I know Suanne would have gone into a frenzy if she was here with me today. With place that looked like a Las Vegas upscale restaurant and a name like Cheesecake Factory, she would have been absolutely delighted — she adores cheesecakes.
Mark, my counterpart in Atlanta, hosted this dinner for Rob and I. This restaurant is popular judging by the crowd milling outside waiting for a table. We had to wait over 30 minutes too for our table. The decor in this place is lavish and really upscale. They had high ornate ceilings, decorative columns, marble floors.
Of course, their centre-piece is their cheesecake bar. They made us mill around this area before showing us to our tables! Although I was never much of a cheesecake fan, all the cheesecakes they had were very tempting and mouthwatering. Some of the cakes were 10 inches tall!
For drinks I ordered that most southerners would — Iced Tea … and sweetened. I found out that Iced Tea is really popular in hot weather of the southern USA. It is also known as the Southern Table Wine.
The Cheesecake Factory has an extensive menu. Sometimes, it’s mind boggling deciding what to order. Wished that these menus had pictures, makes the ordering much simpler right? Anyway, these days I will just scan for dishes that were highlighted, is a combination or a sampler.
I found what I wanted from their Factory Combination menu — the Steak Diane and herb Crusted Salmon. This is served with three scoops of mashed potatoes, flavoured but not sure with what. I just know it tasted good. Costs $19.95 … not bad.
The Herb Crusted Salmon is perfectly cooked with light searing on one side. This gives the outer layer a certain crunch. It is served in a delicious lemon sauce. Tastes pretty fresh too and is served with asparagus. I like asparagus.
The Steak Diane is made up of medallions of beef steak and covered with black pepercorns and a rich mushroom wine sauce. The sauce really made this dish different. I enjoyed this a lot … cutting off a chunk of medium-rare beef and swiping the mushroom wine sauce — heavenly.
Even though I was pretty full by then, I simply had to have one of their cheesecakes. I counted over 30 cheesecakes on their menu, everyone of them sounded great. I wish they have a sampler of cheesecakes — no such luck.
I opted for their Kahlua Cocoa Coffee Cheesecake. It is a Kahlua cheesecake with layers of rich brownie, creamy chocolate mousse and chocolate gannash (a mixture of chocolate and heavy cream). Major Yum!
The Cheesecake Factory had outlets all throughout the continental USA. Too bad they don’t have any near the Vancouver area. The closest they are is in the Seattle and Bellevue in Washington state. The next time we’re in Seattle, I betcha I know where Suanne would want to have our dinner in.