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The Cheesecake Factory - Cambridge

By: Kellie K. Speed, Travel Writer

Restaurants, by their own nature, provide the shortest distance between hunger and satisfaction. The Cheesecake Factory with its numerous locations nationwide has done just that.

Servers can recite details about any dish. The interior walls shelter diners and their conversations with dusky light. The menus, which appear as endless books, add a certain amount of weight to the chef's authority.

Most people enjoy dining out, being treated decently and receiving a good meal. The cuisine at The Cheesecake Factory is modern with a traditional flair. These distinct dishes, like the spicy cashew chicken and pasta with sausage and sweet onion, are unique collaborations.

The combination of garden and sea produce winning combinations like the shrimp New Orleans and the fried shrimp scatter.

We sampled the buffalo wings and fried calamari appetizers. Each was delicious and perfectly cooked but we were a little disappointed that the buffalo sauce was not as spicy as we had hoped.

The Big Five pizza was topped with pepperoni, Italian sausage, mushrooms, onions, peppers, marinara sauce and mozzarella cheese. You can order the pizzas as an appetizer or they can be prepared individually.

My favorite, the factory burrito grande, was exceptional. The Cheesecake Factory is well known for its enormous portions and the burrito was no exception. 

My husband ordered the chicken marsala entrée, which he was very pleased with when it arrived. Served with fresh mushrooms in a marsala wine sauce, this chicken dish is served over bow tie pasta.

Other main courses - namely the crusted chicken romano and Asian vegetable stir-fry - were hearty portions served to a neighboring table. 

Richness is not specified just for entrees. With nearly 40 different cheesecakes to choose from, be sure to save room for dessert. The chocolate mocha-java mousse cake was our favorite.

We look forward to our next visit to The Cheesecake Factory.

The Cheesecake Factory
100 CambridgeSide Place
Cambridge, MA 02141 

Phone:  617-252-3810
Web: http://www.cheesecake-factory.net  

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Kellie Speed - Click to enlarge

Kellie K. Speed is a freelance travel writer and restaurant reviewer. Her features have been published in various publications including The Boston Globe, Cahners’ Industrial Distribution and Graphic Arts Monthly magazines and Reno Air Approach.

Kellie has reviewed numerous first-class hotels and travel destinations, including Hawaii, California, Arizona, Bermuda and Mexico, to name a few. She has also traveled internationally to Ireland, England, France, Germany, Belgium and the Czech Republic. Next year, she is planning a trip to Tahiti.

Since she is from Massachusetts, she will be providing reviews of local restaurants for Travel-Watch.

If you would like to email Kellie any suggestions or comments, please do so at kkspeed@aol.com.


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