The Cheesecake Factory Restaurant USA Review
My First Trip to The Cheesecake Factory – America’s Favorite Restaurant is nothing but incredible.
At the top of my list is there’s an enormous menu to choose from.
The portions are HUGE, American size.
As for The Cheesecake Factory’s Cheesecake–the selection is mind-blowing!
The best part is that almost everybody gets their Cheesecake to eat the minute they sit down.
Except for the girl who couldn’t decide and was searching for the Oreo Dream Extreme Cheesecake.
Everyone and their mom loves The Cheesecake Factory.
America’s favorite restaurant has over 180 locations, over 250 menu options, and around 70 rotating kinds of Cheesecake to appreciate!
I remember my friend Farhana tell me that one stop we are traveling to is The Cheesecake Factory Restaurant.
My mind zoomed in on the word factory–so I had to see for myself the excitement!
Was The Cheesecake Factory going to live up to my super excitement and expectations?
I expected to go to an industrial building that makes Cheesecake–I was hoping for a Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory experience.
The Cheesecake Factory Atmosphere
The Cheesecake Factory interiors pay homage to the ’80s-era glitz and glamor with mirrors, Egyptian marble columns, wood paneling, and palm trees.
The interiors come together spectacularly in a weirdly charming way for the casual chain restaurant and its enormous food portions.
I walked into the secret chambers of its gold-hued, dimly lit dark-wood opulence.
Before entering, I read its romance novel-length menu with breathless candor.
It is hard to narrow down my selection for food when my mind was spiraling at the thought of devouring cheesecakes.
Founder David Overton started the Cheesecake Factory with one aim in mind.
Overton wanted to serve notoriously huge portions of food that appeals to the “palate of the common man.”
He preferred dark booths you can sink into and walls stained colors your home is not.
The Cheesecake Factory’s lavish interior design puts different epochs on display–a brilliant mishmash stretching from ancient Egypt and the Victorian age pulled together with the glorious tone.
The Cheesecake Factory illustrates how a restaurant concept repeated over decades resists the progression of time.
The interiors still have an interesting mix of design elements–that you can add a little more glitz, and it would still work well.
The one design element that people immediately notice is the Egyptian-style columns that looked weirdly like palm trees with palm fronds at the top.
Nothing matters more to me than the bakery area when you first enter the restaurant.
The biggest draw was not the opulent interiors but the showcases that held the same number of cheesecakes, no matter where the restaurant was located.
I believe part of the charm of The Cheesecake Factory is the dim, shadowy corners where I could shield my face as I ate a 5,000-calorie meal.
For the first time in my life – I did quick math while choosing what to order for dinner.
Like my Singaporean friends, I had “kiasu” thoughts–I better order my Cheesecake if they sold it out after my meal!
We whispered to ourselves.
- Lemon Meringue!
- Pumpkin Pecan!
- Pineapple Upside Down!
- Cinnabon Swirl!
- Toasted Marshmallow S’ more!
- Adam’s Peanut Butter Cup Fudge Ripple Cheesecake!
I didn’t care who Adam was, but I sure was having his Cheesecake!
The staff promptly escorted us to our table.
The Cheesecake Factory seating arrangement
I made sure that I sat away from any mirror.
While I secretly gloat inside, I figured I didn’t want to catch glimpses of my stuffing my face with Cheesecake.
The Cheesecake Factory menu
The menu must have at least 20 pages.
I browsed over the “Skinny” menu.
Life’s too short, and I’ll probably never going skinny dipping–and the cuisine had a lot of options.
There is something for everyone!
So, if you come with a sizeable group and everybody loved to eat something different or have divergent tastes–no problem.
Everyone chose their food except me.
I couldn’t figure out what I wanted to eat.
- Cheese Burgers
I couldn’t decide.
First-world problem–an explosion of choice makes having a lot of options sucks.
I remember listening to Psychologist Barry Schwartz offering startling insight into modern life.
With so many choices, people find it arduous to choose at all – it produces paralysis rather than liberation.
Finally, I pushed myself to overcome the paralysis and make a choice (so hard, and it’s’ just ordering from the menu).
Was I happy with my choice?
I ended up less satisfied, so it had to, say, ten items to choose from.
Yes, The Cheesecake Factory has this effect on the strongest of us glutton.
Since we wouldn’t order all the items on the menu, we become overwhelmed.
Yes, we were inundated with food choices.
There is a first for everything in life.
Mine is ordering food.
The Cheesecake Factory appetizers
I could live on The Cheesecake Factory’s famed brown bread.
It was that good and delicious.
I looked at my dining companions.
Was I just hungry or greedy?
I was hoarding brown bread and planning aloud that maybe I could have a little of it for dessert!
I was eyeing the number of slices left in the basket as I wolfed down my bread slice.
The Cheesecake Factory main course
We had so many items to share.
It felt like we all overate at a buffet by the time they sent the Cheesecakes over.
At the end of the meal, I almost had no room left to eat Cheesecake!
Which kind of sucks!
Since I daydreamed about my dining experience for months before my trip, I was almost disappointed.
I gave up punching on my food calculator–I knew I had already consumed far more calories than I could handle elegantly.
But I couldn’t leave without having Cheesecake at The Cheesecake Factory!
Adam’s Peanut Butter Cup Fudge Ripple Cheesecake!
Plus, a spoonful of everyone else’s slice of wonderful, decadent, delicious Cheesecake!
After that, I remember little of the car ride back to our Airbnb.
The sugar probably kicked in, and I sleepwalked back to bed in a sugar coma.
The Cheesecake Factory Review
The Cheesecake Factory is a casual restaurant that tempts customers into an excited orgy of indulgence after plate after a giant plate of calorie-dense food.
While it’s easy to poke fun at excesses at The Cheesecake Factory, I need to say that the food is fresh and the cooking spot on and delicious.
It is only my greed that makes this borderline incident profound.
I loved The Cheesecake Factory, and given the excitement of the first adventure when the order was over the top–I would appreciate a revisit for a dinner date.
Next time, we will order a small entrée, one main, and a Cheesecake slice to share.
Appetizers $7.50-$16.50; pastas $14.95-$22.50; seafood and steaks $17.50-$32.50
The Cheesecake Factory at The Galleria
5015 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77056, United States