Living in a city like Baltimore, where there are loads of unique restaurants, I generally shun chain restaurants. But for Cheesecake Factory I make an exception. The menu is huge and diverse, and everything I've ever had has been delicious (the portions are huge, too, so I can usually eat for three days off an entree there). I especially recommend their pastas. And of course the cheesecakes are amazing, though they are often out of some of the ones on the extensive list. The only downside is that there is often an hour to two hour wait (longer if it is tourist season), which is often a deterrent.