The Top 10 Dishes (Other Than Cheesecake) at The Cheesecake Factory
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|The Thai Lettuce Wraps serve as an appetizer or an entree.|
5. Thai Lettuce Wraps
I rarely order appetizers at The Cheesecake Factory before I order my entrée. It's an absurd amount of food. But, the portion sizes of the appetizers are perfect for splitting between two people as a main entree. The Thai Lettuce Wraps come on a platter with all the individual components needed to build your own wraps. Take tender lettuce leaves and fill with a mixture of shredded carrots, bean sprouts and coconut curry noodles, followed by sweet satay chicken strips coated in sesame seeds. Finish each wrap with the savory tamarind-cashew sauce, the classic peanut sauce, or the sweet red chili sauce (it'll make your lips tingle).
4. Stuffed Chicken Tortillas
When you come to The Cheesecake Factory, you know you're going to get a lot of food, so why not go all out and order the Stuffed Chicken Tortillas? These aren't your typical enchiladas. The Cheesecake Factory takes corn tortillas and stuffs them (hence the name) with spicy chicken; the tortillas are then covered in a mixture of melted cheese and tomatillo sauce and seasoned with cilantro and green onions. And if that's not enough, it comes with salsa and sour cream to dip into, as well as sides of grilled corn cakes and black beans.
Photo by markguim via flickr There's a lot of cheese in this pasta.
3. Four Cheese Pasta
One of my friends orders this dish every single time we go to The Cheesecake Factory. She won't even look at the menu because she knows exactly what she wants, the Four Cheese Pasta. It's simple, but that doesn't downgrade the overall taste. You'll definitely be overwhelmed by the amount of pasta (and cheese), but that just means you'll have leftovers for a few days. The penne pasta is covered in a sweet marinara sauce seasoned with basil, and shavings of Mozzarella, Parmesan and Romano cheese. The fourth cheese, ricotta, is placed on top of the dish in globs, inviting you to take each bite of pasta with a scoop of it.
2. Chicken and Biscuits
When I was younger, my mom always made chicken pot pies in ramekins topped with a small puff pastry. So, this take on a chicken pot pie hits right at home. The Chicken and Biscuits is almost a deconstructed chicken pot pie where two biscuits are placed on top of sauteed chicken and a peppery white gravy. Next to the chicken and biscuits you will find a mound of mashed potatoes with peas and chopped carrots. Scoop up a piece of the biscuit with some mashed potatoes, gravy, veggies and chicken for the ultimate bite.
Photo courtesy of The Cheesecake Factory The Louisiana Chicken Pasta is spicy, creamy, and oh so good.
1. Louisiana Chicken Pasta
This is definitely not one of the healthiest items on The Cheesecake Factory's menu. But it is most definitely the tastiest. I discovered this dish after one of my friends decided to order it because she loves spicy food. We didn't quite know what to expect, but when her plate arrived, everyone wanted a bite -- one of the perks of large portion sizes. The al dente bow tie pasta is coated in what the menu describes as a "Spicy New Orleans Sauce," which seems to have lots of cayenne powder. The pasta is tossed with the tender cremini mushrooms, diced red bell peppers and onions. But, that's not all. It's topped with crispy chicken breaded in Parmesan cheese. It's a spicy twist on Chicken Parmesan. Rather than a marinara sauce, the pasta and chicken are tossed in a zippy cream sauce. You'll need a lot of water after a few bites. Trust me.