Outback Steakhouse Fan Disputes Review

RECEIVED Mon., Jan. 24, 2005

Dear Editor,
   Mick Vann's review of Outback Steakhouse does not represent my experience ["Austin on the Hoof," Food, Jan.14]. I go regularly to the Highland Outback on Huntland Drive. If I have steak, I order the Victoria Center Cut Filet (7 oz. size). My steak is always cooked as requested and is wonderful. My salad is never "swimming" in water, and the blue cheese dressing is very tasty. The baked potatoes are fine, and I have no complaints about the condiments that are on the potato. I don't eat the bread, so I cannot address the bread and butter – at least they serve real butter, and the bread is usually warm.
   Over the years, I have found Outback Steakhouse to be consistent in the quality and preparation of their food. The service is always attentive and helpful. As a diner with celiac disease who cannot eat any gluten – wheat, barley, rye, and related foods – Outback Steakhouse gets exemplary marks. They were pioneers in having a GF menu available to diners in their restaurants and at www.outbacksteakhouse.com. I can eat there and know that the offending gluten is not in what I order.
Betsy Bowman
P.S. p.s. Dessert was not mentioned. The Chocolate Thunder From Down Under is gluten-free and a real treat for diners with celiac disease as well as others.
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