With all of the talk this week about chain restaurants versus local, it was convenient that our Friday night dinner ended up at a chain. I typically try my best to avoid chains and I certainly don’t think Fresno needs more of them but as I mentioned on Twitter to @zolmos, I will always put friends before food. So if someone invites me to dinner at a chain and I can’t quickly think of a better local option, I guess that’s where I’m going. Really I love good local food but it’s not important enough to be a jerk about it.
Side-note: If I was ever own a restaurant, “factory” will not be part of the name.
So what else do you order at the Cheesecake Factory but a cheese steak of course. Based on the recommendation of Matt (our top notch server who never let my drink get empty), I ordered the cheese steak on brioche instead of the baguette roll. That ended up being the best decision of the night. The bread was toasted and buttered nicely. The goodness stopped there.
What greeted me on the inside of the sandwich was what resembled chewed up and spit out dog food. Actually what it more closely resembled is the little nasty sausages that Me-N-Eds puts on their pizza. Half of the sandwich I left picked apart and mutilated. After all that’s how the meat was prepared. Of course I don’t expect the Cheesecake Factory to produce something like this. But I really didn’t expect to get something like this?
I’m hoping this post adds something to the conversation or at least steers you away from the cheese steak sandwich. Not all chains are bad and not all local restaurants are good either. But one thing I do know is that the cheese steak sandwich at the Cheesecake Factory not only is hard to say three times in a row, but it’s also a disgusting, pathetic excuse for a sandwich.