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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 8405/24/2020

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

by Anonymousreply 105/21/2020

And those decorations!

by Anonymousreply 205/21/2020

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 305/21/2020

Upscale? Oh, honey.

by Anonymousreply 405/21/2020

R1 jealousy

by Anonymousreply 505/21/2020

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

by Anonymousreply 605/21/2020

Love Cheesecake Factory 😋

by Anonymousreply 705/21/2020

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 805/21/2020

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 905/21/2020

“Pseudo upscale”, OP? Really?

by Anonymousreply 1005/21/2020

Common definitions of words are hard...

by Anonymousreply 1105/21/2020

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

by Anonymousreply 1205/21/2020

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 1305/21/2020

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

by Anonymousreply 1405/21/2020

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 1505/22/2020

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

by Anonymousreply 1605/22/2020

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

by Anonymousreply 1705/22/2020

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

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by Anonymousreply 1805/22/2020

I hear you, OP.

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

by Anonymousreply 1905/22/2020

Sometimes people want a Vegas version of Applebee's.

by Anonymousreply 2005/22/2020

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 2105/22/2020

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 2205/22/2020

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

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by Anonymousreply 2305/22/2020

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

by Anonymousreply 2405/22/2020

sorry but I really like the chicken madeira

by Anonymousreply 2505/22/2020

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

by Anonymousreply 2605/22/2020

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 2705/22/2020

I kind of like Grand Lux Café though 😳

by Anonymousreply 2805/22/2020

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 2905/22/2020

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 3005/22/2020

The food is terrible and such small portions.

by Anonymousreply 3105/22/2020

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

by Anonymousreply 3205/22/2020

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 3305/22/2020

Their menu is like reading War & Peace.

by Anonymousreply 3405/22/2020

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.

r21

by Anonymousreply 3505/22/2020

WE don't ALLOW restaurants to exist.

YOU should get over yourself.

by Anonymousreply 3605/22/2020

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

by Anonymousreply 3705/22/2020

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 3805/22/2020

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

by Anonymousreply 3905/22/2020

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

by Anonymousreply 4005/22/2020

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

by Anonymousreply 4105/22/2020

"Factory" is the operative word.

by Anonymousreply 4205/22/2020

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 4305/22/2020

Sorry but I LOVE their grilled salmon.

by Anonymousreply 4405/22/2020

R44 We have to stop apologizing for who we are !

by Anonymousreply 4505/22/2020

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 4605/22/2020

Enormous portions equals enormous bms

by Anonymousreply 4705/22/2020

Never been there.

Never will

by Anonymousreply 4805/22/2020

Scrumptious

by Anonymousreply 4905/22/2020

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 5005/22/2020

The food is terrible and such huge portions.

by Anonymousreply 5105/22/2020

Snobs.

by Anonymousreply 5205/22/2020

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

by Anonymousreply 5305/22/2020

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 5405/22/2020

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

by Anonymousreply 5505/22/2020

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 5605/22/2020

Really?? Okay - wow...okay

by Anonymousreply 5705/22/2020

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 5805/22/2020

[quote] You're in a Cheesecake Factory.

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

by Anonymousreply 5905/22/2020

#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 6005/22/2020

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 6105/22/2020

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 6205/22/2020

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 6305/22/2020

Consider the nation we're in.

by Anonymousreply 6405/22/2020

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 6505/22/2020

[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 6605/22/2020

[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 6705/22/2020

The Cheesecake Factory is considered fine dining in the Midwest.

by Anonymousreply 6805/22/2020

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 6905/22/2020

R58 and they will mispronounce it there as well!

by Anonymousreply 7005/22/2020

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 7105/22/2020

I know, r70, but who cares!

by Anonymousreply 7205/22/2020

For the same reason Golden Corral exists.

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

by Anonymousreply 7305/22/2020

I was molested at a Cheesecake Factory!

by Anonymousreply 7405/22/2020

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

by Anonymousreply 7505/22/2020

The decor is Tuscany meets Napa Valley meets Walnut Creek.

by Anonymousreply 7605/22/2020

[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 7705/22/2020

[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 7805/23/2020

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

by Anonymousreply 7905/23/2020

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

by Anonymousreply 8005/23/2020

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 8105/24/2020

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 8205/24/2020

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 8305/24/2020

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

by Anonymousreply 8405/24/2020
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