Four deals, two days, one restaurant: Outback Steakhouse kicks off holiday season

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Outback Steakhouse is offering four deals over the next two days.

You've had your turkey--now how about some steak? Outback Steakhouse is offering not one, not two, not three but four deals to kick off the holiday season.

The first deal is Buy One Entree, Get One 50 Percent off. This deal is valid only with a coupon the Australian-themed chain sent to subscribers to its e-mail list. It is valid until December 3. It is good for lunch or dinner, whether you choose to dine in or use Curbside Take-Away. It is not valid with any other discount, coupon or offer.

The second deal, also for subscribers, is $4 Off Two Lunch Entrees. As you might have guessed, this is valid only for lunch, whether you choose to dine in or use Curbside Take-Away. No worries if you're flying solo; this offer is also good for $2 off one lunch entree. There is a limit of one coupon per table, per visit, and it is not valid with any other coupon, discount or offer. This coupon expires December 3.

The third deal, also for subscribers, is a free $4 Find with purchase of an item in the bar area. It is not valid for Curbside Take-Away. There is a limit of one coupon per table, per visit, and it expires December 3. The $4 Find food items are Coconut Shrimp with a Creole marmalade, Margherita Flatbread, Homemade BBQ Chips with jalapeno ranch sauce, Bloom Petals (a small version of the Bloomin' Onion, complete with signature sauce) and Bushman 'Shrooms (breaded and fried mushrooms served with spicy ranch sauce). They all sound good to me, but I'm the most curious about the Homemade BBQ Chips. The coupon does not say whether or not the $4 Find drink purchases are covered, so check with your location before ordering the Crisp Red Apple Martini, the Aussie Rum Punch, the Jacob's Creek Moscato or the Little Boomey Merlot.

The last deal is for everyone, and is good only on Cyber Monday--that's December 2. If you say "Cyber Bloom" to your server, you'll get a free Bloomin' Onion with purchase. There is a limit of one offer per table, and it is valid for lunch or dinner, dine in or Curbside Take-Away.

Are these deals worth it? Absolutely! The first deal is ideal for couples (or for someone who wants to use Curbside Take Away to get one entree to eat that day and another to keep and serve reheated), and the second deal is good in that it allows you to use it for one or two lunch entrees. The third is good if you just want a snack and a drink after work. And any time you can get a Bloomin' Onion for a minimal purchase is worth it (I recommend the Too Right French Onion soup--you won't be sorry).

Be warned, though--The Bloomin' Onion is a hand-carved deep-fried onion served with dipping sauce. It has 1959 calories, 1450 of which are from fat. It contains 15 grams of fiber, 161 grams of fat (48 grams saturated fat and 3.9 grams of trans fats), 18 grams of protein, 149 milligrams of cholesterol, 28 grams of sugars and 4102 milligrams of sodium, according to Outback Steakhouse. In other words, it's a heart attack on a plate, albeit a tasty one. Don't order this frequently and do bring friends to minimize the damage to your arteries.