So I went to Rapid City yesterday and ate at Outback. I guess this is my "restaurant review".
First off, I did NOT get sick. I explained to the waiter that I also have a corn "allergy" It's actually an intolerance, but I figured he's take it more seriosly if I called it an allergy. I told him my choice of gluten-free was not due to the new trend, but was a medical necessity. He assured me he would speak to the chef about both the gluten and the corn.
I ordered decaf because just about every non-alcoholic beverage has some form of corn in it. He came back and told me the pot of decaf he started "blew up" - grounds all over the place, and that he had to start a new pot so it would be a few minutes. He brought me ice water in the meantime. I asked him if it came out of "the gun" they use to dispense soda, and he said no, it came from a tap. (I didn't drink it anyway because I don't like city water.)
The gluten-free menu had plenty of interesting choices but no prices! I compared the equivalent meals to the ones with prices in my friend's regular menu. Turns out the prices were the same. They also didn't mention (in either menu), the sizes of the steaks, nor the number of shrimp. (I already knew I wanted steak and shrimp but I wasn't sure which steak or which order of shrimp i wanted.)
Eventually both my friend and I chose the "petit filet with grilled barbie shrimp". The steak was 5 1/2 oz. and there were four shrimp. It came with a stuffed baked potato but he let me substitute with garlic mashed potatoes. The shrimp came on a bed of halved cherry tomatoes. Each dinner cost $14.99
Well, the garlic mashed potatoes were WONDERFUL. The steak was tender enough but I wish I had told him to just cook it plain. I am not sure but I suspect that the reason so many restaurants use seasonings on their steaks is to cover up what might otherwise be a not so tasty cut of meat. And the shrimp were WAY overspiced. Even the cherry tomatoes had some sort of coarse seasoning on them.
All in all, the dinner was OK. Not great, but not bad either. I was hoping, since this was my first restaurant experience in years, that it would be wonderful. But what WAS wonderful was being able to sit in a restaurant, be waited on, and not get sick.
Next time I'm going to go for the pizza at Lintz Brothers, but I'm not sorry we went to Outback this time.
Had a good time in Rapid. Bought a bunch of new "toys" for my shop and stocked up on make-up. I can't get the kind I like here and it turned out they had a buy one get one for half price sale. I also found out there are other restaurants with gluten-free menus in Rapid. I'll have to find out how trustworthy they are and I'll let you know.