Tuesday Taste: The Cheesecake Factory

October 24, 2017

In the past few years, Ridgedale Mall has undergone a number of dramatic change from structural renovations to the coming and going of various restaurants and businesses from the mall. Most recently, this has taken shape in the opening of The Cheesecake Factory.

With more than 200 restaurants worldwide, The Cheesecake Factory has popularized throughout the world, and for good reason.

Primarily, the restaurant epitomizes variety. With over 250 menu items, it’s easy to be overwhelmed by The Cheesecake Factory’s endless options for meals. From Chinese food to pastas to pizzas to classic American dishes, it seems as though the restaurant is casting the widest net possible so that whatever someone is craving will be available.

One of the most convenient aspects of Ridgedale’s Cheesecake Factory is the “Curbside Pick-Up.” By parking in a special spot and calling the restaurant, you don’t even have to leave your car to order food. Especially in Minnesota’s bad winters, I’m sure that this service will make dining unbelievably easy.

But this variety also comes with a consequence: it’s difficult to pinpoint what’s truly good at the restaurant. If you’re as indecisive as I am, ordering from The Cheesecake Factory can be a nightmare. I found myself trying bites of each of my family’s orders to compare them to mine.

Luckily, most of the restaurant’s dishes were somewhat appealing, if not decent. The Angel Hair with Shrimp was not too overwhelming, the Avocado Egg Rolls were a unique spin on the traditional dish, and the Cashew Chicken was pleasantly surprising.

Cheesecake Factory’s dishes, though, are notoriously large portions. None of my family was able to finish our meals, and though we tried to save leftovers, the portions can create a lot of food waste.

Though I’m an avid fan of the Chipotle, Big Bowl, and other restaurants at Ridgedale Mall, I’m glad that these food options are expanding through the Cheesecake Factory. The restaurant isn’t necessarily stunning, but its variety and convenience are sure to make it popular to the Hopkins community.

Rating: 7/10

12735 Wayzata Blvd, Minnetonka, MN 55305, located near Sears and Nordstrom

https://www.thecheesecakefactory.com/

 

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