- The Cheesecake Factory is known for its cheesecake, but there is a lot more you can order.
- Avocado toast is on the menu.
- So is poke.
With more than 200 locations worldwide and a wide array of decadent, delicious entrées and desserts alike, The Cheesecake Factory has become a staple of American dining ever since 1978 when the first outpost was opened in Beverly Hills, California.
There are plenty of tasty options you didn’t know you could get at The Cheesecake Factory that has nothing to do with its signature cheesecakes, from all-day eggs and omelets to a perennial millennial favourite, avocado toast.
These are the 11 things you had no idea you could order at The Cheesecake Factory.
Enjoy lighter dessert options like strawberries and whipped cream or a bowl of ice cream.
It’s hard to pass up a slice of cheesecake when you’re there, and with more than 30 rotating options on the menu, you’ll undoubtedly want to try them all.
But if you’re just too full at the end of your meal (or prefer to take your cheesecake to-go) and still want a little something sweet, there are plenty of lighter desserts on the menu to choose from, including a bowl of fresh strawberries and whipped cream, strawberry shortcake, or a bowl of vanilla ice cream with whipped cream on the side.
Enjoy a vegetarian-friendly burger.
Sometimes, we all just need a burger and fries, but if you follow a vegetarian diet, you might think there aren’t choices for you at The Cheesecake Factory. But in 2018, the chain began quietly adding the Impossible Burger to select locations, according to VegNews.
The plant-based burger reportedly began appearing on the menu at select locations across the US, and it’s served on a non-vegan brioche bun with tomatoes, pickles, lettuce, and a non-vegan special sauce. The vegan news outlet reports that some locations were also serving vegan buns upon request.
The Impossible Burger does appear on the restaurant’s official site as of 2019, so we recommend checking with your closest location to inquire about the vegan options available.
You can even order vegan options.
The chain can be vegan-friendly as long as you check in with your server and make substitutions, such as holding the cheese, mayo, and butter on many popular menu items. But if you’re looking for a no-fuss vegan option, try the vegan cobb salad, a bed of lettuce topped with veggies, nuts, and grains like asparagus, green beans, beets, avocado, cucumber, tomatoes, garbanzo beans, quinoa, farro, almonds, sunflower seeds, and the house vinaigrette dressing.
PETA has listed other ways to order vegan at The Cheesecake Factory, including salads, appetizers and sides like french fries, guacamole, and fresh veggies, pizza, pasta, and more.
You can have breakfast all day long, any day of the week.
In 2017, the chain began offering weekend brunch on Saturdays and Sundays featuring signature brunch favourites like Bruléed French Toast, Green Chilaquiles with Carnitas and Eggs, and Fried Chicken and Waffles Benedict, but if you want lighter breakfast fare, you can enjoy it all day long any day of the week.
The expansive eggs and omelets menu lets you choose plenty of protein-packed breakfast options, from breakfast tacos and farm fresh eggs to a build your own omelet option, featuring toppings and mix-ins galore.
You can have Thanksgiving any day of the year.
If you’re a big fan of turkey dinner, you can get a Thanksgiving-themed sandwich year-round at the Cheesecake Factory, complete with turkey, crispy onions, stuffing, cranberry sauce, and gravy.
You can even get poke.
Even big fans of the raw fish dish may not know that you can score tuna poke at the Cheesecake Factory. This take on poke is piled high with fish, cucumber, onions, and served over rice or salad.
The chain also offers avocado toast.
It’s one of the trendiest foods out there, and even The Cheesecake Factory is on board, offering avocado toast on grilled artisan bread topped with fresh avocado, marinated tomatoes, watercress, radishes, red onions, and drizzled with olive oil and lemon juice.
You can go gluten-free at The Cheesecake Factory.
Finding gluten-free options can be tough when dining out, but the global chain makes it a bit easier.
You can pick up a fruit-infused smoothie.
If you’re saving up your appetite for a slice of cheesecake but still want a little something, you can enjoy one of the iced frozen drinks, including the strawberry fruit smoothie, the tropical smoothie, the peach smoothie, and the frozen iced mango.
Though the menu is full of complex options, you can also order a simple spaghetti and meatballs.
Sure, the chain is known for its ornate pasta dishes like the Louisiana chicken pasta, shrimp with angel hair, and pasta Napoletana, but sometimes, you’ve gotta go with a classic. Spaghetti and meatballs make for a great option when you’ve got a hankering for some hearty comfort food.
The steak menu is surprisingly expansive, too.
It’s not a steakhouse, per se, but The Cheesecake Factory’s steak menu is surprisingly large, including decadent twists on classics like steak Diane, filet mignon, grilled rib-eye steak, and more.
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