It was a pleasant night with no problems or complaints. Which sometimes seems like a rare occurrence. Another nice thing is that there were several families with little ones having dinner at the same time. Which, if you don't want to go out and occasionally hear a little one being loud, may not be a good thing. But for families with youngsters who just need a night out, its reassuring to know that you're not "disturbing" most of the other diners, or at least you're not the only one doing it.

Service: A
Portion Size: B
Food: A

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