Dinner at the Outback

Mastermind Weekend 1/16

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I'm Tina

I’m the owner of Carrots ‘N’ Cake as well as a Certified Nutrition Coach and Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Practitioner (FDN-P). I use macros and functional nutrition to help women find balance within their diets while achieving their body composition goals.


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Hooray for date night!

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Clearly, Murphy wasn’t psyched at all for date night since he wasn’t invited. No pug allowed. Mal, however, was pretty excited. You can’t really tell from the photo below, but he’s jumping in it! Ha!

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Mal and I finally put our gift card to the Outback to use and had a nice Sunday dinner out together.

Our meal started with brown bread with sweet butter, and as soon as our waitress served it to our table, I remembered how much I liked it. A zillion memories from high school also came rushing back. I remember eating a lot of this bread back then!

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For my entrée, I ordered the California Chicken Salad, which came with mixed greens, slices of Granny Smith apple, walnuts, crumbled feta, and grilled chicken. I ordered the dressing on the side because I figured if I didn’t, the salad would be drenched in it. I hate how restaurants do that.

My salad tasted okay, but for the price ($13.99), it totally wasn’t worth it. I mean, imagine what you could get from the Whole Foods salad bar for that amount””or even what you could buy and make at home. Oh, well. It was still fun to go out and not have to cook anything!

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After dinner, I satisfied my sweet tooth with a couple of handfuls of peanut M & Ms.

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A few hours later, my stomach started to grumble, so I snacked on some Greek yogurt with homemade granola. Apparently, my California Chicken Salad didn’t do the trick!

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The evening ended with Mal and I watching a few episodes of Friday Night Lights and then heading to bed fairly early. It was a nice Sunday night.

Back to the grind!



  1. I love that you compared the $13.99 salad to the bar at Whole Foods – now I know I’m not the only one!! (To be honest, I’d kind of rather go to WF instead of the Outback, even though the atmosphere isn’t quite the same.) I’m glad you guys still had a fun night!

  2. I love Mal’s face in that picture….that is exactly how my husband gets the few times we go to Outback!
    13.99 for that salad?? I do the SAME thing you do and think about how I could make it much bigger and much cheaper at home.
    Glad you two had a fun night out!

  3. Bummer about your dinner! WHen we go to Outback (maybe once every 6 months or so, if that) I always order the kids meal. It is super cheap and you can get a mini version of steak or chicken on the barbie with an additional side item. With the bread it is the perfect meal. You should give it another try! 🙂

  4. Sometimes restaurants just have those salads that remind you to get something more special next time! That’s why I usually get something I know will be good (steak, etc.) and have salad on the side! I love bread + butter at restaurants though – at least you got that!

  5. If you’re making an effort to go to a steakhouse, why not order something they are known for?not surprised the salad sucked.

  6. I love their bread soooo much but thankfully I haven’t been there in years because it’s one of those things you can’t just have one piece of and let’s just says after finding out the content, I can only “afford” it on high cal days. $14 for a salad eh? Yeah…no. But since you weren’t paying for it, it makes it taste that much better! 😉

    Mmm, peanut m&m’s.

    Must eat breakfast.

  7. i’ve never been to outback… we always go to texas roadhouse if we’re wanting a steakhouse because that’s my husband’s favorite. i’m wanting to try outback some time though just to see what it’s like. that’s a bummer your salad wasn’t anything to rave about! but like you said, it’s nice to not have to cook and still enjoy a nice dinner sometimes. and great choice on the peanut m&ms… those are my favorite kind!

  8. I’ve been meaning to watch Friday Light Nights for a few months now! It’s all on Netflix Instant, but I seem to get sidetracked by other shows. We used to have an Outback in my hometown, but I think it closed down. I’d heard good things about it, though!

  9. I’ve been to Outback a couple of times. More recently, was a few months ago. I ordered a grilled chicken salad and the chicken came out completely RAW! I’m so glad that I looked at the chicken before I ate it because I would have been very very sick. Needless to say, I will not be going there anytime soon.

  10. Did Mal get a steak there? I’ve been curious as to how their steaks are and if they’re any good. Would love his feedback!

  11. That salad looks a bit bare. And for $13.99? I can see why you were disappointed. The last time I went, I had the spinach, artichoke and chicken flatbread and it was delicious. And their bread is so good. 🙂

      1. @Tina: husband & i had an outback gift card and went there for date night recently as well! we split that flatbread it was surprisingly ridiculously good! SO thin and crispy! We also split the filet sandwich on rosemary foccacia- it’s SUPER rich but perfect if you split- i highly recommend that sandwich!

  12. man, when I go to the outback I get steak!! and sweet potato fries! I rarely eat steak…but I make a point to get that when eating at the outback.

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