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It's no secret that Milwaukeeans like a "healthy" serving size and The Cheesecake Factory has some of the heartiest.

Milwaukee's best chain, 2009: Cheesecake Factory


The votes are in, and the winners have been selected for OnMilwaukee's Best Dining 2009. The results of this readers' poll, including an editors' pick, are available in this series of articles that run all October long during Dining Month on OnMilwaukee.com.

It's no secret that Milwaukeeans like a "healthy" serving size and The Cheesecake Factory has some of the heartiest. Portions last diners at least two meals and the sheer size of the menu requires a spiral bound book giving diners option after option of salads, pastas, pizzas, steaks and seafood.

Still crafting the Overton family cheesecake recipe, The Cheesecake Factory rotates over 50 flavors of cheesecake including the "original"; creamy plain cheesecake with a graham cracker crust and sour cream topping. Adorned with whimsical chandeliers and fairytale murals, the Cheesecake Factory staff complete the magical world wearing baker's white from head to toe.

Named the best chain in town by OnMilwaukee.com readers for the second year in a row, The Cheesecake Factory boasts more than 200 menu items served just the same at each and every one of its national locations.

Originating in Detroit, the restaurant carried family recipes to Los Angeles, in the mid-1970s and since expanded to offer service in 37 states. In Milwaukee, The Cheesecake Factory arrived at the malls. Mayfair Mall's location opened in 2003, followed by a Bayshore Mall location in 2006.

OnMilwaukee.com editor's choice: Bar Louie

Runners-up:
2. Chipotle
3. PF Chang's
4. Capital Grille
5. Maggiano's Little Italy
6. Qdoba Mexican Grill
7. Rock Bottom Brewery
8. Five Guys
9. Bucca di Beppo
10. Bar Louie
11. Noodles & Company
12. The Chancery
13. Bravo! Cucina
14. bd's Mongolian Grill
15. McCormick & Schmick's
16. Devon Seafood Grill
17. Bonefish Grill
18. Stir Crazy
19. Flat Top Grill
20. Fleming's Steakhouse


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bree1310 | Oct. 11, 2009 at 10:29 a.m. (report)

Why is no one talking about California Pizza Kitchen??? I've waited years to get CPK here and it is clearly the best chain Milwaukee has!!!

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porsche2 | Oct. 8, 2009 at 12:40 p.m. (report)

not my favorite, too loud, not relaxing, over priced, maybe I'm not the "chain type"

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DowntownRed | Oct. 8, 2009 at 12:03 p.m. (report)

A whole lot of food that tastes all the same. I have never understood why this place is a destination. Devon and Bravo both deserve to be a higher on this list than Cheesecake Factory. When we will people realize that quantity does not equal quality.

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BrewCityAllstar | Oct. 8, 2009 at 10:40 a.m. (report)

Cheesecake Factory isn't bad, but everyone that voted for it needs to check out the Bonefish Grill. When I found out it was a chain, I almost couldn't believe it.

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lks | Oct. 8, 2009 at 9:55 a.m. (report)

I never understand why people love this place. So many better chains, non-chains, and fast food restaurants than the Cheesecake Factory.

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