This is a series where I break down those email advertisements I get for restaurants. In the vein of being healthy and avoiding these food traps, I’ll be outlining what you’re getting into with these deals.
Now, I believe in “everything in moderation” so if you want a splurge, go for it. But, if you think you’re ordering one of these specials just because it’s a good price, then beware!
This one is a little tricky. It can be not too bad, or a train wreck, depending on what you order.
So this one is a three course meal for $12.99. The good news is, this isn’t all bad. You actually can make some good choices with this one. But there are some caloric bombs as well.
Let’s start with the starters. This promo says soup or salad, but when you click through, it only offers salads. Whatever. Maybe you can get a soup.
Nutrition values are from Outback’s website unless otherwise noted.
- The house salad is 110 calories. I’m not sure if this includes dressing or not, but your safest bets are their tangy tomato or vinaigrette options.
- Caesar salad rings in at 258 calories.
- A cup of clam chowder is 350 calories! Woah. That’s a lot before your meal even arrives.
Their entree options are:
- 6 oz sirloin for 254 calories.
- Mustard glazed pork chops for 365 calories.
- Parmesan crusted chicken for 537 calories (! Chicken is not always the best option!).
And for dessert:
- Carrot cake (site lists it as 2 servings!) for 320 calories each. 641 calories total!!
- Cheesecake wasn’t listed on Outback’s site but it’s on MyFitnessPal for 334.
So let’s total a couple of meals.
- Bread (half a loaf with butter): 156
- House salad: 110
- Pork chops: 365
- Broccoli for a side: 137
- Cheesecake: 334
Total:1102 calories. Which yes, is a lot. But you could make it work for a special meal, or even take the dessert to go and eat it another time.
But you could drop some calorie bombs with different choices.
- Bread: 156
- Clam chowder: 350
- Parmesan crusted chicken: 537
- Loaded mashed potato for a side: 377
- Carrot cake: 641
Total:2061 calories! Even if you DO split the dessert, that’s still 1741 calories.
So, enjoy your Outback, but make sure you only pick one splurge, not a whole meal of them!