Every time we are at Park Meadows Mall I have to stop by The Cheesecake Factory. I know it is a chain restaurant and that the menu is thicker then the Bible. But, sign me up for a great slice of cheesecake any day. I am well aware that there are new restaurants at this mall that I have to try according to my husband; but I can’t bring myself to pass this place up.
I know sometimes people suffer from gallbladder attacks when eating high in fat foods but this next dish is well worth the pain. When ordering an appetizer don’t be shy; go crazy and order the fried macaroni and cheese balls. These alluring balls, no doubt from the food Gods themselves, are filled with gooey gourmet cheeses that engulf the soft penne rigate noodles; the outer shell is made of crispy parmesan crumbs. The macaroni balls are placed on top of a rich and creamy Mariana sauce then they are sprinkled with parmesan cheese. Oh they are simply superb.
We also ordered from the small plate section fried zucchini which is sliced zucchini lightly breaded with a side of ranch. The zucchini I thought was sort of mushy and I would prefer crispy breading rather then something that falls of the zucchini.
My mother-in-law's dish was my favorite and I had no problem with stealing off of her plate. She had order the Chicken Di Pana which was enough to serve three adults. It is a lightly breaded chicken served over a rich white wine butter sauce with creamy garlic mashed potatoes and steamed broccoli. The chicken was moist and mouthwatering tender cut that is thinly pounded and encrusted with a parmesan Italian herd breading from what I could taste. I really wished I had gotten this dish; I hate having regrets when ordering my meals.
My father-in-law order the spicy crispy chicken sandwich which is a crispy chicken covered in spicy buffalo sauce and covered with melted cheese. I usually order the spicy chicken anything that is on the menu so I know sometimes the buffalo sauces can be too potent or too vinegary. But this chicken was lightly bread in a crispy spicy buffalo layer and not drenched in sauce which was lovely.
My husband ordered the good old fashion burger which is your basic hamburger on a toasted brioche bun which my husband added cheddar cheese too. The burger was juicy and thick; you could tell by the savory flavor and no fat this was good quality beef that was well seasoned. See you can't go wrong with basic and simple for a meal.
I ordered the Najavo sandwich which is fry-bread stuffed with grilled chicken, avocado, lettuce, tomato, red onion and mayo. I could only take one or two bites; the sandwich was dripping in grease and far too oily for me to eat. I am a hearty girl and can handle my fatty foods but this sandwich was way too much for me. I did not care at all for the greasy soggy bread. Yet I did really enjoy the basic fresh and crispy french fries.
My husband and I shared the Godiva chocolate cheesecake...yummo! This is a flourless Godiva chocolate cake, Godiva chocolate cheesecake and chocolate mousse. So basically layer upon layer of rich and scrumptious chocolate is what makes up this delectable cheesecake. If you are a chocolate lover this cheesecake will be like heaven to you.
Now my in-laws finished their meals with a more seasonal cheesecake the Pina Colada. You have to love coconut in order to enjoy this summer on a beach inspired dessert. It was very light and refreshing but I am not a huge fan of the texture of shaved coconut.
I hope when you go to The Cheesecake Factory that you are able to at least save some room for cheesecake. I would suggest to bring a friend along so you can split and entrée so you know for sure you can try some yummy cheesecake.