Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Outback Steakhouse - A Review and Giveaway!

**Update**I will be keeping this post at the TOP of my blog until the contest is closed, so scroll down to see newer posts! :)
When was the last time you had a Bloomin' Onion? For me...I cannot even remember! It has been a long time since I even visited the Outback Steakhouse. So, I was really excited when I was asked to visit it during its 20th birthday celebration and write about my experience!

Last night, Grammie, Poppy, Dawson, our two boys and I ventured out to eat at the Outback Steakhouse. It was the first time that we brought our lil' guy out to a restaurant (he is 11 weeks now) and it has been a LONG time since Brady has been out to eat (he is 26 months). So, I was not sure what to expect...but, we were excited to eat out.

We decided to go out to eat during the week and to get there around 5pm, so that we would not have to wait to be seated and that plan worked out well. We were seated right away and we had a great waitress - very friendly, attentive and knowledgeable (she did not know that I would be writing about my experience on my blog).

For an appetizer, a Bloomin' Onion was ordered...how could you go to the Outback without ordering one! Here are some interesting facts about this menu item: Outback has sold more than 133.5 million Bloomin' Onions in the past 20 years and 15 million Bloomin' Onions are sold each year. Before it is "bloomed," each onion is specially grown to be 16 ounces big and 4 inches wide. The Bloomin' Onion remains true to its original recipe: 17 different spices to flavor the onion and an additional 37 spices in the dipping sauce.

Everyone, but me, enjoyed the onion...why did I not eat it??? I had to decline because our lil' guy does not do too well with the gas that onions produce in his body. So, although I would have LOVED to eat some, I decided that I could ask the others what they thought about it...their response...mmm, mmm good! Brady even ate some of it, until the spices got to be too much for him!

I am not a red meat eater, so I ordered the Chicken on the Barbie, and let me tell you - that was SO delicious and moist. YUM! All of their meats are seasoned with 17 spices (not sure what they all are, but they were tasty!), but they are able to tone it down...which is what I asked for.

Dawson ordered a steak and asked for it to be medium-well done...that was described as being pink throughout. Usually when it is ordered that way, it comes out too well done. So, I was interested to see what it would look like. Dawson was pleased with it...pink throughout and was very tender and delicious. He enjoyed my barbeque sauce with it too!

Grammie ordered Alice Springs Chicken and Poppy ordered one of the specials (steak, shrimp and scallops) - they enjoyed their food too. One thing that we all appreciated was that you could substitute in a different side from what was "supposed" to come with your meal, at no extra charge.
I was a little surprised that the kids meal was $4.99 - but when we received it, I thought that the portion was large, so I was "ok" with the price. Brady had chicken fingers and fries - there were three large chicken fingers that came with it and two of them came home with us! His drink also cmae with it, so the price was reasonable.

We really enjoyed our dinner at the Outback and I would go back there again. The service was great, the food was delicious and both of my children were so well behaved - PTL! Brady enjoyed the food and they gave him four crayons and a coloring book to keep him busy too! Our Lil' Guy fell asleep and slept during the whole dinner. It was great!

Although we enjoyed celebrating the Outback's 20th birthday, they did nothing to help celebrate mine. That is the only "disappointment" that I had. My birthday is next week, so we figured that last night was the beginning of the celebration. My Dad told them that we were celebrating my birthday, but they did not do anything special. I went to their website to see if you are able to sign up for a birthday club, but all I found was something to enter your email and "keep in touch." Maybe there is something that they do, but I do not know what it is.

So, if I was to rate my overall experience, I would give it a 9 out of 10. The food was delicious and the service was very good too. I was just disappointed that they do not do anything to make you feel special on your birthday - many other restaurants do that these days.

Now.....to the giveaway. I have a $25 gift card to Outback Steakhouse to give away to one of you readers! Isn't that exciting?! In order to be eligible for this giveaway, please leave a comment here and link back to this post on your blog. (If you are a nonblogger, you are still welcome to leave a comment and be sure to tell your friends about this giveaway!)

This comments will be closed on Monday evening (March 31st) at 9pm. A random number will be chosen and I will announce the winner on Tuesday, April 1st. Please be sure that I am able to contact you in some way if you are chosen to win! Good Luck to all of you!


Thrills said...

I'm first! how exciting is that?!

I love the Outback Steakhouse. We always get a bloomin' onion when we go to (which is rare). Anyhow, I would love to win the gift card.

Melissa said...

My birthday is next week, too (the 31st) so this would be cool....I haven't decided where I want to go to celebrate, but this post made me hungry!!

TCC said...

Ok...I know this means absolutely nothing but I like that I am third and my birthday is on the third (of a completely different month!). Is this a sign? :)

The Gang's All Here! said...

Sign me up - I love, love, love their lamb chops. MMMMMMMMMMM! And I'm so sorry that they didn't acknowledge your b'day. At our local one, they make entirely TOOO big a deal out of b'days, so I steer clear of that place when The Boss takes me out for my b'day. I hate the big fuss - unless it's for someone else, then I'm all over it.

Thanks for doing this - it's very sweet of you :) And glad to know the little guys are doing so well. How are YOU doing with the adjustment and all?

Krazy Klingers said...

I don't have a birthday on the 31st or the 3rd but I do want to enter this fabulous giveaway. I can't even remember the last time I ate at the outback. I always forget we have one because it is tucked away in the strip mall.

Make the Moments Count said...

I'd love to be entered in the giveaway! Thanks to Thrills, I found your blog.

I love Outback, but we rarely get to eat there unfortunately. A gift card would be great incentive to go!

Beautiful Grace said...

I'd take a $25.00 gift certificate. Count me in. :)

Anonymous said...

Wow, how wonderful of you to give this away! I have only been to Outback once. I took my daughter there for dinner when she was studying Australia! :) I enjoyed it and would love to go back. So please count me in!

Sounds like a fun night for ALL of you at the Outback.

Holding It Together said...

I love Outback but haven't been there in ages - you are making me very hungry! I posted about the contest here.

Mocha with Linda said...


Yum. They have the tenderest steaks.

My mouth is just watering.

ihchicky said...

I haven't been there but I would like to go. I am a nonblogger but just happened to stumble upon your site. I will make sure to tell my friends. Happy birthday by the way!

sara said...

Outback is my favorite!!! They have great pick up service too!! You can order the food ONLINE and then go pick it up....very cool! Please enter me in the contest!!

Xandra said...

I usually settle for a Awesome Blossom at Chili's, but now I maight get a chance to have the original! Thanks for hosting this giveaway!


jeanine said...

how exciting! i'd love to win this for two reasons: 1. i've never been to outback and 2. my birthday is tuesday the first! what a great present it would be!

Alicia said...

I almost feel like Jeanine MUST win because the thought of never having ever been to Outback just sounds so sad (can you tell where my priorities are?) But if you draw my name, I'll be happy to find a way to use that gift card!

Rhonda said...

Mmmm. I love steak!!! Please enter me into your draw.

On Fire For Jesus said...

Yeah! Add me in girl. I'm back to posting today. And my first post is about your giveaway!

Anonymous said...

Oh yes please add me in also, I will post on my blog.What a nice gift, thanks for sharing:) God Bless

Anonymous said...

I love Outback! I would love to surprise my preacher man and take him out for a change!


Crystal said...

YUM! About the only way we get treated to go out to eat is if someone takes us or we have a gift card! I'd love to win!

Anonymous said...

This entry is for Stacy who emailed me