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Cheesecake Factory--What to order?

I know that the Cheesecake Factory is a chain and therefore repulsive to many on this board. But I love food and happen to love the Cheesecake Factory. We have none in Michigan but enjoy them in our travels to Chicago, Las Vegas and Ft Lauderdale.
Love most of their soups and salads, sandwiches and pastas. Especially like the chicken madiera and the wonderful mashed potatoes and gravy. Will be enjoying the Vegas location next week.
My dilemna is this: the menu is so big--there's so many choices and so little time.
What's your favorite?

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  1. I usually only go to The Cheesecake Factory for lunch, so I can tell you all the salads are inviting, fresh and enough for two to share. The dressings are a little sweet and heavy normally for my tastes, but for a change, I do not mind them at all. I usualy order the Chinese Chicken, Sante Fe or Cobb Salads and have never been disappointed.

    As for appetizers, they all sound great, but some fall short of delivery in their seasonings. I would caution you against them persuading you into ordering a combination of hot apps. These are the ones I feel are only mediocre. The Fire Roasted Artichoke and Lettuce Wraps are fun items if you do not mind eating with your hands.

    I've never had, but my son loves the Tons of Fun Burger....it's a quality version of the Mac Donalds Big Mac. I normally never order chicken dishes, but I like the way the CF does their Roast Chicken and Sautee Breast dishes. I believe their chicken is organic only if that is important to you.

    It's one of the better chain restaurants in my opinion. They also have a concept called The Grand Lux Cafe...a little nicer with the same kind of menu....only smaller.

    6 Replies
    1. re: fourunder

      Fourunder, thanks for your help. I have also enjoyed the Grand Lux Cafe in Vegas.

      1. re: SASSYMI2

        Sassy,

        I've never had the Chicken Madeira @ CF, but I have tasted it @ Grand Lux........

        They make it better than any Italian Restaurant I have ever had it in NY and NJ and that's some pretty big shoes to fill. The one dinner I do remember having, I ordered the Barbecued Beef Ribs. My recommendation is to pass on them.

        Enjoy and good luck

        1. re: fourunder

          I hear you about the BEEF RIBS..
          I've had them twice; the 1st time I really liked them, then I had them months later, thought they were pretty decent, but not worth the 25 bucks or so...

      2. re: fourunder

        I love the TONS OF FUN burger, as well !!
        Like you said, it's a "quality version of a Big Mac"...

        1. re: ellen4441

          I haven't been to the Cheesecake Factory in a while, but my nephew recently went and said the Tons Fun Burger was no longer on the menu. If that's so, hopefully they will make it on special request.

          1. re: fourunder

            oh no, that sux !!
            I hate when a place takes a fav. item of mine off the menu...
            (often that's the case when I notice "beef" ribs are extinct from a menu, due to low demand)

            I was pissed when Damon's took their 1/2 chicken off the menu for awhile..

      3. I've only eaten there once but I had a salad and enjoyed it.
        from the menu:

        FRENCH COUNTRY SALAD
        Mixed Greens, Grilled Asparagus, Fresh Beets, Goat Cheese and Candied Pecans

        I found this on the appetizer salad menu but as I recall, it was large enough that 2 of us split it and then each had a dessert. Plenty.

        1. I've been there a few times, and I can say that for an app, I really dig the "Tex-Mex Egg Rolls." Other than that, I can't say anything I've had was good, but those t-mex egg rolls were crave worthy. If they are still on the menu, get em!

          1. shepard's pie!! it's really the most deliciously seasoned version i've ever had. i find the "traditional" version rather bland. cheesecake factory adds lots of nice savory spices, a good medley of veggies, and great potatoes. it also has a nice rosemary flavor that is very comforting. this dish is the only reasons i go.

            1. Chicken potstickers, buffalo blasts....and pretty much anything they have for dessert. I'm partial to the Coconut Cream Pie Cheesecake.