Eating My City, Eating Out Meat Free, Vegetarian

my first vegetarian experience at the cheesecake factory was great!

The Cheesecake Factory

Since kicking my meat habit, I’ve only visited The Cheesecake Factory maybe once or twice. On both occasions, I recall ordering a fish dish. On my most recent visit, with a few gift cards in hand, I decided to go completely vegetarian, and I lived to tell about it!

Over the holidays, I was happily littered with gift cards to The Cheesecake Factory. [Side note: In most cases, littered would usually refer to a large amount of something. However, in this particular case, it simply refers to two.] I admit that when I received the first one, which was for $10, I wasn’t that excited. Now, I did┬álove The Cheesecake Factory years ago. In fact, the Spicy Cashew Chicken was my ultimate favorite dish. Out of the pages upon pages of selections available, I always ended up with a plate of spicy chicken atop white rice and sprinkled with cashews, and it never disappointed.┬áBut in my new meat-free eating, I-only-visit-locally-owned-restaurants life, I had grown quite “blah” about the place. So, I put the gift card aside and hoped that maybe one day there would be a use for it.

Then, I received the second one. The second card, which was for $25, completely sealed the deal and within days of receiving it, I found myself sitting at The Cheesecake Factory.

Before arriving, I had already decided on what I would order: Beets with Goat Cheese, which was on the small plates and snacks menu, was a dish with baby arugula, pecans, beets, apples, and vinaigrette, and Evelyn’s Favorite Pasta. which had broccoli, oven-dried tomatoes, eggplant, peppers, artichoke, kalamata olives, garlic, and pine nuts.

Here’s what I loved about the two dishes:

  • I really liked the pecans in the beets with goat cheese dish, which isn’t saying much. See the What I didn’t love section for more on this.
  • Evelyn’s Favorite Pasta was such a simple dish, but it was a simple dish done right! After taking my first bite, my first thought was “This is how you do veggies!” I could taste the natural flavors of the veggies, and they were cooked just right, especially the broccoli and artichoke.

Here’s what I didn’t quite love:

  • I had high hopes for the beets with goat cheese. Before arriving, I had imagined that it would be a plate filled with beets, which I love, with goat cheese and pecans sprinkled atop. Instead, I got a dish filled completely with baby arugula and maybe 8 chunks of beets. I was disappointed. At one point, I had to dig through the arugula to see if I had eaten all of the toppings… and sadly, I had. Next time, I will opt for the kale and quinoa salad that my aunt had raved about.

All in all, I had a pretty great first vegetarian experience at The Cheesecake Factory. Although I don’t see myself returning anytime soon, I do know that when the opportunity presents itself again, I have a pretty good idea of what I’ll be ordering.

Be sure to take a look at the pics from my recent visit below.

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