Cooking, like taking a pop quiz and defusing a bomb on national television, is often a source of stress. Disarm your hunger with today’s Groupon: for $8, you get $16 worth of Australian-inspired grill fare at Outback Pub in Branson.
Outback Pub welcomes visitors with a menu of Australian-inspired grill fare and more than 100 different beers. Meals can commence with exotic appetizers such as gator tail ($7.99), seasoned strips of alligator meat that cannonball from forks into tangy kookaburra sauce. For the entree, palates embrace queensland grilled shrimp ignited with Cajun spices ($8.99) or grouper seared with outback seasoning ($9.99), both of which come flanked by mashed potatoes and veggies sautéed in butter and lemon pepper. Indecisive eaters quell many hankerings by eating the paper menu or deciding on one of the pub specialties, such as the down-home shepparton chicken potpie blanketed by a golden, flaky crust ($8.59). In Outback Pub's dining room, patrons can opt to lounge by the fireplace or challenge their meal mates to a round of billiards or trivia. Every night, the restaurant plays host to live entertainment, giving the dinner crowd a soundtrack more pleasing than compliment-whispering earmuffs.
Linda and Steve Wood broke the ground on their first Australian-themed enterprise when they opened The Outback Steak and Oyster Bar in 1987. Over the years, the eatery garnered enough attention from Ozark visitors that it inspired the couple to open the Outback Outfitters clothing store in 1989. Nearly a decade later the Woods converted the store into the Outback Pub, adorning its walls with Australian articles and serving a menu of down home, exotic fare. Wild appetizers such as kookaburra-sauce-laden gator tail cause taste buds to don tiny safari caps before trekking through entrees of seasoned grouper or the tavern's specialty Shepparton chicken pot pie. Sips from more than 100 beers bring tides of malty and hoppy flavor, while live entertainment hosted every night gives the dinner crowd a soundtrack more pleasing than compliment-whispering earmuffs.