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Why do we allow The Cheesecake Factory to exist?

Overpriced. Unhealthy. Subpar food. Pseudo-upscale. Long wait times.

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by Anonymousreply 84Last Sunday at 5:59 PM

It's very popular but I've only eaten there once years ago. Expensive and the food was nothing special.

by Anonymousreply 1Last Thursday at 10:19 PM

And those decorations!

by Anonymousreply 2Last Thursday at 10:24 PM

I thought they announced they were going to stop paying rent. Bankruptcy? I'm sure they were one of the ones that benefitted the most from the relief package and snatched all the funds away from the intended small business owners

by Anonymousreply 3Last Thursday at 10:25 PM

Upscale? Oh, honey.

by Anonymousreply 4Last Thursday at 10:26 PM

R1 jealousy

by Anonymousreply 5Last Thursday at 10:28 PM

R4 pseu·do /ˈso͞odō/ Learn to pronounce INFORMAL adjective not genuine; spurious or sham.

by Anonymousreply 6Last Thursday at 10:29 PM

Love Cheesecake Factory 😋

by Anonymousreply 7Last Thursday at 10:30 PM

OP, places like Olive Garden, Applebee's, and Cheesecake Factory need to exist, if only to keep the frauen, their husbands and their vile crotch fruit away from the good restaurants.

by Anonymousreply 8Last Thursday at 10:38 PM

Oh lord, it's been a million years. Maybe it was in Pasadena?

Anyway, if you're just trying to grab a sandwich and that's where you are, it's fine. I think it was loud and the menu was a novel and the cheesecake was... I can't remember. I'm sure it was fine, I'd remember if I hated it.

by Anonymousreply 9Last Thursday at 10:38 PM

“Pseudo upscale”, OP? Really?

by Anonymousreply 10Last Thursday at 10:43 PM

Common definitions of words are hard...

by Anonymousreply 11Last Thursday at 10:46 PM

I bet the waitstaff work like fiends but make out like bandits - or at least there did...

by Anonymousreply 12Last Thursday at 10:51 PM

R12, the one time I was taken to one with three other friends it was a very busy night, one of my friends had his iPhone on the table when 3 or 4 servers arrived with our dinner and hurried away, and the iPhone had disappeared. He called the police but nothing could be done about it, no one could remember who the servers were and they were at our table for less than a minute.

by Anonymousreply 13Last Thursday at 11:07 PM

I almost had a heart attack when I looked at the nutrition content of the items.

by Anonymousreply 14Last Thursday at 11:59 PM

Every inch of a Cheesecake Factory is under video surveillance. Frozen cheesecake from a central commissary, by the way. One positive thing about them is that their absurdly expansive menu introduces new items/cuisines to rubes, i.e. pad thai.

by Anonymousreply 15Last Friday at 12:05 AM

Blame Americans' immature palates, not the establishments that cater to those baby tastes.

by Anonymousreply 16Last Friday at 12:06 AM

So OP decides if something exists or not? Holy shit such power.

by Anonymousreply 17Last Friday at 12:48 AM

They exist so we can marvel at the incredibly kitsch yet pleasing design

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by Anonymousreply 18Last Friday at 2:14 AM

I hear you, OP.

It's right up there with child slavery, female genital mutilation and using 'gift' as a verb.

by Anonymousreply 19Last Friday at 2:39 AM

Sometimes people want a Vegas version of Applebee's.

by Anonymousreply 20Last Friday at 2:59 AM

Reading r19 reminds me that they probably have several menu items that list "veggies" as an ingredient.

I only went once, back in the 20th century, to the one in Chevy Chase. I got in an argument with the waitress over the correct pronunciation of "bruschetta." She kept saying "brooSHEHtuh" over and over, not willing to admit her wrongness. I never went back.

by Anonymousreply 21Last Friday at 3:01 AM

Interesting, R18, to see the Cheesecake Factory architectural aesthetic. Its base is a soffrito of gilded WIlly Wonka Factory, pared down Trader Vic's, and plumped up, Po-Mo'ed ancient ruins, lightened up for the modern heiffer with hand-painted sprigs and delicate floral arabesques and Neo-Grec anthemia, a nod to Chagall's ceiling at the Ópera Garnier, and the to Maxfield Parrish's King Cole Bar mural at the St. Regis, all glazed over with amber washes recalling recalling the Tuscan light of a Frances Mayes novel.

