Outback Steakhouse Introduces Steak & Lobster and Other New Menu Items
Disclosure: Our meal was provided by Outback Steakhouse. I was not compensated for this post. All opinions are my own.
The three options were a Steak & Steamed Lobster Tail, Steak with Crispy Lobster & Shrimp and Steak with Lobster Mac & Cheese. Additionally there are some new menu items being featured - Crispy Lobster & Shrimp Bites, the Bloomin' Fried Chicken and the Great Barrier Combo (a National Seafood Month entree with steamed lobster tail, two lump crab cakes and two wood-fired grilled shrimp skewers).
We started with the Crispy Lobster & Shrimp appetizer, which had a nice spicy sauce on these tender pieces of hand-breaded shrimp and lobster tossed with jalapeños and red peppers. They were such delicious crunchy bites to start off the meal.
It had been a while since I'd been to an Outback Steakhouse, but I remembered how good the Victoria's Filet Mignon was and had to have that. I paired it with the lobster mac & cheese, a fitting dish for the first cold day of the season. When the temps drop 30 degrees in a matter of hours, comfort food is definitely in order - and is there a more appropriate comfort food than cheesy pasta? This dish had cavatappi pasta with smoked Gouda and Jack cheese, tender chunks of lobster and a crunchy topping.
Another favorite from the Outback menu has been the Bloomin' Onion appetizer with the spicy signature sauce. We didn't order that this time, but I did get to try something made with that crunchy Bloomin' Onion batter and seasoning. One of the new menu items is the Bloomin' Fried Chicken. It's a juicy boneless chicken breast coated with same batter as that appetizer I love and fried and then drizzled with the sauce. It came with mashed potatoes and broccoli.
Hubby opted for the Steak & Steamed Lobster Tail with an 8-ounce center cut sirloin topped with smokey bacon bourbon sauce. I insisted he share the steamed lobster with me and it melted in my mouth.
Even with all this hearty and delicious food that we sampled, I live by the philosophy that you never, ever skip dessert. Even if you only have a couple bites, just do it! The Chocolate Thunder From Down Under is also featured on the special menu. It's a large, rich, warm pecan brownie under a generous scoop of vanilla ice cream topped with Outback Steakhouse's warm chocolate sauce, chocolate shavings and whipped cream - a perfect finish.
The Steak & Lobster menu will only be around for a while - until mid November, so get in and enjoy it while you can. For more info, visit outback.com.