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We have been invited to...Cheesecake Factory

What's the word on Cheesecake Factory? The menu looks ginormous, which makes me a little leery right off the bat. Any rec's out there?

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  1. Many folks here dislike Cheesecake Factory and I have only eaten there once but I enjoyed my lunch. I had a salad that may have been called French Country Salad or something like that. The portions are very generous so I was glad I didn't order a sandwich or anything and the salad was absolutely plenty. It tasted good to me.

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    1. re: xena

      That is my fave thing at the CF. It is a smaller size salad with goat cheese, pecans, and beets. Really delish! I also like the Thai Lettuce Wraps.

    2. Just ate there for the first time last week. A bit pricey, but my salad was enourmous! I couldn't eat half of it. Very tasty, nice mix of greens..... The menu is big. Friends ordered desserts.... wow they were huge. I would recommend splitting one as they are expensive and so big. They were very good. Based on one experience and my friends comments on their meals.... would I go back? Maybe, but I wouldn't make it a destination. So I guess you could say an half way decent but a bit pricey. Though it might be a destination for dessert.

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      1. re: libgirl2

        I've been to two (in the DC area) and my guess is they are all basically alike. Way too big, way too noisy, way too way too. The food is mediocre at best, portions are obscene. And the cheesecake - fuggedaboutit. Really pathetic.

      2. I eat at the Cheesecake Factory every once in a while because it is convenient when shopping at the mall and a better alternative to the food court. That being said, the portions are huge and calorie filled. One dish that I stumbled upon is the chicken medallions in a balsamic marinade. They are served with mashed potatoes and veggies although you can substitute your side if you wish. It's not as giant a portion of some of their other menu items which is good for me as I get immediately full when I am presented with too much food.

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        1. re: baseballfan

          LOL you are my kindred spirirt. I like a salad they make, I think it is a South Western salad w/ chicken. Portions are crazy huge but the food is ok I make sure I go only when Dh is away on a business trip. This way I have lunch and dinner taken care of!

          1. re: SweetPea914

            Good idea! I bring the leftovers home and one of my 3 teenagers is sure to take care of them before they are leftover for very long.

            1. re: SweetPea914

              just a bit hi in price
              the food is good not great.... i don't think anyone would be dissapointed going there but it is not good enough to become a reg customer of

              1. re: foodperv

                I have to disagree with you there. My family wasn't merely disappointed - we were disgusted. The food was not mediocre. It was just plain bad. CF is primarily for people who think enormous portions automatically equal great food.

                My suggestion to the OP would be to try to counter-suggest a more acceptable dining option. Oh, say, like McDonald's, maybe?
                (Okay, the last was more than a little snide, but still. I would try to offer an alternative destination. If I couldn't, I might suddenly not be able to find a baby sitter or the like.)

              2. re: SweetPea914

                I once saw the Executive Chef on the TODAY show talking about how the test kitchen takes a food idea and Cheesecake-Factorycizes it. (I'm not making up that word.) From my point of view that means to enlarge the portion, sweeten dishes including those that should not be sweetened, and over-elaborate all dishes with two too many ingredients.

                Those arean't changes I value in food. However, I've eaten at Cheesecake Factory three times and if the circumstances required it, I'd eat there again. On each occasion, I've been with others, and I've been more interested in preserving harmony than in making a foodie statement.

                My most successful choice has been the Santa Fe Salad. Some of the salads, including that one, can be ordered as lunch-sized portions until 5:00 p.m. CF's lunch-sized salad is any normal restaurant's generous salad.

                I'd also order the Thai Lettuce Wraps again if I ever found myself at CF. However, this time, I'd ask for a bottle of soy sauce and vinegar rather than any of the sauces offered. Much too sweet.

                I've only eaten the cheesecake one. The first time I ate at CF, I was part of a group of six. We ordered two cheesecake slices among the group and still were unable to finish dessert.

            2. although I rarely go there, I actually love their Santa Fe salad. it had lettuce, carrots, black beans, corn, jack cheese and tortilla strips. it has warm grilled chicken, and a delish combination of dressings: one is a peanut vinegrette and the other has cilantro blended up in it. kinda spicy but sweet at the same time. my husband has had a crabcake sandwich there and liked it.

              1. I am one of the few who actually like CF. However, I only order one thing, the chicken piccata with an extra side of piccata. Comes with a huge side of angel hair pasta and I use the side of sauce for some of it. Previous to finding this dish, I had tried the Chicken Maderia, which is good, but I like the Piccata better. My husband likes the steak Diane and the lettuce wraps.

                If you get a salad, get the dressing on the side, so you can take home the left over salad without the dressing making it soggy.