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Cheesecake Factory Cheesecake -- eh?

I've only eaten there once, and was not a fan -- oversized portions of underseasoned food. But I had heard the cheesecake was great. Well, my wife had business meeting/dinner there, and brought back leftover strawberry cheesecake.

Unimpressive. Not awful, but no big deal. My reference for excellence is homemade and Junior's in Brooklyn - creamy, not too light, with a bit of tang. My reference for awful takes two paths; overbaked, grainy and tasteless, or moussey/chiffonney whipped cream cakes that forgot that cheesecake is cream CHEESE.

CF cheesecake is either of these, but leans to the latter. The overall flavor profile is too sweet, and with no acidity to cut the richness. There's a reason a classic cheesecake contains lemon. You need the bite. Even if you don't want the lemon flavor, you need to add some acid. It's just too one dimensional. And the texture is creamy, but somewhat whipped. Too light for a cheesecake. So, not terrible, but I'm not going out of my way for it, either.

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  1. I have to agree, I decided to bring home a couple of cheesecakes slices on my way back to Toronto and I was unimpressed. I much prefer the Keg's cheesecakes to this place. I think their cheesecakes are overrated!

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    1. re: callitasicit

      I really dislike CF for a meal and for a dessert. Both times I have come away disappointed and once time the cheesecake was actually frozen. I don't understand all the fuss about this place..people act like there is no where else to eat in town. Juniors cheesecake has spoiled me for life and cheesecake factory cheesecake doesn't even taste like cheesecake. But I see families ordering slices of cake for each family memeber at $7 a pop - good for them. This is one bandwagon I won't be a part of.

    2. I like the food at CF and absolutely welcome the huge portions (the better for making two meals with), but I agree with you on the cheesecake. It's definitely too light -- you're right about it feeling and tasting too whipped. We have Publix supermarkets in Florida that make much better cheesecakes at their in-store bakeries. Not as many fancy varieties as the Factory, but tastier in that rich, thick, classic New York style, and MUCH cheaper.

      1. I liked it but didn't love it

        1. I'm a big believer that CF's cheesecake is all about quantity over quality. Even the most basic homemade cheesecake is far superior to what you can get at CF, IMO.

          1. I totally agree with you sbp. CF is totally missing the mark on how to make a good cheesecake. I admit that I too have been spoiled by Juniors and the dealy missed Michelle Lorie's but even my home made cheesecakes fare much better than CF. I don't get the crowds...it's like there is a craziness that takes over. They can't possibly be going in for the food and why are they willing to wait so long for it? This just baffles me.

            1. I've had their cheesecake - eh! I've had a lunch there with friends, eh.! My best experience with cheesecake (aside from my wife's made at home) is from the Nuns of New Skete in Cambridge NY - to die for!

              1. I don't know how long it's been since all of you have had Junior's cheesecake, but it's now beyond dreadful! and has been that way for quite some time.
                Much better cheesecake can be found at pretty much any neighborhood bakery.

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                1. re: Tay

                  I was going to respond and say that on my recent trip to NYC we ate at Juniors. I remember telling my boyfriend the cheesecake tasted like Cheesecake Factory cheesecake. Not bad, not amazing.

                  I've never had the original CF cheesecake. I like the banana (tastes like rich banana pudding) and the fudge sundae cheesecake. I guess it's hard to mess anything up with the right toppings.

                2. Many of us who go to CF get a specialty cheesecake. I'm a fan Adams Peanut Butter Cup Fudge Ripple, for example. I like the Godiva too. I not all that fond of regular cheesecake. If you think of Adams as a cheesecake-shaped dessert, rather than as cheesecake, you won't make the error of comparing it to a cheesecake.

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                  1. re: aynrandgirl

                    aynrandgirl, I was just going to make a similar observation - if you get anything other than plain cheesecake (which, with all their options, is a good possibility), you don't taste the cheesecake part anyway. I don't eat it often from the calorie perspective, but when I do, I get something like the peanut butter cup cheesecake and just think of it as dessert, not really "cheesecake", per se.

                    1. re: aynrandgirl

                      I really like their turtle cheesecake, although I rarely go to a cheesecake factory, but the safe eaters sometimes like it. I don't think I have ever had their plain one. I normally get something rather "exotic" in the cheesecake spectrum. After reading this post if I go back, I won't be trying regular any time soon. But I kind of like the whipped cheesecake with other stuff it makes the richness of the other stuff not so overwhelming. But definitely not comparable to real cheesecake.