Happy Birthday, Outback!

Anyone else Outback Steakhouse fans?  Does the Bloomin’ Onion mean anything to you?

Uh-huh.  Figured.

Well, guess what. This year the Outback and their Bloomin’ Onion celebrate their 20th anniversary. Do I feel old, or what? I remember when the Outback was new and novel.

Now as for me, I’ll take a plate of their eleventy-million-calorie cheese fries over a Bloomin’ Onion any day, but I know that there are a lot of Bloomin’ Onion fans out there.

Did you know that 15 million Bloomin’ Onions are sold each year? And before it is “bloomed”, each onion is specially grown to be 16 ounces and 4-1/2 inches wide? Not four inches, mind you, but four and a HALF.

Now that’s some serious OCD right there. And I thought I had issues.

Any-WHO. In honor of its birthday, the Outback has created some special menu items available only through April. Take a look!

Sirloin, Shrimp and Scallops Mixed Grill: Juicy USDA “Choice” sirloin, seasoned, seared and paired with succulent grilled shrimp and scallops, all served with whole grain wild rice and sautéed spinach.

Chargrilled Tuscan Rib Eye: A tender, thick rib eye seasoned with a Tuscan marinade of imported olive oil and fresh herbs and
spices, then chargrilled over an open flame. Served with garlic mashed
potatoes, fresh steamed veggies and a homemade olive and sun-dried tomato
relish.

Fresh Tilapia with Pure Lump Crab Meat: Fresh tilapia crowned with a crab stuffing, then topped with pure lump crab meat and sliced white button mushrooms, finished with a drizzle of light lemon-butter Chablis sauce. Served with fresh grilled asparagus.

Slow-Roasted Sirloin Medley: Perfectly roasted slices of sirloin drizzled with fresh herbs, garlic, olive oil and lemon surrounded by grape tomatoes and asparagus, served atop sautéed spinach and a jumbo, homemade Outback crouton.

Does any of that appeal to you? Well, here’s the best part. One lucky reader will win a $25 gift certificate to the Outback. Yep, that’s right! All you have to do is leave a comment and tell me your favorite menu item at the Outback. That’s IT! The giveaway will close on Friday, and I will select a winner. Good luck!!