By Matt Goldstein
It’s easy to pick on chain restaurants of course, but being a steakhouse and refusing to make medium rare steaks is completely insane. If you want a steak at Outback, the best you can do is a “warm red center” which is code for a medium steak. When they told me “warm red center” I should have immediately asked for the coconut shrimp but instead, wanting a steak so badly, I took it on the chin and just got the steak. Yup, it was a medium steak. In our humble opinion, the only way to eat a steak is medium rare as a well done steak is like chewing on chalk, flavorless desert dry hard chalk. Well done steaks are horrible and if you’re a fan, we encourage you to rethink your life, there have been some major mistakes made somewhere. Obviously, Outback Steakhouse is trying not to get sued for getting someone sick by serving a steak too rare and trying to avoid becoming a news story for the same thing.
This calculation is made strictly for the money, not for the food. If 50 people in a given city received and overcooked steak and decided not to go back, Outback feels no effect whatsoever, but if one person gets sick at a specific location and the story is publicized, Outback Steakhouse faces the loss of thousands and thousands of customers not to mention a million dollar law suit. It’s a chain, it’s about the money. However, if you are a steakhouse, that is part of the game. If a restaurant wants to serves steaks, they must serve the steaks properly. It’s deceptive to lure customers in with the promise of giving them what they want and then simply refusing. Outback Steakhouse should either advertise that they don’t allow medium rare steaks or start calling themselves Outback Fakehouse because they don’t know shit about cooking or grilling steaks.