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Outback Steakhouse is Celiac Friendly!

  • Mar 5, 2009
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I've been a fan of Outback Steakhouse for years. Even though I live in Texas, it is still hard to find a decent steak around my house. If I'm not in the mood for beef, I can always go for one of their smothered chicken dishes. No, it's not the healthiest choice, but we all deserve a little treat now and then.

Yummy food aside, what makes Outback Steakhouse so popular in my house is that they offer a gluten-free menu! My three-year-old son has Celiac Disease and is on a very strict diet. Eating out became nearly impossible after he was diagnosed, as most restaurants do not cater to the gluten-intolerant.

However, Outback offers a separate menu that will help you out when ordering. As you can imagine, three year olds are picky eaters to begin with, so feeding my son is quite a struggle. He loves the sweet potatoes at Outback, among other things, so we've made this place our special family restaurant.

The downside? Outback Steakhouse is far from frugal and they offer some of the most fattening foods of any American restaurant. (According to Men's Health, the Aussie Cheese Fries with Ranch Dressing contains 2,900 calories and 182 grams of fat -- and that' just an appetizer!)

Of course, you don't have to buy something deep fried and then drown it in dressing, but the bloomin' onion is hard to resist. Speaking of which, I have an Australian colleague who informs me that Aussies do not really eat giant, deep-fried onions. Okay, so Outback Steakhouse isn't authentically Australian, but I still love it.

Here is a fun Outback commercial, starring Flight of the Conchord's Jemaine Clement. A New Zealander. *snigger*

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March 06, 2009
@JR - No, Alison didn't invite me, but I will definitely check out her site. Thanks!
March 06, 2009
I haven't tried it, but I'm always up something new (and weird)!
March 05, 2009
Damn. Now I'm dying for a sirloin and a baked potato smothered in everything!
March 05, 2009
Hi Amy. Great review! Are you friends with Alison... did she invite you? she runs http://surefoodsliving.com/ which is all about gluten free diets. I can't find her on Lunch right now... still looking.
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Quick Tip by . March 07, 2010
Love Chocolate Thunder from Down Under for dessert, but recommend at LEAST 2 people split it! Maybe 3 or 4, it's huge!
review by . January 05, 2009
I'm not a fan of Outback Steakhouse. Don't get me wrong; whenever you want a consistently decent steak, Outback is a good option.    Personally, however, I prefer non-chain steakhouses because they have more character, it seems. I enjoy visiting steakhouses in many cities that reflect the local culture. Outback replicates a single theme at every restaurant, be it in California or in Florida.     Additionally, I don't particularly care for their service. I've …
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Outback Steakhouse is an American style cuisine restaurant based out of Tampa, Florida. The chain has over 400 locations in the United States and abroad. Each restaurant specializes in serving USDA certified beef and steaks.

The primary theme of the chain is Aussie. The menu items and restaurant decor have a vivid Australian flair. Menu items include the Bloomin' Onion, Jackaroo Chops, Drover's Platter, Shrimp on the Barbie, and the Mad Max Burger.

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