The Cheesecake Factory (2006-11-16)
After perusing the menu for a very long time despite our starving
stomachs, we chose none other than burgers. Man, are we boring or
what? I picked the BBQ Kalua Pork burger while KL had the Kobe
Burger. The burgers were ginormous and came with a mountain of
fries. The chopped lettuce, tomato slice and onion were set aside
for self assembly, a practice common in many restaurants which baffles
me. KL said it was for people who don't like the veggies and
would have a choice to leave them out. There are people who don't
like lettuce and tomato with their burger? Wow.
My burger was good but not great. I liked the brioche bun which was toasted to a delicious crispiness on the edges. The pork was tender but bordering on the dry side although the platter did come with a dish of extra BBQ sauce. So maybe I was just finicky.
KL's burger was made with American Kobe beef and arrived pretty well
done despite his ordering of medium. We split our burgers in
halves and shared it. The overcooked patty was just fine with me
as I prefer to eat ground beef fully cooked. I tell ya, Americans
know how to cook their burgers! The patty was full of smoky
flavor and dripping with juice. I don't know if the juice was
from the patty or the sauteed onions and mushrooms, but it was dripping
juice all over the place. It was messy but awesome!
The fries had that winning duo factors of crunchy exterior and
fluffy interior without tasting heavy or greasy. Just so
good. I wish I could finish all the food on my plate as I hate to
waste food, especially the excellent fries.
As much as KL loves cheesecakes, he's too stuffed to even think of
dessert. Didn't have time to return to taste their famous
cheesecakes as we were leaving tomorrow. Why couldn't we find
this restaurant earlier?
The Cheesecake Factory 2301 Kalakaua Avenue Located at the Royal Hawaiian Shopping Center
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