Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Manufacturing A Good Dinner at the Cheesecake Facotry?

Cheesecake Factory
1141 Newport Center Drive
Newport Beach, CA 92660

I admit it, I like the Cheesecake Factory. I know a lot of you out there do not think it is good, or that you can make better things at home, that the menu is too big, and so on. I have always liked the Cheesecake Factory, I like big menus, and the food has always been good for me. Hopefully this trip will be the same.

Chris and Adrienne wanted to meet up with us, and since they had a gift card for Cheesecake Factory that is where we headed. It might be a sign that the economy is turning around, or this might be a busy location for the Cheesecake Factory, but we had to wait about thirty minutes. Of course it was a Saturday night, at seven, so maybe we just hit their rush hour. On to the food!

Here is a shot of their famous bread basket. I am in the minority here, because I like their sourdough bread better than their brown bread. I know I am out numbered on this hot topic of the day, because they bring you two loaves of the brown bread and only one of the sourdough. That is fine with me, because I get the sourdough all to myself.

Our first appetizer choice was the Avocado Eggrolls. Avocado, sun dried tomatoes, onion and cilantro are fried in a wrapper, and served with a tamarind-cashew dipping sauce. If you like avocado this appetizer is for you. The creaminess of the avocado was great, and the sauce really is paired well with this starter.

For the second appetizer we got the Fried Macaroni and Cheese. Four breaded macaroni and cheese balls served with a creamy marinara sauce. These were good, but when you opened them they did not have a lot of macaroni inside, it was really just a lot of cheese in them. Not bad, but not great either.

Adrienne chose to get the Santa Fe Salad. This salad is comprised of mixed greens, chicken, tortilla strips, black beans, corn, green onions, and cilantro. The dressing that goes with this salad is a spicy peanut-cilantro vinaigrette. Adrienne liked this salad, but did not rave about it. I did not get a chance to try it.

Chris ordered the Chicken Marsala and Mushrooms. Oh wait, you do not see any mushrooms on this dish? It's because he ordered it without them, to keep the peace with his wife. Adrienne does not like them,  (what a good husband!).  Anyways, this dish is served on a bed of bow tie pasta, with a chicken breast and a marsala sauce. I tried a bite of this and thought it was a little plain tasting, the mushrooms would have helped out here a lot.

Sorry these pictures are so blurry, it was really dark where we were sitting. So Katie opted to get the Crusted Chicken Romano. She felt that the breading on the chicken was too salty, but the pasta was cooked perfectly. I liked the light tomato sauce, but I wish there was more of it.

For my entree I got the Cheesecake Factory's most popular chicken dish, the Chicken Madeira. This tasty chicken dish is topped with asparagus, melted cheese and mushrooms. The madeira sauce on this is really good, and the four pounds of mashed potatoes that come with this is equally as good. Very good dish. 

 The Cheesecake Factory has a huge menu that everyone can eventually find something to their tastes. I have had their burgers, and other chicken dishes before, and really liked them all. We got cheesecake on this trip and found that to be good as well. I am not much of a cheesecake guy, but this had a smoothness to it, that is not like other cheesecakes. The service was pretty good, for as busy as they were.

Out of five Golden Girls, (because cheesecake was the Golden Girls favorite late night snack), five being best to zero being worst, Cheesecake Factory gets 3 Golden Girls.

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