Australian tchotchkes and brews give this quintessentially American restaurant a distinctive Down Under flavor.. In Short Boomerangs, Aussie flags, kangaroo portraits and faux aboriginal art honor the homeland's wilderness, but Outback delivers a polished version of rusticity with varnished blond-wood booths with matching wainscoting and casually uniformed waitstaff. Besides more than a half-dozen cuts of steak, diners can pick from large-portioned entrees like ribs, chops and shrimp or chicken "on the barbie." The Bloomin' Onion, a large onion dipped in batter and deep-fried, is an appetizer with a following.
I went to the Outback once before, and had a pretty good meal. I liked the feel of the place, the salad was enormous, and the steak was one of the best I've had.
Tonight, I had the best sit-down meal I've had at a restaurant. The server gave very honest answers to the questions I posed, and I was never found waiting for a new drink, or even a new loaf of bread (which is quite tasty, by the way).
I'd recommend my specifc server to friends, but to anyone in particular, this place is one of the best I've been to in the Grand Rapids area.