CF visually stunning with great desserts
By Mike Sanford, GLOB Editor
I'm sure families, children, and young adults go for this big box lunch stop now open in the Butler Plaza Shopping Center. It's as a close to dining in the magic kingdom as you will get. More importantly, there is a lifetime of cheesecake varieties available for dessert.
To write this story, I went to the website and the first thing that popped up on the home page was a list of 14 menu categories. That sounds like a lot -- too many choices - for me. Lucky for the GLOB Master, one of the choices was a list of LUNCH ITEMS. So it was easy to trace my way back to the meal I had at lunch
On my first visit to this restaurant on New Years’ Eve day, Lynn Dirk and I went early to beat the crowds, but that was to no avail as the restaurant was jumping. Maybe because it was New Years’ Eve or because this lunch stop has been around on the national scene since 1978 garnering great attention for a diverse menu and an amazing list of cheesecake satisfaction.
In 1972, with their children grown, Evelyn and her husband Oscar decided to pack up all of their belongings and move to Los Angeles to make one last attempt at owning their own business. With the last of their savings, they opened The Cheesecake Factory Bakery and began selling Evelyn’s cheesecakes to restaurants throughout Los Angeles. Through hard work and determination their business grew to a modest size and Evelyn was soon baking more than 20 varieties of cheesecakes and other desserts.
Their son David decided to open a restaurant to showcase his mother’s selection of cheesecakes. Somehow he just knew that guests would enjoy a restaurant with an extensive dessert menu. It was 1978 and he opened the first The Cheesecake Factory restaurant in Beverly Hills, CA. The restaurant was an immediate success and today there are more than 200 Cheesecake Factory restaurants around the world.
One wall has a wall-to-wall mural of vegetables and fruits larger than life in soft pastels. It caught my attention, but Lynn was taken with the light fixtures and the ceiling.
With a lunch menu of Small Plates & Snacks & Appetizers, Salads, Glam Burgers & Sandwiches, Flat Bread Pizzas, Super Foods, and an extensive list of Lunch Specials including Lunch Soup and Salad, Lunch Chicken, Lunch Salmon, Lunch Pasta, and Lunch Favorites, in big box fashion, the Cheesecake Factory wants to be sure they have every customer satisfied.
The restaurant was busy, but we found a nice table in the center of the restaurant that offered a good view of an extremely busy lunch stop. Captain Dirk chose the Grilled Chicken abnd Avocado Club, with bacon, tomato, melted Swiss and herb mayonnaise with a green salad for the side. ($13.95)
I chose the Stuffed Cheese Glam Burger stuffed with grilled onions and special sauceserved on a brioche bun with lettuce, tomato, and pickles and an order of less than remarkable French fries. (13,95.)
As usual for our lunches we already knew we were gonna share our meals and Lynn quickly gave me half of her sandwich and I gave her half of my Glam Burger.
The sandwich tasted very good but was very awkward to eat as the toasted bread was very thin and there were large separate chunks of chicken, as you can see from the picture. The chicken was very tender!
My burger looked nice as the waiter presented my lunch plate to me. I could see that is was plump, and cooked to a golden brown. It looked good to me. I was thinking I might have made a mistake sharing my burger with my lunchmate. I don't eat a lot of french fries any more and was excited about having my order of spuds to enjoy. Unfortunately for me I must has received the last potatoes in the pan as they were not very hot and unremarkable to this potatao lover that gets very few potatoes any more.
For dessert, I chose the one slice of cheesecake we were going to share and i selected the Caramel Pecan Turtle Cheesecake, which consisted of pecan brownie and caramel-fudge swirl cheesecake, topped with caramel turtle pecans and chocolate. Talk about good! A big slice was served to the two of us and it was a perfect way to end this trip to Butler Plaza. I could see coming here after a show or movie just to try some of the other good looking desserts. Cheesecake slices run $6.95 to $7.95 with two dollar editions of ice cream or hot fudge.
What a way to end your meal.
The Pluses and Minuses of Cheesecake Factory
Cheesecake Factory + indicators: Good burger, special atmosphere, excellent dessert, an amazing number of cheesecake flavors.
Cheesecake Factory - indicators: Pricey, crowded, big box, trying to be all thing to all people
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- Phone Number: 352 377-7572
- Address: 2851 SW 35th Dr., Gainesville, Fl.
- Urban GLOB Location: Archer Road
- Web Site: Cheesecake Factory
- Latitude: 29.594919
- Longitude: -82.369911