Had dinner in the restaurant on a midweek winter night, when it was definitely not a busy night.
While the wait service was fast and attentive, the food definitely needed some work.
Friend and I started out sharing a Blooming Onion, Outback's staple appetizer. It came out very hot, and definitely overdone. The coating was darker than it should have been, though not burnt, but the onion itself was overcooked to the point of being almost mush.
We both had Caesar salad, which was definitely salty [and I'm not sure how this happened, as I assume that they used the chain's standard salad dressing].
I had a rib eye steak with a skewer of shrimp on the side. The steak was ordered rare, and actually came out medium. The shrimp were done properly, however, and not overcooked and toughened. Friend had a full rack of ribs, which have been downsized from the normal portion one gets at Outback. The ribs were done to perfection, though, tender and falling off the bone [the sign of a well cooked rib is that the meat leaves the bone bare, which did happen], and were well flavored.
With other Outback locations just south on the Northway in Clifton Park and Albany, the biggest competition to this location is going to be its own chain. Both Clifton Park and Albany have better kitchens, too.
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