Monday, March 12, 2012

Cheesecake Factory, Bethesda MD

I've always loved a good meal at Cheesecake factory restaurant, but due to the long wait, we don't eat there very often.  On my birthday we decided to go for lunch since there is also a 10 off 50 deal on AMEX & Twitter.  So we went a little early for lunch around 11:30am on a Saturday, the timing was perfect because we got a table right away!

The waiter was extremely pleasant and courteous.  We were checked upon immediately after we sat and he brought us water within minutes.  We placed our orders after looking over the menu and out came the complimentary hot bread basket!  I absolutely loved the rye bread with nuts on top, it was warm and tasted delicious with butter.

Cheesecake Factory

complimentary bread basket

I ordered the chicken samosa small plate as appetizer.  It's a fried Pakistani appetizer with ground chicken and herbs wrapped with what seemed like wonton skin.  It was hot and delicious!  I loved the cilantro dipping sauce as well, I actually ate 3 out of the 4 on the plate since he doesn't eat fried food.  Yum.

chicken samosa small plate

For our main entrees, he ordered the steak Diane which was steak medallion and mashed potato.  I ordered the herb crusted salmon lunch special for $13.95.  They were both awesome entrees!  The steak medallions were seasoned perfectly, the meat was cooked medium tender, and the mashed potato complimented the steak well.  Meat and potatoes, what's not to like?  My salmon was also cooked perfectly and the seasoning was on point, I especially enjoyed the grilled asparagus on the plate as well!

steak Diane

herb crusted salmon

Of course, we had to order a cheesecake since this was a birthday occasion.  Waiter recommended Dulce de Leche Caramel cheesecake or the chocolate, since I was trying to be semi-good, we picked the former.  We only asked for a candle and no singing because we didn't want to draw attention to ourselves....  Look at the beautifully plated cheesecake here!  The waiter really won us over with this :)  The flavor was rich and had the right amount of caramel flavors to it, not overly sweet.  It was a perfect ending to a great meal.

Our check was just a bit over 50 and I ended up with 10 dollar cash back on my AMEX card!  What a great deal!  If you haven't signed up for the AMEX/Twitter deal, now is it the time to catch it before it's gone!

FoodiePop's rating: 4.7/5

Cheesecake Factory
11301 Rockville Pike
North Bethesda, MD 20895

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