Outback Steakhouse is a fantastic casual dining restaurant scattered across the globe. With over 1200 locations worldwide, including Europe, Asia, and Australia, the American-based company sports an Australian theme and a “full flavor” menu that doesn’t skimp on the genuine butter, cream, and whatever fatty goodness you may be interested in. The steaks are cooked in a griddle using real butter as an oil medium. They fry their food in beef tallow and include the use of heavy cream in several of their dishes.
The “favorites” section of Outback’s menu lists seven Australian favorites, including Chicken on the Barbie, No Rules Parmesan Pasta, Sweet Glazed Pork, and Baby Back Ribs. The Bloomin’ Onion is a staple at Outback. It was listed on the menu when the restaurant chain opened in 1988, and it continues to be a top seller and a signature of Outback to this day. The onion is sliced in to thin slices and splayed open to resemble a flower in bloom. It is then breaded and fried, resulting in an impressive plate-sized offering of crispy grabbable “petals” to be snatched and dipped in a special sauce which is placed in the center of the “flower.” They embrace the Australian stereotype, similar to the American midwest, of real ingedients, hearty dishes, and full, satisfying meals.
Health concerns are always in the forefront of conversation, these days, however, and Outback Steakhouse has adapted to this by making several healthier options available to consumers. Many locations provide the option of having your steak grilled in a real oak flame. The steaks prepared with this option go through a lighter seasoning process and are not prepared with butter, making it a healthier choice. These steaks are grilled over oak, which compensates the loss in flavor from the alternate preparation.
Outback Steakhouse is owned by OSI Restaurant Partners, LLC, based in Tampa, Florida, which owns several “casual dining” chains. Other restaurants owned by OSI include Carraba’s Italian Grill, Bonefish Grill, and Roy’s Hawaiian Fusion.