I've never been in a Cheesecake Factory, though have seen herds of people anxiously awaiting their tables. The closest I have come was walking by one in Chicago (N. Michigan Ave.( where, from the sidewalk, you can look down to the outdoor dining area. I have never seen such enormous plates and portions From 20+ feet above they were clearly gigantic piles of food on almost cafeteria sized tray-plates. I was so startled I stood there a long time staring.

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by Anonymousreply 22Last Friday at 3:05 AM

I immediately walk out of any restaurant where the waiter can't pronounce the dishes.

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by Anonymousreply 23Last Friday at 3:05 AM

I don't even know what the fuck that is.

by Anonymousreply 24Last Friday at 3:06 AM

sorry but I really like the chicken madeira

by Anonymousreply 25Last Friday at 3:42 AM

It only serves as a place for the deplorables to go and stuff their fat faces, far away from me.

by Anonymousreply 26Last Friday at 4:28 AM

The same queens berating The Cheesecake Factory and its clientele as being tasteless, low class trash are the same queens seen crawling on the floor of their local ABS, ass up and pre-lubed, waiting for any and all takers.

You know it's true, bitches.

by Anonymousreply 27Last Friday at 4:34 AM

I kind of like Grand Lux Café though 😳

by Anonymousreply 28Last Friday at 4:43 AM

Such snooty queens. It's an okay restaurant. Not worth waiting more than five minutes to get a table, but okay. It's menu is large enough to have some decent things. No one ever claimed its "fine dining."

by Anonymousreply 29Last Friday at 5:08 AM

OP, you start your list of negatives about the restaurant that are convincing enough for someone to disregard it. But then what’s funny is the last one: “long wait times.”

So you’ve overlooked the kitschiness, the not upscale, unhealthy food made from cheap ingredients and now you’re outraged over having to wait too long for something you shouldn’t have started waiting for in the first place?

by Anonymousreply 30Last Friday at 5:15 AM

The food is terrible and such small portions.

by Anonymousreply 31Last Friday at 5:21 AM

The thawed cheesecakes are so heavily made with cheap gelatin, that it really should be called Jello Factory

by Anonymousreply 32Last Friday at 5:22 AM

OP probably meant to use a word like "faux" (as in: faux upscale). It'd be nice to see people provide a correct alternative to the word(s) being misused, mispronunciated, (R21), or misspelled, instead of just bringing up that it's incorrect. (Bruschetta: BrooSKETtuh NOT broo-shet-tah). At least use call outs as an opportunity to educate people going forward.

by Anonymousreply 33Last Friday at 6:05 AM

Their menu is like reading War & Peace.

by Anonymousreply 34Last Friday at 6:34 AM

It never occurred to me, r33, that anyone on Datalounge would fail to know the correct pronunciation of bruschetta (brooSKETtah). I'll keep your advice in mind. Thank you.


by Anonymousreply 35Last Friday at 6:38 AM

WE don't ALLOW restaurants to exist.

YOU should get over yourself.

by Anonymousreply 36Last Friday at 6:43 AM

We used to go there for work events a lot in the 90s - I really liked their portobello mushroom sandwich

by Anonymousreply 37Last Friday at 6:46 AM

I think I visited one once way back. Found it to be mediocre at best. As a general rule I dislike chain eateries.

by Anonymousreply 38Last Friday at 6:46 AM

Queens who correct other people’s pronunciation are the worst.

by Anonymousreply 39Last Friday at 7:09 AM

Really, r39? You'd rather go through life saying "brooSHETtah" instead of "brooSKETtah"? Suit your own damned self.

by Anonymousreply 40Last Friday at 7:14 AM

It's theme food. I hate theme food restaurants.

by Anonymousreply 41Last Friday at 7:17 AM

"Factory" is the operative word.

by Anonymousreply 42Last Friday at 7:28 AM

foreign food words mangled by a yankee (who is trying) in an industrial chain restaurant, is part of the limited charm on the offer at such eateries. The decor is industrial ersatz as well. We welcome crumbs of pleasure if forced to endure the experience.

