Cheesecake Factory

cheesecake factory


The Cheesecake Factory: good, but not great.
Highlight: the beautiful mosaic tiles that decorate the interior. I had a steak (pretty good) with mashed potatoes (pretty good) and grilled baby-bok-choi (good!). For dessert, I had a strawberry cheesecake (good, not great). But then, I’m not a fan of cheesecake, so it might have been wonderful and I’m just not refined enough to know.

Mitchell said:

I’d say the Cheesecake Factory is worth it just to say you went and tried it out. (Penny asked if it was worth going to.)

June 9, 20034, Jenn said:

I went to Cheesecake Factory for the first time last weekend. I agree with Mitchell – it wasn’t great. I had the Factory Burger and although it was Angus beef, it was practically overdone. What a waste! The french bread made it difficult to eat (too hard!). If I go there again, I’ll try a plate dish instead. However, my friend’s crabcake sandwich was a winner. And this is coming from me, and I don’t eat crab (and hardly any shellfish other than shrimp). The Fabulous Chocolate Mousse Cake was….oooooohhh soooo decadent. I loved it. I’m not a cheesecake person – I’ll take a taste and I’ve tasted a few of CF’s cheesecakes but I won’t order one. I’ve heard the best time to beat the line is between 4 – 5:30-ish.

June 9, 2004, Reid said:

I also went to Cheesecake Factory with Penny and Larrilynn. I don’t normally like places like this because the food is not that good, and over-pricesd, but I enjoyed the food. The portions were pretty good, too. I had the pasta with bacon and chicken. Larrilynn had a steak and I can’t remember what Penny had, but it looked good. The calamari appetizer was also pretty good, too.

The chocolate cakes are huge, rich and dense. I enjoyed it.

7 Responses to “Cheesecake Factory”

  1. Reid

    Here are pictures from a recent visit:


    Cheesecake Factory offers several steak dishes, and this is one Penny got, but I can’t remember which one. If I remember correctly, it came with a corn succotash. I don’t remember trying it, so I can’t comment.


    We shared this pizza, which, as you can see, is basically a “supreme” style. My impression of the restaurant is that whatever you get will be pretty good. While the pizza wasn’t bad, I’d say it was mediocre. I’d recommend getting something else.


    Larri got this, and I don’t think it was that good (although she’s ordered this several times).

  2. Reid


    I ordered this, and it wasn’t that great; it was watery, as if they included a lot of the water the pasta was boiled in.


    Here is picture of the chocolate fudge cake (they have one or two versions) and a carrot cake. The fudge cake tastes pretty good and it’s a huge portion. I recall the carrot cake being just OK.


    Here are the various cheesecakes they offer.


    I can’t remember which salad this was.

  3. Reid

    This the chicken piccata dish.

    This is the chicken white bean chili ($12). I like white beans, and this was zesty and just what I expected.

    Vegetable Cobb salad. The cooked vegetables were par-boiled (?) and kinda bland. The dressing (a vinagrette) wasn’t that great either.

    This was the Louisana chicken pasta, a spicy dish. I think Penny liked this.

    This was the turkey on toasted brioche smothered in a cheese sauce and bacon. Larri didn’t like it as the sauce made the bread soggy and was rich and overpowering.

    Apple streusel cheesecake. I really like apple pie a la mode, and I was surprised how much I liked this. The cheesecake seemed to be a more than adequate substitute for vanilla ice cream. The streusel is not crunchy, but it’s still good.

    I think this is called the chocolate tuxedo cheesecake. It has a layer of dark chocolate and a layer of chocolate mousse with the cheesecake. It was OK, but a little too soft.

    Here’s the fudge brownie cheesecake. I didn’t think this would be as good as it was. Again, the cheesecake served as a nice substitute for the vanilla ice cream.

    This is the lemoncello cheesecake (or something to that effect). I really love this one. It has more “cake” than “cheese” but I still like it. You can get this at Sam’s or Costco sans the strawberries and not as thick.

  4. Reid

    Larri and I finally got a chance to try the Sunday brunch. The verdict? Disappointing–at least what we had. We got the waffles with pecans, strawberries and chantilly cream. I couldn’t taste the chantilly because there wasn’t much of it (or the flavor was non-existent). The waffles were also some of the worst I’ve eaten.

    We ordered a Southwestern burrito type breakfast–with eggs, potatoes, chicken chorizo with a tomatillo sauce. This was the best thing. It was good, but not something you’d go out of your way to try.

    Finally, we also shared the crab hash–which was basically shredded crab with various peppers, poached eggs and hollandaise sauce. Not bad, but kinda disappointing, too.

  5. gregg

    sorry i’m too lazy to give the kind of depth you guys have for your reviews but…
    i don’t know if they have it over there, but here they have a red velvet cheesecake that i really like. layers of red velvet cake and cheesecake, mm, mm, good! caution: one slice has 1500 calories!

    i also really like the strawberry shortcake. the shortcake is not something that i would want to order but i tried someone else’s and i liked it a lot. now it’s one of my favorites i think. something about the salty-sweet biscuit-like flavor of the shortcake is great with the strawberries and ice cream.

    not that we go there that often but if i were to eat there, i’d usually choose one of these two for dessert.

  6. Reid


    Have you tried the fudge brownie cheesecake? See the picture above. It’s killer.

  7. gregg

    no, but next time i go, i might try it. but of course it’ll be hard not to get a red velvet cheesecake or strawberry shortcake since it’s been a while…

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