The Outback Steakhouse has locations in all 50 states and 19 countries. We visited the one in South Portland, Maine, and it's one of my favorite places to have a good meal!
I like the atmosphere; the lighting is just slightly dimmed, there are booths and tables to accommodate couples or larger groups, and the service is friendly.
[Right after they bring you the menu, the server brings a cutting board with a small loaf of what appears to be pumpernickel bread and a tub of real butter to tease your taste buds.
We started off with some mild wings for an appetizer which came with stalks of celery and some ranch dressing for dipping. The wings were delicious; they had just a hint of spiciness which was just enough for me. (They also offer medium and HOT, for those who roll that way!)
We followed up the wings with salads of lettuce, grape tomatoes, cucumbers, onion, shredded cheese and toasted croutons. The veggies were fresh and crisp and the croutons added a tasty crunch.
Mr. Eva had sirloin steak with 'shrimp on the Barbie' and a baked potato. The steak was done perfectly, as was the potato. He did say that there was a seasoning on the shrimp of which he wasn't fond, but it didn't keep him from gobbling them up
I ordered the small sirloin steak with a half rack of bbq ribs and a sweet potato. My steak was perfectly medium, and the ribs were so well done they only required a fork to separate them. Everything was scrumptious. I would have loved to have tried one of their tempting desserts, but there just wasn't any space left in my satisfied tummy!
Maybe next time we'll skip the appetizer we we can manage dessert!
The Outback Steakhouse does have a website where you can check for a location near you, plus it gives you access to their full menu and lots of mouth-watering photos. Click here to visit Outback.com!