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by Anonymousreply 43Last Friday at 7:33 AM

Sorry but I LOVE their grilled salmon.

by Anonymousreply 44Last Friday at 7:36 AM

R44 We have to stop apologizing for who we are !

by Anonymousreply 45Last Friday at 7:40 AM

OP if you don’t like it, don’t eat there. Nobody is forcing you. Why do you give a shit where your next door neighbor Karen eats?

by Anonymousreply 46Last Friday at 7:41 AM

Enormous portions equals enormous bms

by Anonymousreply 47Last Friday at 7:44 AM

Never been there.

Never will

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by Anonymousreply 49Last Friday at 7:53 AM

I take all my first dates to Cheesecake Factory. They are beautiful inside with cozy, romantic booths. The food is expensive, but I don't mind splurging to impress my dates.

by Anonymousreply 50Last Friday at 7:58 AM

The food is terrible and such huge portions.

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by Anonymousreply 52Last Friday at 9:44 AM

We love letting our kids run all over the Cheesecake Factory after church while we stuff our faces with defrosted cheesecake!

by Anonymousreply 53Last Friday at 9:50 AM

On the flip side, they have everything you can think of on the menu. You can take the pickiest eater there. They have fresher options too, I mean salad doesn’t come out of a can? And if you are watching portions they have a lower calorie menu.

by Anonymousreply 54Last Friday at 9:50 AM

I have a feeling R50 never ends up with second dates.

by Anonymousreply 55Last Friday at 9:55 AM

To me, it's the only chain restaurant that serves edible food.

At the same time, I haven't been there in about 20 years.

by Anonymousreply 56Last Friday at 10:02 AM

Really?? Okay - wow...okay

by Anonymousreply 57Last Friday at 10:11 AM

I love Mario Batali up thread walking out of Cheesecake Factory in Friendship Heights because of how the server pronounced bruschetta. You're in a Cheesecake Factory. Get over it (and yourself).

by Anonymousreply 58Last Friday at 10:11 AM

[quote] You're in a Cheesecake Factory.

No, I'm not! And I never will be.

by Anonymousreply 59Last Friday at 10:15 AM

#1 - Immense quality control. The food is usually prepared perfectly.

#2 - The immense size of the restaurant means there's money for overstaffing as opposed to traditional chains. That's how they institute high quality control on the food that comes out of the kitchen and keep the restaurant spotless. The crazy volume also offers better deals on food products than most chains could get.

#3 Higher price points. The average entree price at CF is over 40% higher than a Chilis or Applebees. Sometimes double the price. And the cheesecake sells very well. The costs of food are probably much higher.

#4 Vegas type operations. I'm too lazy to work on elaborating this, but most chains function like big mom and pop restaurants. CF has more in common with the way a Vegas casino buffet or hotel operates.

#3 Anyone who sees C.F. food on the level of a Chilis or Fridays or Applebees is useless in terms of the conversation here. The quality of the food, and preparation is much, much higher. I go at least once a year for the Miso Salmon. It's always cooked perfectly. I got it after the NY Times said it was one of the best dishes in America and was curious. (And I never eat fish while eating out.) CF is not for someone with an adventurous palate but what you get is usually very good and much higher quality than what you'd find at any other chain. The prices reflect that. Its not cheap.

by Anonymousreply 60Last Friday at 10:21 AM

r60 lost me after "food usually prepared perfectly", not realizing that's just code for 99% of the recipes there being: Thaw, Heat, Serve.

by Anonymousreply 61Last Friday at 10:30 AM

I have only been there a few times as there’s only one within a 300 mile radius. The only offensive thing about it was the wait that is never under an hour. Otherwise the food was edible, inexpensive by the standards where I live, large portions where you can take a full meal home, and the cheesecake was good—except that it is way over the top in size and has on average about 1000 calories a slice. I could only eat a few bites of the cheesecake and took the rest home.

by Anonymousreply 62Last Friday at 10:38 AM

r8, I don't get the sexism. Were you immaculately conceived? Weren't you too once a crotch fruit? Most guys decide where to eat in hetero relationships. Why is there so much hate for women on this site?

by Anonymousreply 63Last Friday at 10:46 AM

Consider the nation we're in.

by Anonymousreply 64Last Friday at 11:39 AM

I liked it. The most offensive thing was the decor. I had the above mentioned salmon - and while not art, it was better than I’ve had at any other chain restaurant like Outback or PF Changs. The huge portions are not a bad thing economically speaking. There are much worse - though I don’t understand why people love it. Think it does have a certain Vegas “flair” - overstimulation.

by Anonymousreply 65Last Friday at 11:46 AM

[quote]Most guys decide where to eat in hetero relationships. Why is there so much hate for women on this site?

