Recent Visit and Review : May 2013 Lunchtime
Once again we were invited to lunch at the Outback Steakhouse by a friend. Last time we went (for lunch) it was pretty good. See our last review here.
This time, however, it was not as good. Food quality seems to have slipped a bit. The service was as unfriendly as usual. We keep hearing that this particular Outback is not nearly as good as other locations, such as in Vegas or Phoenix area.
There were very few people dining. Even though the Casino was busy. The restaurant is located in the Aquarius Resort Casino. No one was even sitting on the patio part that overlooks the Casino floor.
One order was the Endless Soup and Salad Lunch Special.
French Onion soup was not as good as on our last visit. It was called medicore in flavor and the cheese on the top was not melted enough, it looked like a slightly melted plastic blot.
The House Salad was fresh, with cucumbers, tomato, onion, croutons and ordered with Blue Cheese dressing. Their Blue cheese (chunky style) was outstanding. There were a couple way to big chunks of blue cheese in it though. We also think that if you order a blue cheese dressing on a salad it should not also be covered with a generous helping of cheddar cheese. The greens/lettuce in the salad did contain far too much of the hard white core parts too. We don't mind a bit of this in a salad but in this case there was too much.
|Extra Big Chunks of Blue Cheese|
|Tons of Mustard|
|Regular Margarita was much better and only $4.25|
|Perhaps the food and service is the reason.|
This combo lunch special is a good value, especially if you have a good appetite and want more than one cup of soup or salad. Honestly though, how many people do?
We also had the Outback Burger, skipped the cheese. We assummed it would be a plain burger, however it came loaded with mustard, lettuce, tomato and pickles. There was way too much yellow mustard, which overwhelmed the burger. We ordered the burger medium well in hopes it wouldn't be too dry. We got a well done (large) hockey puck. In retrospect we should of went with Medium, then we would of probably gotten Medium Well.
The usual loaf of dark bread (perhaps a pumpernickel) came with the lunches, it was hot, obviously heated in the Microwave.
Based on a recommendation by the server and the placard on the table we ordered the New, Strawberry 'Rita (see picture below). Not quite what is advertised, especially for $9.25. Ours had no strawberries in it, wilted lime wedges, and only sporadic sugar on the rim. Couldn't resist the side by side picture.
If you want a burger go elsewhere. On second thought, there are many other good choices for lunch that would exceed the experience, quality and service that this Outback Steakhouse is currently providing.
The Outback Steakhouse is independently owned, not owned by the Aquarius Resort and Casino. They do accept the ACE Players card for payment using points but do not offer a discount.