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MANDIETERRIER1 Posts: 17,529
9/10/10 2:03 P

I forgot the Shrimp and Bacon Club is also very good

The Boston House Salad is really good.

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9/9/10 10:58 P

Oh the lettuce wraps...they're a big meal although it's an appetizer AND delicious!

MANDIETERRIER1 Posts: 17,529
9/9/10 8:49 P

I also enjoy eating at the Cheesecake Factory on occasion. I realize that their menu options are not always the best. That is why I don't go every week. Just a couple times a year.

If you really want to have an extravagant meal, I would go with the Bistro Shrimp Pasta. And it is large enough to be split into four dinners.

For desert I recommend the Red Velvet Cheesecake.

Go and enjoy yourself. You don't get such a wonderful gift every day. I agree, get something you couldn't make at home.

Edited by: MANDIETERRIER1 at: 9/9/2010 (20:58)
PIAQUA Posts: 753
9/9/10 6:59 P

My fave is the lettuce wraps appetizer (portion size is still enough for more than one meal). I don't go there with the intention of healthy, it's just not that kind of place. But hey, at least the wraps have a good deal of veggies I suppose.

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9/9/10 5:31 P

I just re-read your post and your additional post and realized you were asking what is the most delicious, not what is the healthiest.

So, to that end, in my opinion the most delicious are the baja fish tacos or the cajun chicken littles.

My healthier choices are above, but I and a few others failed to answer the question asked!


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9/9/10 4:07 P

I've been on my lifestyle change for a bit over a year and still enjoy the cheesecake factory once in a while. Don't feel guilty about treating yourself to a nice restaurant, just do your best to choose the healthiest options. :-)

That being said, when I go, I go during the lunch hour to get the smaller lunch portions. The herb crusted salmon meal is delicious. It comes with asparagus and mashed potatoes, but I usually substitute the potatoes for another steamed vegetable to cut down on calories.

Also, there is a delicious weight management grilled chicken meal which comes with jasmine rice, an arugula salad with a drizzle of vinaigrette dressing. I believe the dish is less than 600 calories.

There is also a seared ahi tuna salad that is yummy and light.

There will be a basket of bread placed on your table. My advice is to avoid it but if you want to indulge, have one slice of the wheat bread (it's really good) and ask the server to take the basket away.

Hope that helps!

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9/9/10 3:38 P

I love their salads. Of course you have to try the cheese cake. It is awesome. Enjoy!

2BEATIT1 Posts: 3,162
9/9/10 2:59 P

You have received a lot of advice some good, some questionable.
There are two choice you can make
1) Go and enjoy yourself, but be prepared to bring most of it home for another meal. If you get the cheesecake, bring it home for a time when you have a lighter meal.
2) Give the certificate to someone you love who may not be able to afford such a special treat.
Whatever you decide, weight loss doesn't have to mean never to indulge but just keep your portions realistic.
Wish you all the best in your decision.

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9/9/10 2:57 P

Here's a really good piece of advice when trying to decide what you want eat at the Cheesecake Factory because everything they make is good. I've never had a bad meal in all the times I've eaten there.

This is what you tell yourself, “I want something I can’t make myself.”

REBECANOLA Posts: 3,285
9/9/10 2:39 P

If I'm trying to watch what I eat on a restaurant menu, I choose something like a grilled piece of meat and/or substitute any sides like fries or potatoes with a variety of vegetables with no added butter. But, yes, this place has huge portions, so watch yourself and take some of it home with you. I also opt for sharing the cheesecake. I think the last time I was at a place like this, the slice of cheesecake was delicious, large and dense and I shared it with two other people.

RICCILYNN Posts: 2,454
9/9/10 2:22 P

so many yummy choices there... go online and peruse their menu. no doubt you will find several options!

KALVINS_MAMA Posts: 2,657
9/9/10 2:18 P

It is a $50.00 gift card given to me as a gift! I got it last Christmas but was determined to hold on to it until I did something about my weight. It is my reward. I will enjoy! I looked forward to using that. One day of not the best eating is going to sabotage all of my efforts. This was given before my life style change and guess what, not that I expect anything for Christmas from my sis but she usually gives me a nice gift card to somewhere nice and I love it! If I shall get another food gift certificate I will do the same use it as a reward. I love the idea that she gave me a Cheesecake Factory gift card! This Cheescake Factory card got me to live a healthy lifestyle because it was my incentive. So what's good on the menu?

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9/9/10 1:57 P

I don't go there--too dangerous.

RENA1965 Posts: 17,878
9/9/10 1:50 P

Well if you want to loss weight- the name should say make a better choice of restuarant. ARCHIMEDESII's description is of a place you go to if not serious about a lifestyle change..

There must be some smaller restuarants that serve decent food- without the calories lol...

The secret to keeping weight off is going into places with your eyes wide open...

I would not make this choice- sorry and if family know I am doing this journey- they would be more supportive and find somewhere more down to earth..

We are what we eat- we choose our destiny! 1500 calories is a whole days food for me- in the lossing phase..

Edited by: RENA1965 at: 9/9/2010 (13:52)
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9/9/10 12:00 P

What's best at the Cheesecake Factory ? Everything ! This is no exaggeration, the Cheesecake Factory has a menu that's close to 15 pages. They literally have anything and everything. And it's all good.

Now, I'm going to warn you straight off, their portions are ENORMOUS !!! You could easily feed 2-3 people on one plate !! I never eat the entire plate anymore. If I did, I'd consume over 1200-1500 calories. seriously. their portions are that big and that's just the entree. If you eat an appetizer AND a piece of cheesecake, you could easily eat over 3,000 calories in one sitting. Thus the need to practice some major portion control at this place.

