Saturday, February 20, 2010

Light Bulb!!

I don't know why I didn't think of this before. I should start reviewing restaurants that I dine at. My two favorite hobbies are movies and eating/food. I have missed so many opportunities with all the times I've eaten out over the past 8 months. I am very disappointed in myself to say the least. I definitely need more reviews-you-can't-use on this here blog. This post will be my first review of a restaurant. I will try and put a different spin on things, because that's what I'm about.

Nicole (my fiance) and I ventured off to The Cheesecake Factory for a late lunch, early dinner combo, it was around 4 o'clock. If you are not familiar with The Cheesecake Factory it is an eating establishment known for their famous french fries and root beer. Actually I'm lying, if you can't figure out what they are famous for then you need more help than our economy.

I want to say that it was my 3rd time eating there but I might be off by one. First I want to tell you what I don't like about this place and probably the only thing. The tables are a little too close together. It feels like I'm eating lunch at my High School cafeteria. When we were first seated we were stuck between two other tables with guests already dining. I immediately asked if we could have a more private table. The waiter said sure, there is one in the other room. It was more private, instead of being between two other parties, we had one table to one side and a half a wall to our other. You win some and you lose some. Luckily the people sitting beside us weren't loud and obnoxious. The only thing odd about them is that they didn't order any dessert, how can you go to a restaurant known for famous desserts and not get any? Boggles my mind. That's a fun game: boggle, ever play?

Nicole had the carbonara and I had the bang-bang chicken and shrimp. Both entrees get 2 thumbs up for tastiness and presentation. The dinner is good but the cheesecake is why I go here. The past 2 times I got chocolate chip cookie dough and peanut butter cheesecake which were both very rich and flavorful. This time I went with something simple, I got the original cheesecake with strawberries. Mmmmmmmmmmmmm!! So smooth and creamy you want to savor every last bite. It gives your taste buds an orgasm. I brought the leftovers home, of course, what else would I do with them? Give them to a homeless guy? Let him get his own cheesecake. I had a few bites about a half hour ago (by the way it's 4:30 in the morning) and I think it tasted even better.

If you live somewhere that doesn't have a Cheesecake Factory then I strongly urge you to move or visit a friend that lives near one. If you live near a Cheesecake Factory and you have never been then shame on you. What the hell are you waiting for? Dinner for 2 with appetizer and 2 cheesecakes cost $57 plus tip. If you were wondering, Nicole got the white chocolate macadamia nut with caramel cheesecake or some arrangement of those words.

Wow, this post was a lot longer than anticipated. I will try and trim it down next time. I hope this review wasn't helpful.


Anonymous said...

I am not a huge fan of CF. They use Sysco for most of their ingredients. Now, they do use the premium Sysco product called "Imperial" but it is not fresh. I agree with the seating, they cram as many people in there as possible and I find it loud and distracting. The portions are ludicrous. Way over what the FDA reccomends as a portion and so it is easy to really end up eating a 1200 calorie meal. The menu is so huge! I would rather go to a smaller place that specializes in a type of cuisine than dealing with book (menu) they give you. The food is okay and the cheesecake is so so. I have really had better cheesecake at this little deli that gets it from NYC. I am glad you guys liked it so much, though! I know a lot of people do. I love the idea of you reviewing eateries, though. Great idea!:)
Bon appetit!

TS Hendrik said...

My aunt sent me a gift card for the Cheesecake Factory like two years ago. 25 bucks. The last time I checked the closest one is an hour away. So I could either spend my own money to buy someone else food or drive an hour to eat alone in a cheesecake factory. I can only assume she did this on purpose.

Quite enjoyed your review though, love the random thoughts that filter through like Boggle. And yes I've played. It's awesome.

Love the blog.

California Keys said...

I always feel like a sardine in a can when I go to Cheesecake Factory.... The cheesecake is pretty good, but for 6 dollars for a slice of cheesecake, I'd rather make it myself.

The Man-Cave said...

I like the Cheesecake Factory a lot. My wofe and I were going to go this time last week but bailed when we were informed of a 2+ hour wait. The food is good though.

Golden Girl said...

everyone is a hater here. just enjoy it jeez why critique it so much