Outback Steakhouse offers "Figure It Out" special

Becky Oberg's picture
Say "Figure it out" to your server at Outback Steakhouse for a free appetizer.

Frustrated by the government shutdown? Outback Steakhouse is offering a free Tassie's Buffalo Bites Appetizer on Thursday, Oct. 17. Just say "Figure It Out" to your server.

"In the hope of inspiring our leaders, Outback's offering something we all can agree on," reads an e-mail to the Australian-themed restaurant chain's e-mail list subscribers.

According to Outback Steakhouse, Tassie's Buffalo Bites are a limited-time dish. They contain 820 calories, 481 of them from fat. They contain 44 grams of carbohydrates, 4 grams of fiber, 53 grams of fat (23 saturated and 2.0 trans), 42 grams of protein, 166 milligrams of cholesterol, 5 grams of sugar and 2419 milligrams of sodium.

"The nutritional values provided herein are based on standard company recipes that may vary depending on portion size or substitution of ingredients," Outback Steakhouse explains on its web site. "The nutritional analyses which produced the nutritional values of the company recipes were derived from a USDA database and an independent lab. Menu items are hand-prepared and nutritional values may vary from the stated amount."

According to Wikipedia, Outback Steakhouse was founded in Tampa in February 1988 by Bob Basham, Chris T. Sullivan, Trudy Cooper and Tim Gannon, all veterans of the hospitality industry. It has grown to more than 1200 locations in 22 countries throughout North and South America, Europe, Asia, and Australia. It is owned by Bloomin' Brands.

Wikipedia reports that food at Outback Steakhouse is "heavily seasoned". The food is fried in beef tallow, and real butter and heavy cream are used in many of the recipes.

But what does the chain believe politically? According to Wikipedia, "The company and its founders are major contributors, via the Outback Steakhouse PAC, to the Republican Party, contributing $303,015 and $334,197 for the 2000 and 2004 election cycles, respectively. The Outback Steakhouse PAC itself is one of the largest donors in the food and beverage sector, second only to the National Restaurant Association, which itself represents 300,000 restaurants."

In addition, retired General Tommy Franks sits on the Board Of Directors for OSI Restaurant Partners, INC., which owns Outback Steakhouse.