Anniversary Lunch

The other day we celebrated our anniversary by heading over to Washington Square Mall for a little shopping and to enjoy lunch at The Cheesecake Factory.  We lucked out because it wasn’t crowded at all — we went on a Wednesday and after the lunch rush.

I was in the mood for a banana daiquiri but the waiter said they only have strawberry/banana.  I could have sworn I’ve had just a straight banana one before but this was fine.


















We started with an appetizer — the Crispy Crab Wontons (crabmeat blended with cream cheese, green onion, water chestnuts and sweet chili sauce and fried Crisp in wonton wrappers).  They were pretty tasty and nicely crispy and not greasy.














We finished our appetizers and waited for lunch.  We were in fine spirits and feeling festive.  We watched folks that came in well after us get their food and we waited.  The waitress (who was extremely nice) walked  by to serve a nearby table and I saw her glance at our table and seemed startled that we didn’t have our food yet — I almost got the impression she had forgotten about it.  I thought for sure she’d go get it.  Nope.  We sat for about another 20 minutes to half an hour.  We were having a good time chatting though so we didn’t get grumpy.

At last, the food arrived.

The Mister had the California Cheesesteak (thinly sliced grilled steak covered with sautéed mushrooms, onions, peppers and cheese on toasted sourdough loaf).  He said it was ok.














The review of my lunch isn’t going to be good at all.  I ordered the Spicy Cashew Chicken (described as avery spicy Mandarin-style dish with green onions and roasted cashews and served over rice).  My lunch looked as if it had been sitting under a heat lamp for a very long time as the sauce on the meat had that slightly dried and congealed look to it.  The plate was extremely hot which seemed to confirm it in my mind that it had been sitting under the heat lamp.

I ordered this because there is nothing I enjoy more than a really spicy chicken dish.  Now, I know I have a mouth made out of asbestos that can handle the heat but I did not detect one iota of heat.  Bummer.  The sauce was very cloying and definitely tasted like it came straight from a jar.  I only managed to eat about a third of it before I couldn’t take it.  It felt too wasteful to leave the other two-thirds so the leftovers are languishing in my fridge.














I give the food a thumbs down but I give the waitress and two-thumbs up for being so nice.  We will definitely be back because we really do like The Cheesecake Factory.  I just won’t be trying anything like this again but will stick with their sandwiches or pasta.  I’ll leave this kind of dish to enjoy at a Chinese restaurant.

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Categories: Appetizers & Snacks, Drinks, Poultry, Sandwiches & Pizza

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