Despite what you’re thinking, the family-owned Outback Steak & Oyster Bar, open since 1999, has no relation to the national chain. Filled with genuine Australian memorabilia and decor (check out the push plane suspended from the ceiling and staff dressed in outback ranger shirts), it has a rustic ambiance and also offers outdoor dining on the veranda.
Primarily a steakhouse, it offers burgers and sandwiches, soups and salads, brisket and pulled pork from its open-pit grill, seafood and even alligator tail. My favorite is the Bush Basket, filled with mussels, shrimp, snaggers (spicy sausages), crayfish, crab, potatoes and corn on the cob. There are also daily specials for lunch and dinner that are real bargains. Of course, no self-respecting Aussie restaurant would be without a good selection of beers and Australian wines. For real rabble rousing, head to the next-door Outback Pub, popular with the locals for its weekday happy hours and nightly live music.