When we're dealing with racial stereotypes, we all know that the French smell, the Brits have bad teeth, and the Americans are obese. If we accept that there are in fact plenty of Brits with beautiful smiles, aromatic French and lithe Americans, we can also acknowledge that there is also some basis for these stereotypes. And the Cheesecake Factory adequately explains the American stereotype.
The menu here is vast. The food is perfectly good. Nothing special but really not bad at all. But no one comes here for the food. Everyone comes here for dessert. The dessert menu itself is bigger then the entire menu at many restaurants. Centred, as you may expect, on pretty much every type and flavour of cheesecake you can image. But beware - the portions are huge. If you choose to sit down and each a starter and main with a drink in the Cheesecake Factory, it is likely that you will have exceeded your recommended daily caloric intake before the dessert menus even arrive. The cheesecake portions typically add another 1000 calories to that. Men's Health magazine voted Cheesecake Factory "worst family restaurant in America" in 2010.
I'm not saying don't go, and I'm not saying you won't enjoy. On the contrary, you'll likely love this place with the same passion that has seen it open in over 150 restaurant locations in the USA. I'm just warning Europeans, who are used to smaller portion sizes, to go prepared.
If a heart-attack inducing, belt snapping food orgy is not on your agenda, then you might choose to do as many others do every minute of every day, and just get Cheesecake to go. If you do, there is a counter at the very front of every Cheesecake Factory designed to help you do just that. And in my experience, there's almost always a queue at it. That way you can split the portion to more (normal) human sized portions and enjoy Cheesecake two days running.
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