I’m sorry for what I’m about to say, but The Cheesecake Factory is one of the most overrated experiences you can have.
I recently visited to see if I was wrong or correct in my initial observations, and clearly it wasn’t the first.
When I arrived there was no waiting and the waitress was very polite. Unfortunately, this is the only positive thing to come out of this experience.
As I sat down and opened the menu, I immediately became overwhelmed. Looks like they tried to fit as many words as possible into their menu. The menu offers dishes ranging from egg rolls and quesadillas to southern fried chicken sliders.
Obviously The Cheesecake Factory couldn’t go to the trouble of making decisions to create an actual themed menu. Instead, they decided that a menu with over 250 dishes would do.
After flipping through the twenty-seven page menu, which excludes the signature SkinnyLicious® menu, my friends and I found an appetizer we could agree on: the hot crab and artichoke dip.
Within five minutes of our order, the waitress came to tell us that the crab and artichoke were gone as well as the spinach and artichoke dip. Fortunately there were 249 other dishes to choose from.
After a long debate that could have been avoided had the menu not been so long, we agreed on the egg roll sampler. The sample included avocado, Tex Mex, cheeseburger spring rolls, and chicken taquitos.
I then discovered that no one should ever try to Americanize Asian food, especially when trying to make a spring roll taste like a cheeseburger. It was not only an insult to Asian cuisine, but also American cuisine.
We finally ordered our entrees (four cheese pasta, salmon and chicken piccata) which could have been made for $ 5 at home and were just as good. It solidified what I already knew. I will no longer eat at the Cheesecake Factory.
Why in a prosperous city like Columbus would anyone decide to eat at The Cheesecake Factory? If you are going to spend the money on going out to eat, there are much better alternatives. I saved you the trouble and found a few suggestions myself.
Forno, located in the Far North, is a much better alternative. It has a young and energetic atmosphere which offers better food and drink. Best of all, their menu is only two pages long! They also offer weekly happy hour which makes the experience even better.
that of Marcella is another alternative. This Italian restaurant offers a clear and obvious menu. You won’t be wasting your time trying to decide what kind of food you’re in the mood for. This is another place that offers happy hour.
These are just a few of my favorite options in Columbus, as it’s 2021 and we shouldn’t have to go to an overpriced, overrated restaurant chain for a good meal.