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I think I've reached the point where I dread eating at chain restaurants. Compared to well run, local restaurants run by real chef, for just few dollars more you can get such a better, fresher meal by choosing an independent restaurant over a chain.

We recently were traveling in the Manchester, NH area and needed to get some food before an hour long car ride home. First we tried Bugaboo Creek which was strangely closed on a Saturday night. Maybe they were remodeling or maybe they went out of business. Next we tried Carrabas but they had a seventy minute wait and it was almost 7 pm. So finally we spied an Outback and got in after about a 15 minute wait.

The interior was nice, we checked out the wall with their display of "17 original spices" and noted that three of them were various salts. This probably should have been a warning. Sitting down we noticed a greasy spot on the table where a hasty table wipe missed. The waitress was friendly and nice and took care of it.

I hadn't been in an Outback for a long time and the tables are now regular height but for some reason they still make the poor waitresses get down low to take your order. I can understand the reason for putting the waitress on the same level as the customer but it seems cruel to make people who are on their feet all shift get into such an uncomfortable position.

Anyway, a couple of us ordered the margarita trio for a drink mainly because we had just spent the day with 500 screaming kids at a robotics competition. This was three 4oz margaritas served in this special stand. One was raspberry which was great, one was regular which was fine but the third one was mango or something and all of the syrup was sitting on the bottom. I stirred up mine with a fork (no straws given) and wish I hadn't because it was so sweet.

My next mistake was ordering the "Norweigen Salmon". I suppose I knew it would be frozen fish but I wasn't prepared for it to be dried out and incredibly salty. I can imagine someone with high blood pressure needing an ambulance after a dose of salt like this.

Outback Steakhouse Atlantic Salmon: 517 milligrams of sodium, or 22% of the recommended daily intake.


Overall I thought the plates served at our table seemed very dully presented. My son ordered a pasta dish and it just seemed like pasta plopped on a plate. For $10.95 it didn't seem like a very good values since the ingredients probably cost $2.

My brother got the ribs which looked dried out but he didn't complain. I had a bit of my wife's steak and it didn't seem to be a very good cut of beef. Over all very lackluster. I kind of felt bad for the family near us who were celebrating a birthday. They had three kids so maybe they felt this was the highest level of dining they could risk with the kids but the Outback just doesn't seem special enough or worth of a birthday.

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Marlena Oechsner 5 years ago from Wisconsin

On my first trip to Outback, I was thoroughly impressed. But on a second visit, it was a mess. Orders were confused, forgotten, and some not cooked to order. I haven't been back. The place I truly enjoy (though save for special occasions) is Red Lobster. Always amazing food and service. I have never had a bad drink or a bad time. Thanks for the hub...makes me feel like I'm not the only one who noticed Outback's decline.


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mljdgulley354 5 years ago

I am not a fan of Outback. I was thrilled the first trip but for the money I didn't feel we had good service, I experienced food overcooked, orders mixed up and the wait staff not very friendly. This was not good when I was trying to impress someone who doesn't care to go to restaurants anyway


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peanutroaster 5 years ago from New England Author

Doesn't 17 spices sound like someone didn't know what they were doing? My 12 year old wouldn't know when to stop adding things to a recipe either.


CR Woronchuk 5 years ago

For the most part I find chains to be a huge disappointment. Small locally owned restaurants are better and actually less expensive. I live in NE PA and I am very lucky to be in an area that has more great independent restaurants than chains. Support your local restaurants!


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peanutroaster 5 years ago from New England Author

Chains I look forward to going to and have had good meals at are PF Chang, The Cheesecake Factory, Red Robin and Texas Roadhouse.

None of which are in our local area but fortunate we have a lot of chef owned local restaurants.


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mljdgulley354 5 years ago

peanutroaster, I don't know about PF Chang or The Cheese Factory, but we have a Red Robin and a Texas Roadhouse. The are not as bad as Outback, but whereever you go to eat the food and service depends on the hired cooks and servers. In the food business you don't find hired help that will actually put their best forward. They don't seem to realize their best makes for their paycheck


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alocsin 4 years ago from Orange County, CA

Very much like their prime rib. I think it's well-priced and tastes great. Voting this Up and Interesting.


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peanutroaster 4 years ago from New England Author

Prime Rib 12 oz. (entree only) [1 entree] (799.4 cal/67.3g fat/.2g fiber/1.7g carbs/42.9g protein/935.7mg sodium/27.9g saturated fat)

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