15 Things You Didn't Know About The Cheesecake Factory

The facts, tricks, and menu hacks that'll make your next trip to TCF even better.
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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.

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 you might've not known before so the next time you hit up your local TCF, you're armed with some impressive knowledge to make the most of your visit.

1

It started in a Detroit basement in the 1940s.

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The story starts in 1940s Detroit when Evelyn Overton made her own version of a delicious cheesecake recipe she found in a newspaper. People loved her cheesecakes so much, she opened a small cheesecake shop in the basement of her family's home. 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 more than 200 locations worldwide.

Although the chain started in Beverly Hills, CA, there are now locations in Toronto, Mexico, China, Qatar, Kuwait, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, 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 your next visit.

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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 said. With about 100 different sauces made every day, the options are nearly endless.

7

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 said.

8

It's one of Fortune's '100 Best Companies to Work For.'

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In 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018, FORTUNE named The Cheesecake Factory one of the "100 Best Companies to Work For" on its annual list. From 2015 and onward, 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 2018.

9

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. They also work with Feeding America and along with the Salvation Army to host an annual Thanksgiving Day Feast that takes place in 13 cities across the U.S.

10

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.

11

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).

12

The cheesecake recipe hasn't changed.

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Although there are many different variations you can order now, David Overton insists that it's still his mom's original cheesecake recipe that's being used to make all of the decadent desserts. "We haven't changed the recipe of my mother. We just make new ones with new things inside: flavors. We just try to make it as good as she did. You can't patent it. Good cheesecake is just five ingredients. It's just how you mix them," he said.

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 online, over the phone, 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. Oh, and that famous brown bread we mentioned earlier? You can buy it in stores now, too.

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