Friday, July 17, 2015

Happy Hour - Cheesecake Factory Cheap Eats

Did you know about The Cheesecake Factory's happy hour special menu available weekdays from 4-6 p.m? That's right, happy hour isn't limited to just adults anymore.

On the happy hour menu, The Cheesecake Factory serves up a great deal on appetizers and small plates. It really is a great buy considering many of these dishes are half off, around the $5-$7 range, or more. However, you have to sit at the bar or the high top tables to receive the special.

Since the large menu might make it difficult to narrow down what to order, Charles and I came up with some of our favorite happy hour dishes below:

I ordered the picco di gallo, salsa, and green onions on the side. 
 Factory Nachos, why are you so tasty? There's just something about the crisp tortilla chips covered with melted cheeses, guacamole, sour cream, jalapeƱos, green onions and salsa that always makes me hungry. And if you don't come hungry, you will be taking back leftovers. Besides the large portion, the tortilla chips are thick and smooth so the cheese can easily coat the surface, but durable enough to endure an onslaught of toppings without braking.

 On our last visit, we tried the Fried Macaroni and Cheese- crispy crumb coated macaroni and cheese balls served over a creamy marinara sauce. They may look soft and chewy from the outside but prepare for a crunchy texture saturated in fried goodness. My friend Arman likes to take these balls and put them in between the roadside slider buns - an interesting combo to try.

The Roadside Sliders include bite-sized burgers on mini-buns served with grilled onions, pickles and ketchup (with a side of fries for extra money).

   I appreciated the fairly large amounts of pickles and lettuce on the side. The only true beef that I have with this meal is that there should be a little more beef.
Even if the half price appetizers aren't enough, which I doubt, you can always indulge yourself with their wide variety of cheesecakes.


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