When we get hungry, it gets difficult to find a new restaurant to try out. Tonight, I suggested the Outback Steakhouse in Hyannis. It’s only open for dinner (wha?), so it’s not like we could have hit it up for lunch.
As we pulled into the parking lot PBJ inferred that the place was packed due to the quantity of vehicles. Turns out it wasn’t. We were quickly seated after a petite girl opened the front door.
I had scooped out the menu online, so I knew what I wanted to try. Our server, Amy, offered us drinks and bread. The warm bread was brought out with a tiny cup of butter. The menu said the bread was a honey wheat. It reminded me of baked beans. I don’t know why.
We each sampled a piece of warm bread with a dab of butter. The tiny cup had a stingy portion of butter. We both thought the bread was missing something. I suspected salt (because I recently watched a cooking show that mentioned salt was important in bread), but PBJ thought the bread was missing sugar. Either way, a lot more butter was needed. We declined seconds on the bread.
The next item brought out to the table was the Kookaburra Wings. I had chosen ‘hot’, versus mild or medium. I was hoping the wings would be spicy, what was brought out was a salty mess fresh from the fry-o-lator.
I had a difficult time eating the wings. The salt content was astronomical, and even a dose of blue cheese dressing didn’t do much to help. I ate two and called it quits. PBJ polished them off, but only due to the fact he was hungry.
The clam chowder was next. I was afraid the meal was going down hill. The chowder was seasoned with bacon, loaded with carrots, clams, a few potatoes, and little green floaty things. The other seasoning used in the chowder was pepper, and by a very heavy hand.
Don’t get me wrong, I like pepper in chowder. I first discovered this at Barnicle Bills in Wareham. The problem is that the Outback used so much pepper it messed up the over all taste of the chowder.
I was barely 1/3rd of the way into my chowder when the entree arrived. Whoa Nelly! This is what I was afraid of. I had not been given enough time to
enjoy slurp the chowder. I tried to eat a few more spoons of chowder, but my entree was quickly cooling.
I ditched the chowder so that I could try the ribs while still warm.
I asked Amy for some ketchup for my fries. She looked like this was an unusual request, but said no problem. In short order she brought out a little cup (just like the tiny butter cup) with ketchup in it. Wha? Is there a tomato shortage I don’t know about? Who is Amy to decide how much ketchup I need for my fries? And why, oh why, did they serve me nasty Hunt’s ketchup??
(I should also mention a couple two tables over asked for steak sauce and ketchup, and they too received tiny little condiment cups so my
silly serving of ketchup wasn’t anything I should take personal. And the couple that was finishing dinner at the table next to ours complained about the Tassie’s Buffalo Strips (too dry) and were offered a free desert. PBJ pointed out how we missed another poorly produced appetizer.)
The baby back ribs were fall off the bone as advertised. And unlike the 99, there was a generous portion of sauce. Even one of those tiny cups was on the side with extra sauce for dipping.
PBJ described my fries as “tired looking” and “bottom of the bag”. He was probably correct. Some of the fries had no seasoning on them, and a few others were excessively overloaded with salt, pepper and whatever else was in the shaker.
For an entree, PBJ ordered the Filet Tenderloin and Stuffed Shrimp. It was served with garlic mashed potatoes. He really liked the Tenderloin commenting on how it was cooked just right. Moist and not needing any steak sauce. He wasn’t a fan of the stuffed shrimp, commenting that they needed a thick sauce or something to round out the flavor.
Due to the double appetizer order, our overall bill was much higher then a normal dinner out. Of course the entrees were also higher priced then what we normally look for too. After tip, it was close to $60 for the two of us, and we didn’t even order alcohol.
If I had a star rating system (which I don’t), I would give it 1 1/2 out of 4 stars.
- Salt & Pepper applied incorrectly, repeatedly
- Dinner only, sad desert selections
- Stingy Condiments
- Entrees tasted good
After a bit of thought, I don’t think I’d go Out(back) again.