Cheesecake Factory’s Gluten-Free Deliciousness

Posted on: July 30th, 2014 by

 

This post was sponsored by The Cheesecake Factory (The Mall at Short Hills) who provided a meal for me to enjoy through the travel campaign with New Creative Media. We appreciate their support of Jersey Family Fun that allows us to share with families what Morris County restaurants we think your family may enjoy.

 

Our family restaurant review series returns with a visit to the Cheesecake Factory.

I admit it I’ve never been to a Cheesecake Factory. In my neck of Jersey we don’t have them and in all honesty, yes I love cheesecake, but I didn’t think I was missing out on anything. After all, living gluten-free kind of limits your options. So when I headed into the Cheesecake Factory at the Mall at Short Hills with Julia during our Wyndham Weekends, I figured I’d either be eating plain chicken or a salad. It is what it is, I thought. I opened up the regular menu and was not prepared for what I saw next.

 

Cheesecake Factory

 

What?

 

So I asked for the gluten-free menu. There were no strange looks from  our waitress, Michael Ann. With a smile she brought it over. This was a waitress clearly trained well in customer service and in knowing her restaurant well enough to respond to my request without hesitation.

 

Now about that Cheesecake Factory gluten-free menu available, it’s not a regular menu with a handful of dishes that can be made gluten-free. Cheesecake Factory has a gluten-free menu that is 4 pages long with options for appetizers, entrees, and desserts. And if that wasn’t enough, there is a page with a gluten-free kids’ menu. Isn’t that incredible?!

Can you see my excitement?

Can you see my excitement?

 

You can view the Cheesecake Factory gluten-free menu in our Facebook album of pictures from our visit. Now poor Michael Ann, the first few times she came over to ask if I was ready to order I had to send her away. I was so overwhelmed and excited to have so many gluten-free options to choose from that I couldn’t pick what I wanted.

 

Finally, I made my decision and Julia made hers. I skipped the appetizer to save room for dessert. After all with so many gluten-free desserts to choose from, there was no way I was skipping out on that.

 

So what did I eat for my gluten-free Cheesecake Factory meal?

For my lunch I had pasta with chicken and sun-dried tomatoes. Again, living gluten-free I am still in search of pasta that tastes like pasta and not like plastic or cardboard.

 

Cheesecake Factory Gluten free pasta with chicken and sundried tomatoes

 

 

This Cheesecake Factory gluten-free pasta was delicious! I ate every last bite. But my absolute favorite part of the meal had to be ordering dessert. The Cheesecake Factory has gluten-free Godiva chocolate cheesecake. I was not leaving the mall without having some.

 

Cheesecake Factory Gluten-Free Godiva Chocolate Cheesecake

Cheesecake Factory Gluten-Free Godiva Chocolate Cheesecake

 

One bite and I was in heaven….perhaps a gluten-free girl’s paradise. (A kids’ too, not long after I posted this picture to Facebook my nephews were at their local Cheesecake Factory devouring gluten-free desserts too.) Could I eat it all? Sadly no. I tried though. ;-) If there was anyway I could have finished that piece or taken it back to our Wyndham Hotel room, I would have. It was the best dessert I have had since going gluten-free 18 months ago.

 

From the looks of Julia’s plate, she enjoyed her meal too. You can read her review over at Wine in Mom. Our friend, Linda from Giggle, Gobble, & Gulps was also there with her family during our Wyndham Weekend. You can read her review here.

 

I can not even explain how excited I am that the Cheesecake Factory has made gluten-free dining possible, easy, and enjoyable. Having talked with so many of our readers about how someone in your family has food allergies, I am doubly thrilled to be able to share this review and their menu with you.

 

 

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Want to find more local family restaurants? Read our Family Restaurant Review series.

 

To arrange a review of your restaurant contact Jenniferauer@jerseyfamilyfun.com.

 

In full disclosure, this post was sponsored by The Cheesecake Factory who provided a meal for me to enjoy through the travel campaign with New Creative Media.  However, our opinions are honest and based on our experiences at the Cheesecake Factory in The Mall at Short Hills.

 

 

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Jennifer Auer is the hyperlocal mom blogger who runs Jersey Family Fun. From New Jersey, this mom of 3 boys just can’t sit still! Her husband likes to say she’s a work-at-home mom who never stays home. Jennifer started traveling as a child and hasn’t stopped since. Instead of letting her husband and boys slow her down, she brings them along! As her boys transition from tweens to teens there’s still so many places she wants to discover with them both across the U.S. and internationally. She has been a Jersey Girl for 35+ years, and a Jersey Mom for 15+ years and a New Jersey mom blogger for 10 years, although she'd much rather be referred to as an influencer or just by name. She has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a focus on Entrepreneurship from Bryant University in Rhode Island.

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