What outing that includes eating in the Vento home could not be called an adventure as my crew turns meal time into a party. With all five of us together it was time to head out to the Outback Steakhouse. Meat, Meat, my family was craving meat and their feature stop this week was The Outback Steakhouse on McKnight Road in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. There’s a few new offerings in town for these Sheilas and Blokes! Most of you take trips to gain adventure, trust me, our trips out often create adventure as we dine with my youngest who has severe food allergens, but we had an insider’s tip that the Outback Steakhouse not only provides #SteaksDoneRight but they can also easily accommodated food options for him. As for every other ‘Sheila’ and ‘Bloke’ at our table, we all found seafood and meats, as well as Outback Steakhouse new Premium Side-dishes that make comfort food truly comfortable on your plate and in your belly. Lavishly living food out loud this is our Outback Steakhouse Adventure.
Our Outback Steakhouse Adventure
First things first, meet our server Al. Al is a walking, talking, encyclopedia of Outback Steakhouse options so he was a perfect match-up for out table. While we have dined here before, since my son has been diagnosed with severe food allergies we are just a tad slower getting everywhere. If there is an insider’s tip, a secret drink, or the ‘best way’ to have something prepared, he clued us in. He’s a first rate mate! Al managed to fill the bellies at our table and keep our table allergen friendly as did all the staff at Outback Steakhouse on McKnight Road.
If I told you this was a feast, I would be understating the amounts of food my children managed to consume. I think we stunned Al with the ability of our kids to make the food disappear off the table! As you might expect our first contestant this fine evening to be swept off its plate and into our mouths…… The Bloomin’ Onion. The spicy signature sauce is just so yum, there really are not words and this is just the beginning of the meal!
Sneaky as it might seem, I was ready and waiting and could not wait for our Outback Steakhouse Adventure, so I had looked at the menu and knew what I wanted. My biggest challenge was figuring out what libation I wanted. Let’s face it, I live for my special drinks while I dine out because I lavishly love that bit of indulgence and my sweet spot is all about my spirited libations. Tonight, Al was in charge, so with his suggestion, and what a great one it was I tasted a Blackberry Sangria, after all Momma needs her drink! Here’s one of a few I tried out, and I was NOT The driver, just so we are clear!
The Soups –
The kids decided they were going to indulge in a cup of soup each, little did they know how much they were going to enjoy these. I was so worried they were not going to eat their dinner, but those forks, spoons and knives just kept on a movin’ through bowls and plates of foods. Baked Potato Soup for one and French Onion Soup for the other. I believe that this is the best cheesy topping we have ever experienced on a French Onion Soup and we have eaten it everywhere.
The provolone cheese is the game-changing factor in this amazing soup. As my daughter was amazed at the true elasticity of the cheese and how it did not S-N-A-P in her face, she asked me to capture this photo and share with you because of how awesome it was!
I am a salad girl and a salad will either make or break a meal for me. My son with severe food allergies is also a salad kinda guy and he could not believe his eyes when this salad parked itself in front of his face. The wedge of iceberg he received was just so fresh, and it was the size of his little head, lol! Guess what, he chomped the whole salad away. My salad was a Blue Cheese Pecan Chopped Salad that was just outstanding. The crunch and sweetness of the nuts complimented and worked over the Blue Cheese. The lettuce was a basic iceberg and the dressing was just in the background, not too rich, not too thick, just right (starting to sound like Red Riding Hood). My husband also had a large wedge of salad, but his offered a mixture of iceberg lettuce, Blue Cheese, Bacon, Red Onions, Cherry Tomatoes, and a Balsamic Glaze that you top it off with make this like the Salad OF the Century!
The Firecracker Salmon as you can see me dining on at the beginning of this post is smashingly divine. The fresh mango salsa offers you a tang that is sweet and yet snappy, with no burn on the palate. I honestly could only eat half as did my daughter because it is a hefty serving and with all the other food I am surprised I could move, lol! My side was one of the new Premium Sides, Broccoli & Cheese served up with a whole lot of yum.
The cheese is not watery, rather thick, yet spreadable, so that each piece can be dunked in if you like and I did like. I found myself dipping my salmon in it as well, after all why send a plate back with anything on it! My daughter got the new premium side of loaded mashed potatoes supreme were the words she used to describe this pile of love!
The guys did the Steakhouse Mac & Cheese and they ate it all up!
You have to be salivating by now, and I can tell you it is worth it to be food parched and to go with an empty stomach, because you will come out filled and satisfied. This is the Bone-In Natural Cut 22 ounce Ribeye and my son ate the whole thing! Look at the before and after.
As for my husband and youngest son, they each tried something different as well. My husband dined on Victoria’s Filet Mignon Portabella, and my son enjoyed a Wood-Fire Grilled Flat Iron Steak, and the results were empty plates!
Steaks done right every time with every order, is the only way to sum up the food. The service was spectacular, the food was delicious, and we can’t wait to go back again. The steaks were melt-in-your-mouth perfection(so I am told), the Salmon was one of the best we have had out to date(and we dine on a lot of salmon) while the food amounts were most sufficient! I doubt say you could ever leave here hungry. The Outback Steakhouse is a wonderful place to celebrate holidays, birthdays, graduations, and just everyday eating, and I am sure you can find something on the menu for everyone from those with severe food allergies to those that don’t eat meat. So if you are on the road traveling this summer, or if there is an Outback in your neighborhood, you definitely want to stop, who knows I might see you there! Stay tuned for how to dine at Outback Steakhouse with allergies, as we have the inside scoop on that as well and I will be writing about it shortly! If you love steaks done right then you need to head on out to the Outback Steakhouse and experience a meal. This is my story lavishly living food out loud on Our Outback Steakhouse Adventure.