While the Cheesecake Factory is definitely a chain, I've always liked their food. Their dishes, whether they are Asian, American, Mexican, or Italian, are delicious and very filling. In fact, their portions are so filling that you can often take home half of it for lunch the next day! My favorite Cheesecake in LA is the one in Brentwood - the other chains either have long waits (i.e., the one at the Grove) or don't have as nice of an atmosphere (the one at Beverly Hills). Don't miss their delicious tropical drinks or their famous cheesecakes (my favorite is the Godiva cheesecake!).
Favorite Dish: Peach Bellinis, Flying Gorilla, Mangorita (drinks) and any of their nonalcoholic smoothies
Louisiana Chicken Pasta
Thai Chicken Pasta
Chinese Chicken Salad
Four Cheese Pasta
and a ton more!
This is a chain...they aren't cheap and you can expect a wait. In Baltimore, we have waited 2 hours...in Sherman Oaks, it was 30 minutes. They have an extensive menu and many drinks and desserts. If you can't find something that appeals to you, there is no way that you are hungry!
Favorite Dish: Thai Lettuce Wraps!
The Cheesecake Factory was probably the best meal we had in the USA. If you have room after your main course you can choose from a vast selection of cheesecakes (I think there were 38)