Reno Cheesecake Factory — hmmm — OK Food, but So-So Experience

cheesecakeSoooo the Cheesecake Factory opened at Meadowood Mall in Reno. My son and I went there for lunch last week. We waited about 15 minutes for a table. Not too bad, but I won’t go back soon. The staff was attentive and well trained, but wow, the overall experience didn’t come close to the hype.

We ordered a light lunch, so we’d have room for desert. That’s why you go to the Cheesecake Factory after all!

He had the fried macaroni and I had the chicken tortilla soup. Both were decent. Fried mac n’cheese? Interesting concept, and he enjoyed it. I tried it … creamy inside and crunchy outside.

I’ve ordered tortellini soup at several chains — BJ’s Restaurant and Chili’s come to mind. This was OK. Different, but not remarkable. It was creamy with lots of rice.

Both dishes were filling … to the point that we ordered a slice of cheesecake to go. He picked the flavor — Tiramisu. Unspectacular.

The Big Bang Theory portrays the Cheesecake Factory as a spacious, quiet place. The new Reno location is a modern, artistically designed space.

Our gripe: Tightly packed tables, high ceilings make it loud, crowded. Clattering plates, heavy background music force people to raise their voices to converse — the result: a cacophony to the senses. If you go, request patio seating — it won’t change the food, but you won’t leave with a headache.

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