Saturday, December 8, 2007

Quick Cheesecake Factory Update

Thank you all for your comments and assistance! I ended up ordering the Luau Salad minus the chicken, onions, wantons, and dressing (opting, instead, to dress my salad with balsamic vinegar). I'd been planning on ordering a pizza without cheese until I saw VeggieGirl's comment indicating that none of the doughs and pastas are vegan there. My salad ended up being ridiculously boring. It was nothing but mixed baby greens, shredded carrots, cucumbers, and chopped nuts (I think they were supposed to be macadamia nuts, but they were indistinguishable). When I asked the server where everything else was (it was supposed to have red and yellow peppers, green beans, and mango), she went to ask the chef and returned with a plate of mango/pineapple salsa. Her explanation was that I'd ordered the salad without onion and the fruit in the salad was a salsa. Umm, not according to the menu, people! Anyway, this was not an extremely enjoyable meal and I went back to the office hungry. :(

6 comments:

maybepigscanfly said...

So sorry the salad sucked! This just gives more reason to boycott big chain restaurants with no veggie options and poor service. Why are people so obsessed with this place- the food isn't even good!

I hope that the company was enjoyable at least!

Rural Vegan said...

That sucks. Any chef who cannot make a decent green salad has no business being in a kitchen. How hard is it to wash and cut up some fresh veggies?

VeggieGirl said...

oh no!! I'm so sorry that the salad was a dud :0( this is why I totally avoid the place, since they're NOT vegan-friendly in any sense of the term.

bring snacks with you next time, for sure!! :0)

Ruby Red Vegan said...

oh, i'm so sorry to hear about your bad experience! dining out can be beyond frustrating. you know what you should do, though? contact the cheesecake factory through their website and ask if any menu items can be adapted to be made vegan. i did this and got a very speedy, helpful response. i'd share the suggestions with you, but the email says i'm not supposed to as "suppliers and ingredients and constantly change" blah blah. but my family loves this restaurant, so i don't want to deny them having a nice dinner there just because i'm vegan. i haven't gone there yet since i got the menu suggestions, but i'd like to take the same challenge you did and see if i can get a meal that's a little more impressive! (i'll let you know about it, it might happen during the holiday break.)

Vegan_Noodle said...

Bummer... how can making a good salad be so hard!?!

ChocolateCoveredVegan said...

Are you accusing me of discrimination against Gingerbread people?! Haha... I'd actually already finished the men when I decided I wanted to make some in swimsuits ;o)