Yesterday morning I saw this tweet go by: Ruhlman was heading off to the Cheesecake Factory to "see for myself." I thought "Oh here we go, this should be good." It turns out he was challenged by author and journalist Kelly Alexander to go eat the Miso Salmon dish and not enjoy it. (Showing here)
^ ...yes, there was a wait at lunch.
Grand Lux Cafe was conceived by Cheesecake founder David Overton when approached by Vegas' Venetian Resort, Hotel and Casino to create an upscale version of his chain. There are now 13 locations across the country. I believe Lux's price point is slightly higher and there are only a few dishes shared with the Factory. What they do have in common: a massive menu, generous (bordering on outrageous) portions, and passionate devotees. When I find myself at a bit of a deficit (let's say due to more research of the Burgundy region's white wines) ...this place nicely fits the bill.
^ The finish-out carries over from the Las Vegas original. The room is huge and the detail is impressive.
A favorite dish is the Max Burger: Angus beef stuffed with short ribs, etc. - but not today.
^ Short Rib Grilled Cheese: Slow-roasted Short Ribs, Caramelized Onion and Creamy Melted Cheese on Grilled Country Bread, Peperoncini Relish. And the gargantuan Fish and Chips: Fresh Fish Tempura Style, Peanut Cole Slaw, House Tartar Sauce.
The bread on the sandwich was just so and the short ribs, succulent. The fish was well prepared, juicy - the batter crisp and light. And there are, like, six or seven large pieces - insane. I left feeling quite a bit better. Mission accomplished.