Monday, October 04, 2004

Chicken Caesar Review: Outback Steakhouse

Outback Steakhouse is the very popular chain of restaurants which has an Australian theme. Their Brisbane Caesar Salad is a larger version of the their side salad and includes romaine lettuce, Caesar dressing, shredded Romano cheese and seasoned croutons. You have the option of adding grilled chicken to your salad in two different sizes: The regular grilled seasoned chicken breast addition totals $9.29 and the "Aussie-sized" chicken breast addition totals $10.29. For the heck of it, I chose the larger for this review.

As I said before, the breast itself is an addition to the salad and not integrated into the tossing. Instead, the whole breast is placed on top of the salad. The larger size that I requested was indeed quite big, and was very tasty as well. I actually asked the waitress about the breast not being cut up, and she responded that they would happily do that for you if you request it, so take note. The salad itself was well chopped and tossed with a very tangy Caesar dressing that dominated with the strong taste of the Romano cheese. The croutons were buttery, crisp and melt-in-your-mouth delicious. They are, in fact, very similar to the croutons used at The Loop restaurants, whom I have previously reviewed.

Most people would probably react to the Outback salad along the lines of, "For 10 bucks, it darn well better be good". Well, I'm happy to report that it is a fabulous salad. Again, it's a bit pricey, but so are a lot of other items on their menu. So the next time you're there, go ahead and give their Chicken Caesar a shot.

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