I ventured out the other night to celebrate a friend's birthday, and we went to Outback Steakhouse in Sanford. I've eaten here and at a number of other Outback's over the years and have always had a decent meal. Tonight was a repeat performance.
First, they were running a special--AAA members get a free bloomin' onion. How could I resist that? I will say it was a tad overcooked, or maybe the oil was near the end of its life. It tasted OK, and the remoulade is always good, but it was just OK, nothing special. The bread was good as always--nice and dark, warm and flavorful. Likewise with the salads, they were very good, typical salads. My dressing was a tomato based, french-like dressing. It was good.
For my entree, I had the Shrimp en Fuego. I did lament the fact that they no longer had Boomerang Shrimp on the menu, and our waiter offered that they could make that for me. I debated a moment, and appreciated the offer, but decided to try the Shrimp en Fuego anyway. It was pretty darned good. The veggies, haricot verts, were excellent, not overcooked, nice and crispy and quite tasty. The shrimp were fried and in a cream sauce with mushrooms and tomatoes and very tasty, served with a bit of baked potato. It was quite good, though not the outstanding shrimp I've had with the boomerang shrimp. Still, it was quite good--I'd order it again.
My friend had the prime rib, medium rare. It appeared to be perfectly cooked though he did find it a bit stringy, but still tasty. He took the leftovers home, always a good sign.
Another good meal at Outback, for sure. I find them to be very consistent in good food and good service. Perhaps a bit on the pricey side, but you do get what you pay for, and I'd consider them a value. Our meal without a generous tip came to about $53 (and remember, there was a free Bloomin' Onion) and included a large Foster's (beer). All in all, another good dining experience at Outback Steakhouse