By Sarah DeBruhl
A steak-lover’s wildest dreams are finally possible with a meal from this conveniently-located steakhouse. Indulging in a meal from Outback Steakhouse over the weekend left me highly satisfied. I visited the Outback in Greensboro, North Carolina on Wendover Ave. The satisfaction of my experience began well before I digested the steak. As I entered the restaurant, I was met with a live, cheerful, but not overbearing atmosphere. I was immediately greeted by a hostess who was able to accommodate and get me seated right away, something you generally wouldn’t expect on a Saturday evening at restaurants of a similar caliber. Within five minutes of being seated, I was greeted by my server who swiftly brought complimentary bread and my drink order to the table. She provided recommendations, answered questions and was very attentive to my specific requests.
Beyond the service, the variety and options of food choice on the menu was endless. I began the evening with the Three Cheese Steak Dip. This appetizer was delightfully creamy and savory, with a mix of steak, gouda, parmesan and peppers. The dip was served hot with fresh homemade tortilla chips that I continued to enjoy even once the dip was gone. For my main dish, I was met with an endless amount of options. A select few that stuck out to me the most were Grilled Chicken on the Barbie, Perfectly Grilled Salmon, and Queensland Chicken and Shrimp Pasta. I ultimately decided to go with the specialty Outback Center-Cut Sirloin, which also included two sides for an affordable price of under $15. After careful consideration, I chose the Homestyle Mashed Potatoes and Steakhouse Mac and Cheese. After ordering, I was able to consume the basketball game playing that night as I was seated in great proximity vision-wise to the television.
One factor that led to my slight disappointment was the timeframe in which it took from when I ordered my meal to when I actually received it. I found myself growing impatient as I had already received and finished my appetizer along with multiple rounds of bread and drink refills without any sign of my main dish. Like many, I did not come to the restaurant on an empty stomach and had trouble waiting over 35 minutes for my meal. If you’re someone that is capable of being patient and understands that all good things take time, then you’d be in for a treat. Once I did receive it, the execution of the meal was the most rewarding part of my experience. The steak was cooked to perfection just as I had asked for and envisioned. It was very tender, juicy and easy to digest. The Steakhouse Mac and Cheese was served fresh from the skillet and was creamy and made with a heavenly amount of cheese. I believe that the mashed potatoes could have used additional ingredients to enhance the flavor such as cream gravy, brown gravy, or even cheese. I then concluded with a slice of the Triple-Layer Carrot Cake. This slice was unlike your traditional slice of carrot cake you can find at any bakery or grocery store. It was very rich, sweet and moist, topped with coconut, pecans and vanilla cream cheese icing. The size was also commendable, as it covered the entirety of the plate. The slice was a great end to an already delicious and satisfying meal.
Overall, the combination of customer service, options, and taste proved to be a worthwhile dinner experience. Although I chose steak, you do not have to be exclusively a steak-lover to enjoy a meal at this restaurant. The vibe provides a perfect location for a night out with the girls, date-night, or even an individual dinner. The price point for your night out is reasonable, especially considering the well-sized portions you receive. In rating my experience at this restaurant all factors combined, I would award a 4.6/5 and highly recommend it as a restaurant that can provide a valuable experience.
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