The Cheesecake Factory - other than cheesecake

Here is a thread for what else is good at TCF. The menu is gigantic, so guidance may be helpful on those occasions when a group chooses the restaurant because its members have divergent tastes and everyone can find SOMETHING on the menu that they will/can eat.

While repair work is done at my house, I am staying in a hotel room with a kitchenette, cooking sometimes and other times taking the opportunity to get delivery from restaurants at a nearby mall. I had rarely eaten at The Cheesecake Factory, and was surprised at how good the mushroom cheeseburger is, with its fontina and caramelized onion. It’s enormous of course, so I am glad I ordered a side salad rather than fries. No room for either, but the salad was a better thing the next day than microwave-reheated fries would have been. Chicken Riesling - pieces of bonelrss, skinless breast with bacon, shrooms, and onion in a garlicky wine sauce, over parmesan-topped buttered pasta, was TRULY superb. Their huge portion of meatloaf (easily enough for three meals) is topped with an ample amount of caramelized onion and is tasty if perhaps overly salted for my salt-averse palate. It comes with chunky mashed skin-on red potatoes, and buttered corn which has a few strings of silk, indicating it is not canned or frozen.


I don’t know if they still have them on the menu (it’s been quite some time since I’ve visited a CF), but they used to have chicken stuffed tortillas with black beans and corn cakes that I thought was pretty darn tasty for a chain restaurant with such an extensive menu.

Bread basket

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The bread is awesome.

I always liked a scampi over linguini thing they had. Like many others here, I haven’t been at a CF in a dog’s age.

The chocolate blackout cake does what it says on the tin, if super-fudgey death-by-chocolate is your jam. I’ve never cared for cheesecake.

We went in Denver in April. I always like the southwest chicken salad. The dressing is nom.

I haven’t been in years, but I’ve never had bad food or cheesecake in any location, it’s always been delicious, in fact. I love the Chicken Madeira, so good, always leftovers to take home too. Once in Sacramento, with my parents and DD1, after a long stormy weather day, couldn’t decide collectively what we wanted to eat; my dad wanted comfort food, another wanted Mexican, etc., we passed a Cheesecake Factory, and voila, decision made. Everyone got what they wanted, and everybody was happy! Win win.


I’ve lived here now for 5 years and did not know there was one in town.

Out by the mall, natch.

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There’s one in Roseville Galleria.

Always packed.


For me, this is the biggest drawback of CF. I think all across the board, their food is adequate and sometimes pretty ok. The portion size is ridiculous and is either (1) contributing to the obesity epidemic or (2) the food waste/landfill space one.

But the worst is that it seems to be the lowest common denominator place, where although you can get a better rendition somewhere of almost anything they make, they are just so darn consistent and pleasing to large groups with varied tastes that you can rarely get in without waiting an hour. For only ok food.

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I’m convinced that’s why they’re always located in/near malls.

Here’s your buzzer. Go shop for an hour.

Or pedestrian outdoor walking promenade type settings.

I loved this:

I got my friend a gift certificate there (at her request) while she is going through a health crisis. She said it was just the comforting thing.


I feel the same way about the local McD’s, CFA or Wendy’s drive-thrus around lunch or dinner time.

There’s obviously a market for both to exist successfully.

If a shopping center had a Chick-Fil-A, an In N Out, and a Dutch Brothers, the entire place would look like the parking lot of your local car dealership.

Must have been lucky, since I’ve never had to wait more than 5-10 minutes, if at all.

Such an interesting read! Thanks!

I had two different jobs near a Cheesecake Factory that no longer exists. In both jobs we used it for lunch celebrations several times a year because everyone could find something they liked, including me. And it wasn’t too expensive. But I have not eaten at one for many years.


For a lighter meal, though I’m sure most people would save it for a ‘better’ place, they do a Thai Lettuce Wrap dish that was pretty good when I had it last.

I also like the Thai lettuce wraps.

I noticed on the delivery menu that the sourdough loaf and wheat baguette are available for $3.50 each. I ordered the latter, a good price for a 20" baguette of that girth. Delish!

If you join the restaurant’s club (no charge) one of the benefits is being able to make online reservations. Also $10 off the first time you visit as a member, and a free slice on your birthday. What’s not to like?