The Cheesecake Factory
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The Cheesecake Factory Restaurant Review: Take a spacious, surprisingly stylish interior that features French limestone floors, decorative columns and elegant cherry wood; add an eager-to-please waitstaff; then, multiply by 250-plus menu items --- including some of the most tempting flavors of cheesecake imaginable --- and you have a formula for enduring success. Namely, you have The Cheesecake Factory. Speaking of huge, not only is the menu enormous, so is everything on it. Even the heartiest eater will struggle to finish the macaroni and cheese burger piled high with lettuce, tomato, pickles, onion and fried mac ‘n’ cheese balls, dripping with cheddar sauce, or the over-the-top orange chicken --- a mammoth portion of deep-fried hunks of breast meat in a sweet-and-sour-style sauce over rice. Of course, it's all just a base layer for dessert, and you'll agonize while contemplating nearly 40 varieties of the chain's signature: cheesecake. We can't resist Adam's Peanut Butter Cup Fudge Ripple, crammed with bits of Butterfinger and Reese's Peanut Butter Cups and swirled with caramel, peanut butter and fudge. A full bar always attracts a lively crowd with a drinks menu that includes its signature pineapple, blueberry and passion fruit mojitos and specialties like the Pineapple Moscow Mule. Expect a line that can stretch outside on weekend nights, even when weather's nippy.