Reasons Why I Don’t Go To Outback Steakhouse

I recently came across a list by Men’s Health of the 20 Worst Foods in America and was appalled by the horrific amount of fat and calories in some of the foods we eat.  As I was reading the list, I noticed that Outback Steakhouse came up once or twice.  Upon reading the nutrition facts of some of their “specialty dishes,” I decided to NEVER go there again. So why am I publicly banning Outback’s food from my diet?  To start, Men’s Health named Outback’s cheese fries with Ranch dressing the #1 worst food in America!  If you finish off this grease-filled appetizer, you’ll have consumed 2,900 calories and 182 grams of fat.  Outback says that the cheese fries serve 6 people, but do you even want to have 30 grams of fat before you even get to your main course?



Men’s Health named Chili’s Awesome Blossom the #1 worst starter in America.  Since Outback’s Bloomin’ Onion is pretty much the same thing (a deep-fried onion  dipped into a mayonnaise-based sauce), I decided to see how bad it was.   This little baby boasts 1565 calories and 84 grams of fat!  It’s not the as bad as the cheese fries, but it’s still incredibly unhealthy.

After reading about Men’s Health worst picks, I decided to head over to Outback Steakhouse’s website and do a little bit of research of my own, hoping that those two dishes were exponentially bad compared to the rest of their menu. Unfortunately, my hopes were dashed almost immediately.

The first entree that I even clicked on, the full rack of baby back ribs with fries, contained 179 grams of fat and 2,366 calories.  Even those who try to go the healthy route and get a Queensland Salad with no dressing will end up with 59 grams of fat and 839 calories in their body.  The chicken quesadilla appetizer will have you happily munching down 133 grams of fat and 2140 calories before you get to your main course, as well.

I can’t even bear to tell you about the desserts.  All I can say is thank God they have “sampler” sizes that you can have instead of the full-sized desserts.

I’m not saying that Outback Steakhouse is the only chain restaurant that serves up high-fat food.  Chili’s, Macaroni Grill, On the Border, Chipotle, Quiznos, and (of course) McDonalds all made the Men’s Health list, as well.  I know that it’s pretty much impossible to avoid every chain restaurant in America, but PLEASE, for the sake of your health, check out the nutrition facts before you go out to eat.  And make healthy choices!  I know that after reading that list, I certainly will!

Head over to Recipe4Living for healthy recipes!

Here are some low-fat recipes I enjoy:
Low-Fat Meatloaf
Low-Fat Macaroni and Cheese
Low-Fat Burrito
Low-Fat Fried Chicken

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  • Djones

    You realize that’s an appetizer meant for something like four people. Do you eat that much all the time?

    So you eat a 20 pound turkey and four steaks at a time? And you also eat Four times the amount of suggested everything for at least 8000 calories a day????


    I personally love to eat at Outback, but then I’m 5’10, 150 lbs, and in great shape (better then most of my friends). Of course I eat responsibly NOT by restricting WHAT or WHERE I eat, but how much I eat, and by EXERCISING. Lots of water, exercise and knowing that you shouldn’t pig out (like eating the amounts meant for FOUR FREAKING PEOPLE OR MORE LIKE YOU SUGGEST) are essential in really staying healthy…and in shape.

    Also more important then calorie regulation is dietary balance, for vegetables, protein, dairy, and grains…

    Though I suppose if I ate like you (enough for four people) even I would have a hard time exercising enough and probably also would have to be more worried about things like this. However I find that stuff at outback actually are BETTER for staying in shape (gives necessary protein, more balanced diet as well) then some other suggestions that some people give. How about a focus more on BALANCE and what restuarants provide a balance of items rather than…calories?

  • Kathryn Steed

    DJones, I clearly stated that the appetizers are for people to split, but if you split the cheese fries between 6 people, you’re still consuming over 30 grams of fat! That’s in the first paragraph.

    I also focused on entrees, which are intended for one person to eat.

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