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Our next food destination is Down Under, via South Naples, Outback Steakhouse.

First and foremost, yes, I’ve had the “Awesome Blossom.” Yes, it’s amazing (I mean awesome) and I highly recommend it. But on this night, I had my sights set on a different appetizer, the wood-fire grilled shrimp on the barbie. With a blend of Aussie seasonings, the shrimp are served on grilled artisan bread, garlic herb butter and fresh tomato basil. As you will come to find out, I ate a lot of different shrimp during this meal, but none of the others compare to the taste of these.

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For my main entrée, I ordered the center-cut sirloin with unlimited shrimp. The cut was tender and juicy. It came with a choice of two sides. I picked a cup of the chicken tortilla soup (chicken breast in a seasoned broth, topped with Monterey jack and cheddar cheese, cilantro and crispy tortilla strips and served with a wedge of lime) and the steakhouse mac and cheese (creamy cheddar and smoked Gouda mac and cheese, seasoned and topped with toasted garlic breadcrumbs). The soup was amazing, but the mac and cheese was a bit bland.

My dish also came with unlimited shrimp. Out of shame, I won’t admit just how much shrimp I had. You can choose between the crispy breaded shrimp or garlic herb butter shrimp. I sampled both. I prefer the crispy, of the two; but both were OK. The shrimp are a bit dainty; but alas, unlimited.

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My partner in dine picked the pork porterhouse, also cooked over a wood-fire grill. Very tender and juicy, this chop was cooked to near perfection; but perhaps was blackened a bit too heavy with the spices.

For his side, he picked the broccoli and cheese: steamed broccoli topped with a creamy four cheese sauce and a blend of natural Monterey jack and cheddar cheeses. It was a bit too cheesy for his taste. Don’t ask me, I didn’t realize anything could be too cheesy. Live and learn.  

A trip Down Under is closer than you might think. And you just can’t beat a deal like unlimited shrimp.  

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If you go

Outback Steakhouse

  • 9975 Triangle Blvd E., Naples
  • 239-732-1351
  • outback.com
  • outbackonlineordering.com
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