You have to fight for yourself on a site like DL. You will not change the culture here.

Many here do have healthy relationships with women.

I'm sure you've heard the term Karen that's all the rage as of late. That's merely a manifestation of the Frauen you'll hear about here. Honestly? Suburban white women and their entitlements. They're mainly the subject of DL's rage, and oftentimes deservedly so.

If you have a problem with it, I suggest clutching a nice warm mug of cocoa to your bosom to soothe your nerves.

Also the white man will destroy us all lol.

by Anonymousreply 66Last Friday at 12:03 PM

[quote]I have a feeling [R50] never ends up with second dates.

That's because after fattening them up at CCF, he takes them home, kills them, and eats them.

by Anonymousreply 67Last Friday at 12:20 PM

The Cheesecake Factory is considered fine dining in the Midwest.

by Anonymousreply 68Last Friday at 8:09 PM

It used to be okay around 20 years ago. I was forced to eat there twice last year and it was truly disgusting food. I tasted the cheapness of the ingredients & low quality oil. Truly, disgusting food.

by Anonymousreply 69Last Friday at 8:21 PM

R58 and they will mispronounce it there as well!

by Anonymousreply 70Last Friday at 8:43 PM

Decent food if you stick to basics like burgers and sandwiches. Ridiculous portion size. Good for corporate lunches or fussy eater due to the huge menu. I end up going once or twice a year for work events.

To me, the ridiculous wait for average food, the prices for said food, and the decor are the deal killers.

by Anonymousreply 71Last Friday at 8:43 PM

I know, r70, but who cares!

by Anonymousreply 72Last Friday at 8:58 PM

For the same reason Golden Corral exists.

Big troughs for big, fat fucks to get bigger and fatter.

by Anonymousreply 73Last Friday at 9:25 PM

I was molested at a Cheesecake Factory!

by Anonymousreply 74Last Friday at 9:42 PM

I've heard Ruth's is like the Cheesecake Factory for steakhouses.

by Anonymousreply 75Last Friday at 10:17 PM

The decor is Tuscany meets Napa Valley meets Walnut Creek.

by Anonymousreply 76Last Friday at 10:21 PM

[quote]Overpriced. Unhealthy. Subpar food. Pseudo-upscale. Long wait times.

During this COVID-19 pandemic, every restaurant that is open business should be appreciated.

by Anonymousreply 77Last Friday at 10:50 PM

[quote] I tasted the cheapness of the ingredients & low quality oil.

Ah, yes! THAT is the kind of comment I want when I read Data Lounge. 'I taste the cheapness.' Indeed!

by Anonymousreply 78Last Saturday at 4:03 AM

Lol - right R78! “Low quality oil” epitomizes all that is right/wrong with DL.

by Anonymousreply 79Last Saturday at 10:27 AM

CF probably has underground tanks of cheap oil at each location.

by Anonymousreply 80Last Saturday at 7:06 PM

r61 You're making an assumption about frozen food, which is what Fridays, Chilis and Applebees serve. CF might have enough of a distribution network that they can have non-frozen prepared dishes and get them out to restaurants. The quality disruption of freezing, thawing and recooking something over something that is never frozen in the first place is massive.

by Anonymousreply 81Last Sunday at 3:20 PM

r61 There may also be a lot of sous-vide cooking at Cheesecake Factory for items like Salmon. And it really doesn't matter whether they sealed it into a plastic bag in the kitchen there or in a regional distribution kitchen as long as it wasnt frozen.

by Anonymousreply 82Last Sunday at 3:22 PM

It's right there in the name. FACTORY.

No thanks. Anyone eating in a place that doesn't even bother to call itself a restaurant is a fool.

by Anonymousreply 83Last Sunday at 5:50 PM

I love The Cheesecake Factory. Sorry. The bread is good.

by Anonymousreply 84Last Sunday at 5:59 PM
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