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Oct 1, 2006 04:24 AM

OK...So, it was the Cheesecake Factory....

that had the better meal.

I understand that Cheesecake is NOT among the chowhound favorites but, let me tell you of my little story...

Last night I was at a fancy wedding at the Nixon Library. Dinner consisted of the typical salad, rolls chicken and filet. I had only chicken; breast w/ a lemon butter caper sauce. UGH!!! What a waste of 100K! Went to the Grove today. Had Hors D'Ouveres at the farm (cookies) while waiting for our table at Cheesecake. Then, I ordered chicken and biscuits. Something I've never done b-4. WOW! Yum - 3 meals and only 14.95! Glad it wasn't my 100K spent last night!

Tell me folks....What's the bad thing about Cheesecake??? B-cuz it's a chain, or is it the crowds?? Please educate me. I have never had a bad meal there and it's always so reasonable. I love this place. Maybe I'm not a "hip" hounder?? :/ KQ

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  1. If you love it, more power to you. Shout it from the rooftops. Cheesecake Factory to me is a place best left to everyone else. The ridiculous wait is one of the things; if I'm going to wait three hours the food had better be absolutely euphoria inducing. The food all tastes focus-grouped; I remember getting the orange chicken the first time I ever went, I took a bite and immediately thought "This used to taste better". And then there's their namesake item, the cheesecake. It's at least seven bucks a slice. At seven bucks for a single slice of cheesecake from a casual restaurant, it should leave me rolling on the floor in a fit of ecstasy. It's merely decent cheesecake. I've had better from Trader Joe's.

    1. Do a search and you'll find HOURS of reading pleasure on the merits/demerits of CF.

      Long story short: you either like it or you don't. Glad you're in the former, but some of us have had less than stellar food/service on repeated occasions at multiple locations.

      1. I hate the wait.
        I hate the wait.
        I hate the wait.

        I visit once a year and always order the Thai Lettuce Wraps, which is a generally safe bet.

        I will tell a little story about stellar service we received at CF in Coconut Grove. We were there as a family of three - kidlet was just 1yo. We went at dinner time, which is an adventure with a baby because they are like Sybil - happy one minute, maniacal the next. As soon as we were seated, the hostess brought us a plate with a sliced banana, bread, and crackers for kidlet. Totally unexpected and most appreciated.

        So while I prefer to eat at just about anywhere else in town, the CF in Coconut Grove will always have a place in my heart. The one SMALL act of a hostess made our dinner a pleasant experience.

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        1. re: mamamia

          Are their lettuce wraps better than P. F. Chang's?


        2. I've been only a few times, but I've always had good food. I've never really had to wait either, but we may have gone at off peak times or something. I do, however, think the cheesecake sucks like no other... that is not cheesecake!! But the rest of the food I've had has been pretty good... I do hate that the menu is so huge too though; I'm not a good decision maker!

          1. As I have said before, we enjoy the Cheesecake Factory. We never wait as we go in off times. I don't care what chain you go to, CF, Olive Garden etc, you will wait and wait and wait if you go on a weekend prime time. So many complain about CF's wait time, but its like that no matter what big chain you go to. You should see Texas Roadhouse here on a Sunday after 4:00pm.

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            1. re: Kari

              I've never understood the public's desire to stand in line for mediocrity rather than seek out the real Chow-worthy restaurants. Why not eliminate the waiting all together and just open huge drums of Dinty Moore Beef Stew?

              1. re: Walters

                Remember, not to start a chain vs. chow-worth debate, but mediocrity is in the eye of the beholder. Where I live there are not many "chow" worth places, mostly chains. I do not feel like driving an hour across town. Some chains are decent and not even close to dinty moore stew, which I am sure some people like. LOL