So you’ve got a few hours to kill, and it’s about dinnertime. Maybe you want to go out to dinner with a small group of friends, or maybe your family wants to try something a little more upscale. Why not try the Cheesecake Factory?
The overall atmosphere at the Cheesecake Factory is a little louder than your typical sit-down, but the food and architecture make up for it. The bathrooms were very modern and clean, and the waitress that served us was very knowledgeable and kind. The open-room style of the place was very welcoming and comfortable and the lighting was nice as well.
For those who’ve been to the Cheesecake Factory before, you’ve already experienced the ambrosia that is the food. The menu, at least 15 pages long, is filled with a great selection of appetizers, entrees and (of course) cheesecakes, none of with which you could go wrong. We chose to start with corn fritters and a cup of their clam chowder. Coupled with their mustard-like sauce, the fritters were very good, and my dad said the chowder was “one of the top five” he’s ever had.
For the main course, my friend and I decided on a portabella burger and the shrimp scampi respectively, while my father had the fried shrimp. The grilled portabella was nothing short of a plethora of flavor. Topped with spicy mayonnaise and a side of fries, this burger made for an exquisite entrée. The scampi was delicious, while a little bit more cream sauce would have made the noodles go down easier. The shrimp in the scampi was seasoned perfectly and the overall presentation was spectacular. My dad said his shrimp was better than he expected and very filling along with the chowder.
For dessert, we had the Tuxedo Cream cheesecake and the Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup cheesecake. The first thing you notice about the Tuxedo Cream cheesecake is the elegant display. It was adorned with alternating white and black cream and complimented with a dollop of whip cream. But what really matters is the taste of the cheesecake, which in itself was mesmerizing. The Reese’s cheesecake came complete with chocolate icing with nuts, their original cheesecake, fudge cake, chunks of peanut butter cups and a layer of caramel, all topped with peanut butter and whipped cream. Man, was it an artery blocker, but it sure was delicious!
The pricing on our meal was steep to say the least, but the food was hard to compete with. We recommend not ordering too much, because the portions are fairly large (this will save you serious money), but the quality does seem to justify the cost to some extent. Also, if you order the soup, just get a cup with some appetizers, as it will be plenty to eat.
All in all, the Cheesecake Factory is a wonderful choice for those looking to step up their game and have a good time with a small group of people. The enjoyable atmosphere and delicious food earns them 4.5 stars. It is a definite winner for any occasion. Just make sure to have cash in on your wallet before you sit down.