We went for a late lunch/early dinner today at the Germantown Outback. I remember when this place opened since I lived at the time just down the street. The first week it was easy to get into, ever since in the evenings forget it, the food is not worth a two hour wait. I have not been in the Outback for about three or four years but nothing has changed since it was opened in the late eighties. It is in good shape and clean so no real complaints there, I did not go to eat the furniture.
Going in at 3:00 we were seated right away, the waiter was pleasant and we had drinks and bread on our table right away. The bread was good but a bit over cooked on one end. We ordered the usual blooming onion. It came out slightly over done but we liked it a bit crispy. We knew it would be a greasy mess and it was, the plate had a fair amount of oil on it when we were finished. It was good but not good for you. The entrees came out with good timing which allowed us some time to eat our blooming onion and let it settle in. I had the house salad which since the place open has always been very good but the plate seemed a bit smaller now. I had the 9 oz. Outback special steak. They cooked it rare as requested. The taste was good but the meat was a little tough which I did not expect. I guess since we normally buy our steak at whole foods we have been spoiled with quality meat? The fries the accompanied the steak were very crispy and well done also. My wife had the steak salad. The salad had the right combination of ingredients to make it a very nice meal. The meat also rare was cooked as requested. All in all the meal for the price was very good. With a nice tip it came to $46 no alcohol drinks. The place is clean, the staff pleasant and the food good. Is it a Ruth Chris? No but the same meal there would be nearly $180 so you get what you pay for. I would go again for a late lunch. Dinner? With the lines they have the answer would have to be no, not worth a two hour wait.
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