While not taking home any culinary excellence awards, Cheesecake Factory certain is worth a visit and is many steps above typical mall fare. The menu is widely varied (they must have a huge inventory of ingredients on hand) and all dishes have a fresh and clean, if not terribly sophisticated, taste to them. Portion sizes run from very large to grotesquely large, making it hard to save room for the signature cheesecakes!
The atmosphere can be about as intimate as Boston subway car during rush hour, especially if you get stuck in the long row of tables; youll get to know your neighbors intimately. Try to get a booth if at all possible. Waits can run into the one-hour plus range and their pagers do not work throughout the mall. Try to go during off-peak hours and youll enjoy yourself a whole lot more.
Pros: varied menu, portion size, good deserts