I go there for one of two reasons. I'm either their to enjoy a meal or I'm there to enjoy a piece of cheesecake. I can't do both because one slice of cheesecake is at least 1500 calories. That's how big the slices of cheesecake are.

You'll definitely get your money's worth at the Cheesecake Factory. My advice ??? Bring home a major doggie bag. Eat half there and save half for lunch or share an entree with a friend. That's how much food they give you.

they don't give one heaping portion of potatoes with your steak, they give your THREE heaping portions !! It really is outrageous, but I LOVE eating there !!

Oh, BTW I love the Cajun (or was it Creole) spiced shrimp and pasta. yum...

Edited by: ARCHIMEDESII at: 9/9/2010 (12:02)
9/9/10 11:47 A

Uhhhhh, the cheesecake?


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9/9/10 11:40 A

One more thing: I have gone to CF at least 50 times (I used to work near one and we'd go for lunch) and maybe ordered Cheesecake twice.

But if it's your thing then share a piece. They are really dense so a little goes a long way.

48WALKER Posts: 63
9/9/10 11:33 A

I'd preplan what I wanted to eat. There are a number of sites that have nutrition information for them

Some Cheesecake Factory items are very high calorie....a piece of carrot cake has 1500 calories.

So indulge in a treat, but know what you're getting.

Edited by: 48WALKER at: 9/13/2010 (23:36)
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9/9/10 11:30 A

If I were going to the Cheesecake Factory, the first thing I would do with anything I ordered is separate out 1/3 of it as what I'm actually going to eat in one sitting. Their servings are *huge*.

When I used to eat there, I liked their Chicken Marsala, I think it was. Chicken with asparagus and a wine-based sauce.

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9/9/10 11:29 A

When I go I sometimes get the salmon with mashed potatoes and broccoli. They grill the salmon so there is some oil. You could substitute white rice for the mashed if you want to make it even lighter.

I think they also have an ahi appetizer that very light.

Even the CF menu is huge and most things are pretty high in calories, you can special order and they are totally fine.

Also, I've noticed that since the recession their portion sizes have dropped. A lot. I'm OK with that since I don't really like leftovers.

KALVINS_MAMA Posts: 2,657
9/9/10 11:22 A

Jay - I may take your advice as well. Then we can go twice with a fifty dollar gift certificate and leave feeling great! Thank you!

KALVINS_MAMA Posts: 2,657
9/9/10 11:19 A

Connie- I cant buy shoes or an outfit with a Cheesecake Factory gift certificate!!!

KALVINS_MAMA Posts: 2,657
9/9/10 11:17 A

Erin - Thank you for your great response and I will probably take that advice. I have had two slices of cheesecake to go from there that hubby and I shared because the gift certificate came with two free slices of cheesecake but those had an expiration date where my gift certificate does not. Both pieces were delicious! We chose the red velvet cheesecake and the cherry cheesecake. I think I want another piece to share mmm. Thanks again and lol on the sarcasm. I thought the same.

JAYEACTS Posts: 923
9/9/10 10:52 A

Print out their menu and research the dishes that sound like you might like them. And maybe they just have a SMALL piece of cheese cake.

I went to Red Lobster the other day and had their Lobster Pizza for my lunch - it was an appetizer. It was either 720 or 750 calories - it's on the menu. The crust is very thin - like a cracker. And I also had a side of broccoli. Weird combo but it worked for me.

So, again, look at your choices. Do they have salads? Can you ask for the dressing on the side? Eliminate croutons & cheese?

Life is a bunch of choices. Just because we are at a place that is considered "not that" - we may adjust to make it work.
One last thing: split an entrée!

CONNIERC1 Posts: 623
9/9/10 10:19 A

Honestly, I wouldn't go. Losing weight is hard enough without adding so much temptation. Rewards shouldn't be forbidden foods. What is the point of that? Go shopping, buy a new outfit or new shoes!

HARTMAMP Posts: 501
9/9/10 10:16 A

They have a Shrimp with Angel Hair dish that is only 850 calories total and is HUGE so eating half is never an issue. They also have a couple Weight Management salads that are good.

Now, if you're looking for a cheat meal... the Chicken and Biscuits or the Crusted Chicken Romano are both AMAZING. And the Red Velvet Cheesecake for dessert. emoticon

ERINEC11 Posts: 603
9/9/10 10:12 A

Although the last post was super helpful *sarcasm*... I thought I would add something, might not be helpful either, but all the cheesecake is good. They have a million kinds (slight exaggeration). But they're menu is like a book. And it's all over the place in genre. If I was eating there, I wouldn't eat whatever I want though. I would try to pick something lighter to eat, and have a slice of cheesecake as my guilty pleasure. That being said, all the "eat this not that" articles I've read, often have a cheesecake factory item as the "not that" culprit. I would choose soemthing that you could work around with substitutions and indulge in the cheesecake.

Hope that makes sense.

SARABETH_60 Posts: 617
9/9/10 8:46 A

No idea - why would I go to a place called the Cheesecake Factory??

KALVINS_MAMA Posts: 2,657
9/9/10 8:41 A

I have a $50.00 gift certificate I need to use up from The Cheesecake Factory. I never have been there. I will go after the 17th of this month if I am happy with my loss. I only weigh once a month. Since I have never been there before and the gift certificate was a gift I plan to have whatever I want off the menu. So I need suggestions whets the most delicious?

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