Outback's now open for lunch

by Ken Stewart
The Guam Food Guy

Something Awesome happen a few weeks back when Outback Steakhouse extended its hours to include linch. This was delightful news to hundreds of Outback fans who can enjoy some of their favorite “tucker fare” during daylight hours!

I had the opportunity to preview the lunch launch along with a gaggle of media folks and other invited guests. We were able to sample some new items that were introduced for lunch, which included Ahi Tuna Chopped Salad ($15.99), crab stuffed mushrooms ($12.99), BBQ Chicken Flatbread ($8.99), seared ahi tuna ($13.99) and Outback Nachos ($9.99).

The Crab Stuffed Mushrooms were a pleasant surprise, as they were sautéed in a creamy butter lemon sauce and filled with lump crab meat and kind of a gourmet treat you’d expect in a fine-dining restaurant as an appetizer. Another appetizer surprise was the BBQ Chicken flatbread that looks pizza-like as it’s basted with a tangy home-made BBQ sauce then covered with fresh grilled chicken, Monterey jack and cheddar cheeses that all get baked until the cheese melts on a crispy crust.

You can have the SEARED AHI TUNA as an appetizer with creamy ginger-soy sauce and wasabi vinaigrette, or have the ahi as a main dish as a salad, with cucumbers and lettuce. Of course, who can resist the temptation of nachos, which is an appetizer-wanna-be-a-meal.” It’s a good thing our table was sharing these treats.

I was also able to have a taste of the Prime Rib French Dip ($10.99), which has that deliciously tender thin-sliced prime rib piled high with grilled onions and Swiss cheese served inside Outback’s signature honey wheat loaf bread. This comes with au jus and Aussie Fries. One of our table mates had the baby back ribs ($14.99) which were juicy, tangy, meaty, and definitely falling from the bones.

My entree was the chicken and shrimp carbonara ($14.99), which is a wonderfully flavored fettuccini dish smothered in a garlic carbonara sauce filled with chunks of chicken breast and shrimp, completed with chopped bacon. The Tuscan Smothered Chicken ($15.99) was another main ordered by one of our team; it has heaps of mashed potatoes with a sizeable chicken breast smothered with a creamy sauce with sun-dried tomatoes, bacon and melted cheese.

There are many more menu selections including burgers, Steak and blue cheese lettuce wraps, salads, steak and fish options. You are also supposed to save room for Outback’s irresistible desserts - The Chocolate Thunder from Down Under, Classic Chocolate Sundae, cheesecake, and the Cinnamon Oblivion! “Fat chance!” Maybe next time!

Ita a dake masu!

Ken “The Guam Food Guy” Stewart

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