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May 27, 2008 10:25 AM

Analysts: "Cheesecake Factory food is a bargain! Get it cheap while you can!"

Analysts, you know those people who pontificate for a living, say that Cheesecake Factory needs to raise their prices because, as it stands now, their prices are too low!

Do 'Hounds think Cheesecake Factory prices are too low, and that there are uncaptured margins that the company can realize by raising prices?

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  1. I'm no Analyst, but I don't think now is a good time for anyone to raise their prices unless cost dictates it.

    1. personally I think it would make more sense to reduce those ridiculously huge portions they serve.

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      1. re: dagwood

        agreed. the servings of most items are easily enough for 3 people. and while this makes the price very reasonable (if you're actually sharing) - that's kind of not the point. the servings are just way to big. they could cut them in half and still serve large portions.

        my so and i ate for 2 days with one entree (shepard's pie which i have a total weakness for; it's so good) and one dessert. it was a little silly. we only spent $20 - but i would have paid the same amount for half the food.

        1. re: dtud

          This talk of oversized portions is exaggerated and misleading. The portions at CK are at most moderately larger than many restaurants, but the portions at many restaurants, especially new cuisine types, are often absurdly sparse. Schatzi once served me a portion of mashed potatoes that was less than two ounces. I prefer Cheesecake Factory portions, and after dozens of meals I've never seen anyone take home enough food from CK to last three meals - perhaps, at most, enough for a next day snack. The food is good at CK and the portions are more than satisfying -- GET OVER IT.

          1. re: Nukedli

            I had the chicken Parmesan at Cesear's Palace last fall and the meal was enough to feed me 3x. It was sickeningly huge and I felt bad for leaving it. Food wastage big time.

            The kicker though, I had to point out to our waiter that 1/3 of the pasta was undercooked and stuck together like glue. I pulled it up in one clump for him to see. I was nice about it and mentioned to him he might want to inform the kitchen so he doesn't hear this complaint from someone else.

      2. no matter how low CF prices are I wont lower myself to eat the slop the dole out ever again a couple times being dragged there was enough.. A large portion of bad food is not appealing to me.

        1. An absolute bargain indeed! $7 for a slice of mediocre cheesecake is waayy too cheap.*

          * sarcasm

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          1. re: ClockworkOrange

            I dn't understand why people wait 3 HOURS to get a table at this "restaurant". It's horrid. There is nothing good about it. People act like there is no place else to eat in town. The food is bad as are their tasteless cheesecakes. There is one 5 minutes from my home and I will never, ever go back.

            1. re: shesallthat

              Horrid? Judging by the popularity, the locals seem to radically disagree with your assessment of the Cheesecake Factory. I've had many meals at different Cheesecake Factorys and I've never had a bad meal. The appetizers have been first rate and the main dishes have been better than I get at most restaurants. The various cheesecakes have been just fine. The service has always been very good and the price is right.

              1. re: Nukedli

                The food is not good at all.....I don't care how popular it is. (McDonalds has over a billion served....not exactly evidence of great cuisine) We do go because my kids love the cheesecake, but that's about it. The one by us (Providence) was not bad when it first opened but has gone significantly downhill. The pasta is ALWAYS bland.

                There are a couple of apps that are passable, and with their portions being what they are that's enough for a full meal anyway.

              2. re: shesallthat

                Big portions, big menu, not so big prices. It's like the buffet of sit down and order restaurants.
                I think it's adequate. The long waits location after location after location absolutely baffle me.

                1. re: Fibber McGee

                  Everybody has the right to their own opinion. Believe me, I wish I liked Cheesecake Factory but I just don't. Mashed potatoes should be real and I don't think its too much to ask for to have peas served cooked in shepherd's pie. I don't think it's unreasonable to shell out $7 for a slice of cake and expect it to be cold and creamy and not dry and frozen. If I want great cheesecake I'll go to Juniors; if I want good lobster I definitely won't wait at Red Lobster but I'd go straight to the Jersey Shore and I'll never go back to Olive Garden (another place with an inexplicable wait for bad, bad food) - I can get better Italian food almost anywhere.

                  1. re: shesallthat

                    Uggh, don't get me started on Olive Garden. All you can eat pasta. See how much bland, tasteless overcooked pasta you can shovel in. And what is the big freakin' deal with their salad. I have friends who crave it. I just don't get it.

                    Although I have to admit, I'd eat at that place in a heart beat over East Side Marios!

            2. I've never been to CCF, so to me it's a bargain. I save money and taste satisfaction just thinking about it.

              Any way, the day i start listening to business analysts about food is the same day I go to a chef to tune up my car.