Thursday, July 30, 2009

Outback Steakhouse

I've been wanting to try Outback for a while now, because I know they have a gluten free menu, and last night Chris decided it was time.

We asked about the gluten free menu, and there were no problems with the waiter knowing what we were talking about. I love that.

Okay, a quick word about the pictures. The restaurant was dark, except for annoying lights right above our heads that were a little too bright for how close they were.
It led to a discussion of why a lot of restaurants are dimly lit. I personally enjoy well-lit rooms and open windows, not just in restaurants but overall. It has always annoyed me and made me feel a little claustrophobic to walk into a dimly lit restaurant. We went through all the restaurants we could think of that are dimly lit, and came up with a lot. Someone must have done a study that shows people order less food in brightly lit restaurants or something. It's ridiculous.

Anyway, so the pictures were taken in horrible lighting, and I had to lighten them up a lot with my very limited photo editing skills. As a result, they are not great pictures. You can click on them for a larger image.

Our waiter was great. When he offered us bread, he acknowledged that it would only be suitable for Chris to eat. I thought it was funny and was delighted to get a waiter who knew what he was talking about. I ordered some kind of steak (I don't remember what kind), the garlic mashed potatoes, and some steamed veggies. It was all very good. I had a taste of the sweet potato side that Chris had, and that was tasty too; they sweetened it a little much for me, given that it's a side dish for a steak, but in a different context it would be perfect.

It was so good, in fact, that when the waiter came to take dessert orders, I was debating whether I had room to eat the Thunder from Down Under Chocolate Cake. He said that they have a small-sized portion, so then I said yes.

It tasted delicious, and I felt so strange eating a piece of chocolate cake in a restaurant. Usually that is forbidden.
Overall, it was a great experience. I didn't have to worry about my food for one second, AND I got dessert. I'd definitely recommend it, and I'd go there again.

1 comment:

Drew said...

I saw this on one the deal blogs I read and thought perhaps you or one of your gluten free readers may be able to snag it!