Restaurant Guide

15 Things You Need To Know Before Eating At The Cheesecake Factory

The chain still won’t make its nutrition information publicly available.

Restaurant Guide

15 Things You Need To Know Before Eating At The Cheesecake Factory

The chain still won’t make its nutrition information publicly available.

The Cheesecake Factory is one of the most popular chain restaurants in America. With a giant menu and more than 30 cheesecakes available, it’s become a staple in suburban dining. Although more known for its decadent cheesecakes and massive portions, it does have some diet-friendly options, like What 10 Diet Experts Order at The Cheesecake Factory.

Whether you’ve never been to the popular restaurant or have visited dozens of times, there’s always something new to learn about this family-friendly eatery. Did you know you can get cheesecake shipped to your door? Or that there’s a delicious menu hack that will change the way you order sandwiches? Check out these fun facts next time you hit up your local TCF. When you're done, continue unlocking secrets by reading up on our 10 Things You Didn't Know About Cracker Barrel.

1

It Started in a Detroit Basement in the 1940s

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The story starts with Evelyn Overton, who made a version of her delicious cheesecake in Detroit in the 1940s. People loved her cheesecakes so much, she opened a small cheesecake shop. She eventually gave up her small business to raise her two kids.

2

TCF Was a Bakery Before it Was a Restaurant

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Evelyn eventually opened her own bakery in 1972 named The Cheesecake Factory Bakery and grew it to a modest size, where she sold 20 varieties of cheesecake and other desserts to local restaurants around Los Angeles.

3

The First Restaurant Opened in 1978

Her son David expanded the business by opening a restaurant in 1978, initially to sell his mother’s cheesecakes. It started with an expansive dessert menu, and the restaurant soon became a success, eventually expanding to the hundreds of locations that are popular today.

4

There Are 200 Locations Worldwide

Although the chain started in Beverly Hills, CA, there are now locations in Mexico, China, Qatar, South Korea, and the United Arab Emirates. The Cheesecake Factory’s global development plans also include more restaurants in the Middle East, Latin America, and Asia.

5

The Cheesecakes Aren’t Made at the Restaurants

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The cheesecakes are actually made on site at bakery production facilities in Calabasas, California and Rocky Mount, North Carolina. The cheesecakes are then shipped to the restaurant locations, frozen, where they defrost before being served to customers.

6

You Can Buy the Sauce on Site

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“You can buy ANY sauce at the store! Visit the bakery and make your request.” —
The Cheesecake Factory server and Reddit user ShhhDream ShhhDream. With about 100 different sauces made every day, the options are nearly endless.

7

TCF Doesn’t Post Nutrition Information

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Despite the massive menu, The Cheesecake Factory is one of the few restaurant chains that doesn’t post its nutritional information on its website, a big bummer for people looking to count calories and make healthier decisions. Just be sure to stay away from the Pasta Carbonara with Chicken; it’s one of the worst options on the menu, and will set you back 2,291 calories — more than your entire days’ worth!

8

The Food is Prepared Fresh Daily

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“All of our stuff is prepared fresh daily. If it's a sauce that can't be altered for the dish, it is still a fresh sauce. Everything (mostly) on our menu is modifiable because we do have a scratch kitchen.” — The Cheesecake Factory Server and Reddit user ShhhDream.

9

It’s One of the ‘100 Best Companies to Work For’

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In 2014, 2015, and 2015, FORTUNE named The Cheesecake Factory one of the “100 Best Companies to Work For” on its annual list. For 2015 and 2016, it was the only restaurant to be featured on the list. The popular restaurant has received other accolades too, such as being named one of FORTUNE’s “50 Best Workplaces for Diversity” in 2015.

10

TCF Donates More Than 500,000 Pounds of Food a Year

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The company donates surplus food from its kitchens to The Harvest Food Donation Program, which collects excess food from restaurants. This food supports local soup kitchens, shelters, transitional housing and after-school programs.

11

The Menu is 21 Pages

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The Cheesecake Factory is known for its massive menu, which comprises of 21 pages and more than 250 items.

12

There Are 35 Different Types of Cheesecakes

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With decadent flavors such as red velvet, Reese’s peanut butter chocolate, and dulce de leche caramel, you will never get sick of TCF's cheesecake offerings. Some are only available seasonally too, such as the pumpkin cheesecake (available starting in September), and the peppermint bark cheesecake, available from Thanksgiving through the December holidays.

13

You Can Get Cheesecakes Shipped to Your Door

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Premium food and gift retailer Harry & David ships The Cheesecake Factory cheesecakes to your door. You can order through Harry & David over the phone, online, or via catalog. Although not all 35 cheesecakes are available, some of the flavors include original, white chocolate raspberry truffle, and chocolate mousse.

14

There’s a Tasty Menu Hack for Sandwiches

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The chain is known for its honey wheat brown bread, which comes in a bread basket as an app before your meal. But if you’re ordering a sandwich, you can ask for it to be made on the brown bread instead. This is an especially tasty swap for the club sandwich.

15

You Can DIY Some Menu Items

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The Cheesecake Factory lists recipes for some of its most popular menu items on its website, including the almond-crusted salmon salad, cajun jambalaya pasta, and warm crab and artichoke dip. Just no cheesecakes, unfortunately. Curious as to how The Cheesecake Factory stacked up to its chain competitors? Don't miss our exclusive report: The Most Popular Chain Restaurants—Ranked!