I was invited to a media preview menu tasting event and tour of the new Cheesecake Factory restaurant in the Las Vegas North Premium Outlets Center.
Jim Cropper, Area Kitchen Operations Manager, discussed the Cheesecake Factory difference, “We have something for everyone. There are over 300 items on the menu in addition to a whole separate SkinnyLicious menu with 50 different selections. Most of the items on the SkinnyLicious menu are only 490 calories for the small plates, all the appetizers and fresh baked flatbreads while the salads and specialties are all under 590 calories.
You don’t miss taste and quality with the SkinnyLicious menu. The concept behind the SkinnyLicious menu is not only to serve lighter food, but the food is unbelievably delicious with amazing flavors.”
The Cheesecake Factory brings their dishes to the highest level with fresh quality ingredients served in exciting ways.
Because their menus are filled with such a wide selection of dishes, the chefs have to know all styles of food and about food from around the world.
Jim agreed, “We have seven cooking stations with two cooks at each station, a total of 14 chefs preparing the meals. Each station specializes in 20-25 different recipes.”
When I tasted the grilled steak medallions, it was a pleasure to eat such a tender steak. You can tell the quality of the Certified Angus Beef with every bite, it was like dining instead of just eating. The medallions were served with fresh asparagus, Shiitake mushrooms, sauteed cherry tomatoes, crushed croutons, mashed potatoes and a delicate Madeira Wine sauce. And all of this was under 590 calories!
Everybody notices the Luau Salad because it looks festive with all of its layers.
Jim commented, “It is amazing, the way the Luau Salad is layered together Hawaiian-style with Macadamia nuts, grilled marinated chicken, crisp wontons, green beans, cucumbers, red and green onions, red and yellow peppers, green carrots, mango and sesame seeds. The salad looks beautiful and it is fun to eat. These offer different combinations of flavor. The extra-large wonton chips and full-size egg roll chips extend out over the salad.”
Even their Beets salad is unique with three types of roasted beets (red, rainbow and golden), goat cheese, apples, baby arugula, pecans, red olives, red onions and tossed with a special sherry vinegar reduction, extra virgin olive oil, vinaigrette dressing. This salad is under the Small Plates and Stacks section of the menu.
The Cheesecake Factory has four locations in Las Vegas: Las Vegas North Premium Outlets, 505 S. Grand Central Pky., off Charleston and I-15, 702-471-0029; The Forum Shops at Caesars Palace, on the strip; The Shops at Boca Park, Summerlin; The District at Green Valley Ranch, Henderson;