The Outback Steakhouse is another great place to eat if you’re on a gluten-free diet. They have a rather extensive gluten-free menu. At this visit, we learned that the gluten-free menu is included as a part of their standard menu!
We had a call-ahead seating reservation for 6:30, but all of us were hungry at 5:30, so we headed over to the restaurant. We had a tough time finding a parking spot, especially since many spots were taken up with piles of snow because the snow plows had nowhere to put it all. They gave us a pager and we were told that it would be a 10-15 minute wait. We only ended up waiting about 3 minutes!
Salad with Ranch Dressing
We rarely order appetizers when we eat at Outback, but Rick & I almost always get a side salad. We both order our salads without croutons and dressings on the side. When they arrive at the table, Rick gives me his tomatoes and I give him my cucumbers. We almost always choose the same salad dressings – I like the Ranch dressing and Rick likes the Honey Mustard.
Fresh Bread & Butter (NOT gluten-free)
They also brought out the standard loaf of bread to the table – which always annoys me because I can’t eat any of it. It makes me miss the gluten-free bread that I was served when we ate at the Disney restaurants.
Tilapia & Fries (NOT gluten-free)
For his entree, Dad ordered the all-you-care-to-eat fish (tilapia), which he had never had before, but he had heard people talk about that type of fish. The first serving only included 5-6 pieces of the fish and smallish serving of fries. When the server came to see how we were enjoying our meal, Dad should have asked for more tilapia because he had quite a wait when the server returned and asked if he wanted more fish. When they brought it out, they brought him two orders at the same time, so that was pretty decent.
Rick ordered something new from the menu – pork tenderloin. It was served with what the menu described a “sweet tangy glaze”. It came with steamed green beans and garlic mashed potatoes, but Rick substituted the garlic mashed for their french fries. The mean was delicious and something that he’d definitely order again. This item is on the gluten-free menu, although they say to avoid the crunchy crumb topping.
Alice Springs Chicken & Veggies (gluten-free)
I ordered the Alice Springs Chicken and steamed veggies with no seasoning. The Alice Springs Chicken at Outback is one of my favorite meals there. In the past, I ordered garlic mashed potatoes with the meal, but I’ve been calorie conscious lately, so the steamed veggies are a more healthy choice.
Outback also offers a flourless chocolate cake “Chocolate Thunder from Down Under”. I did not order this tonight, but I have had it in the past and it is FANTASTIC! By far, the best gluten-free dessert offering in town.