My Outback Steakhouse at 722 Jamacha Rd. in El Cajon is the one most often traveled by Nancy and I. We’ve always dined on the early side, kind of a Seinfeld antithesis… and so we find ourselves not in the Outback often because we don’t want to commute in ‘rush-hour’ so we skip the 4:00 p.m. start to their dining hour. When we do capitulate and dine with the Aussies, it’s usually on the weekends due to the starting hours. They do business: Mon. – Thur. from 4:00 – 9:00 p.m.; Fri. 4:00 – 10:30 p.m.; Sat, 3:30 – 10:30 p.m.; and Sun. 3:00 – 9:30 p.m.
Dine with the Aussies is the funny thing… The Outback Steakhouse is an American owned and operated entity. It began in February 1988 in Tampaby Bob Basham, Chris T. Sullivan, Trudy Cooper and Tim Gannon, and is now owned and operated in the United States by OSI Restaurant Partners. Not Aussie at all, but I do like the Aussie idea. Who wouldn’t like taking a ‘walkabout’ with the likes of Paul Hogan a.k.a. Crocodile Dundee. Maybe pet a koala or two? By virtue of that you can tell it’s not truly an Aussie operation by the fact that they’ve hung pictures of ‘koala bears’ on their walls.
The Outback Steakhouse is an American Casual dining chain doing a decent job of putting consistently, well flavored foods on the table for your pleasure. Mostly a steakhouse, they also offer chicken dishes along with shrimp (on the barbie), and according to their new menu, not so many pastas as I remember. They also offer ribs and pork chops along with a loin but I’ve never indulged. The price range is $12.00 – $24.00 for their steaks… and the sides are very good as is the bread and salads. We’ve never been unhappy with the service. The staff is always cheerful, with good attention to detail. Once in a while we’ve received food a little overcooked but I suppose that’s life, thank God for the big baked potatoes, which have always been good.
Perhaps I like the Outback Steakhouse because one of their pitchmen is Jemaine Clement who I find, along with his partner Bret McKenzie perhaps the best thing to use as anti-septic to life when it seems stale. The Flight of the Conchords is the group for what ails you. Check out the Outback Steakhouse I do recommend it.