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Healthy options at the Outback Steakhouse

Exterior of an Outback Steakhouse.
Exterior of an Outback Steakhouse.
Photo by Dyanna/flickr

The Outback at 3527 Union Deposit Rd. in Harrisburg can be a scary place for those of us with a nutritional conscience.  It's easy to find yourself stressing about what to order after reviewing the menu to find classic items like the Bloomin' Onion, a battered and fried onion accompanied by a creamy dipping sauce,  which contains a total of 1,560 calories, 84.2g of fat (32.5g saturated), and 91.5mg of cholesterol as an appetizer! Instead, opt to share the small Seared Ahi Tuna appetizer which is only equal to 162.3 calories per serving, 10.5g of fat (1.2g saturated), and packs in 9g of protein!

Then you think to yourself, "I'll just play it safe and order a salad." Well, folks, I hate to be a killjoy, but you should really think again. The Classic Roasted Filet Wedge Salad, for example is packed with 562.5 calories, 29.7g of fat ( 10.2g saturated), and 95.5g of cholesterol!  Due to the combination of blue cheese dressing, blue cheese crumbles, bacon, and balsamic glaze, this salad is very deceiving.  Obviously not the worst option on the menu, but certainly not the best. If you are hungry for a salad, always order the dressing on the side and sans cheese. 

If you're a meat and potatoes kind of person, as opposed to choosing the 7 oz. Victoria's Filet, a House Salad with Tangy Tomato dressing accompanied by a baked potato topped with sour cream and chives, totaling 1,289 calories and 71.5g fat, go with the 6 oz. Outback Special with Fresh Seasonal Veggies and half a Sweet Potato (all without butter) which only comes out at 493 calories and 10.25g fat!  Not only will you save yourself over 1/2 the calories, but you'll have 1/2 of your sweet potato to take home as well!  This entire meal weighs in with even less calories than a salad!  For under $10.00, it's difficult to find a meal more appealing to your taste buds or your bank account.

The help at The Outback are completely accommodating most of the time, and should be pat on the back for their customizing abilities.  As long as you're nice (and promise to pay your bill) they will pretty much doctor up any dish on the menu to fit your needs. 

For more info: Outback Steakhouse 3527 Union Deposit Road Harrisburg (717) 564-5082