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November 05, 2003

Outback Steakhouse is advertised as “(offering) high-quality food and service, generous portions at moderate prices and a casual atmosphere suggestive of the Australian Outback.” While the atmosphere is perhaps more suggestive of a theme-park, tourist’s dream of Australia, it is casual and friendly. This evening we were seated rapidly, which is to be expected of a weeknight. All of the people at this location are friendly, talkative, and willing to lend a hand. 

This night, Myshell was our greeter and Michael was our server. Myshell greeted us at the door with a bright smile and was extremely eager to make sure we were seated and had every thing we needed before she left. Michael is extremely attentive, sociable, and speedy in his service. He made sure our drinks were filled shortly after they were emptied, and offered us coffee after our meal.

We had the Bloomin’ Onion appetizer, Baked Potato Soup, House Salad, and Steamed Vegetables. While the batter fried onion is fairly common fare in restaurants now, I believe that it was Outback who pioneered this item. It comes in a large portion - enough so that two of us used it as part of our main course instead of as an appetizer. The dipping sauce that comes with the onion is fairly spicy. Coupled with the spice from the batter that the onion is fried in can make for a hot dish if you are not used to spicy food. Ranch dressing is an alternate sauce that you can ask for that tends to tone down the spice of the batter, making for a cooler taste. The soup is smooth and tasteful. This reviewer did not particularly care for the bacon added to the soup as it tended to add too much of a pepper taste to the rich buttery-ness of the soup. The salad had fresh lettuce and the dressing (bleu cheese) was delicious. The bleu cheese dressing that Outback serves is not made with mayonnaise for those of you who are health conscious, but is still extremely creamy with large chunks of bleu cheese. The steamed vegetables consist of broccoli, carrots, oriental snow peas, and squash. They are slightly seasoned and steamed so that they are still crisp. The broccoli is especially flavorful, but the carrots seemed to be a little bland. The squash was not too soft and had a fresh flavor. The snow peas were crisp, but not as rigid as those you would find in some oriental dishes.

Overall cost for the meal : $20.19

Outback Steakhouse
110 Dunbarton Drive
Florence, SC 29501
(843) 679-0055

Proprietor: James C. Pruett

Hours of Operation
Mon-Thur: 4:30-10:30
Fri: 4:30-11:30
Sat: 3:30-11:30
Sun: 4-10:00