Factory Food


Do you need another minute with the menu?”

The answer was yes, but I didn’t want to admit it. The Curmudgeonly Lion and I had gone out to dinner at The Cheesecake Factory to celebrate our anniversary, and the menu was a mighty tome of small print and laminated pages. Not only was I going to need another minute, I was probably going to need Cliff’s Notes as a weekly study group before I’d be able to make an informed judgement call about an appetizer, much less an entree.

We’d selected the Cheesecake Factory for our dining pleasure based on the fact that we had a gift card. We’d gotten it at Christmas and had brb saving it for a special enough occasion to use it. An anniversary seemed like as good a reason as any.

If I’m being perfectly honest, I’d never been to a Cheesecake Factory before. Neither cheesecake nor factory sounded appealing to me although I was perfectly aware that this was an upscale chain of large portions and decadent, overseasoned meals. I’d once read that nearly everything on the menu at a Cheesecake Factory had been loaded with sugar to heighten the flavors to a maximum ‘bliss point’. This seemed to bear out: the drinks were sweet. The bread was sweet. The stuffed mushrooms were so sweet I had to add salt just to cut the flavor.

I was not surprised that there were menu items weighing in at 1400 calories.

As if we wanted to know. I mean, one does not go to the Cheesecake Factory for the purpose of eating light and our healthily- I would have been happy to remain ignorant of calorie counts for one evening thankyouverymuch. The cocktail menu took this one step further and included calorie counts instead of prices probably because they were fourteen dollars per drink. Yikes.

Drinks, bread, appetizer, entree: we never did make it to the cheesecake, which was fine. We both took a meal’s worth of food home with us as leftovers as it was. The bill came, and our total came in absolutely perfectly ten cents under the gift card balance, so all we had to pay was the tip. Not bad.

So I’d have to say that my first Cheesecake Factory experience was a good one, although I’m not in a hurry to go back.

~ by Gwydhar Gebien on October 12, 2018.

2 Responses to “Factory Food”

  1. I’ve never been in a Cheesecake Factory and enjoyed your review. What did you end up ordering? I still have your Mom’s recipe for the best cheesecake in the world!

    • I had the Shrimp & Andouille which was good, and he had the Shepherd’s Pie; which of course he was quick to point out to the server was actually COTTAGE pie because it was made with beef instead of lamb.

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