The Cheesecake Factory located at Woodfield Mall in Schaumburg Illinois is a strange combination of infuriating and delicious. The infuriating part comes from the fact that the place is always packed to the gills and you cannot make reservations. This means you spend a lot of time standing around in the cramped from part of the restaurant holding one of those vibrating pager thing waiting for your table.
However, once you get past that and get inside the food you find waiting for you makes you forget all of the rest of it. It creates a kind of food-haze amnesia similar to what makes a woman want to have another kid and forget all about the pain, I think.
I love their pork chops. They come with this homemade apple sauce that is the ONLY applesauce I can stand and will eat. The chops are made perfectly and are big enough to leave you feeling full and satisfied.
The menu is extensive. It has everything from Thai and Asian food to steaks and chops. Then there's the cheesecake, of course.
I recommend the Vanilla cheesecake. I know, it sounds so simple compared to some of the more exotic flavors out there, but I tell you, you need to try this. It's fantastic.
If you can get past the crowd and actually get to your food, this place is great. I suggest going during the week, maybe at an off hour to try and avoid the crowds.