Tuesday, November 3, 2009

The Cheesecake Factory Bar

I normally would avoid a review of a chain restaurant. But I'm making an exception, mainly because there's only 1 Cheesecake Factory on all of Oahu. And this:

Blue Cheese Stuffed Olives. I know the photo isn't great, but believe me they are there. And blue cheese stuffed olives are hard to find. It shows a level of care where every other bar just pulls the thing out of the jar and plunks it in the glass.

Ok, it's not just the stuffed olives, though that's a lot of it, there is also the 10oz glasses. How many times have you gone out for a cocktail and get one of those wimpy 6oz martini glasses? And they charge you $10+ for it and it's gone in 3 small sips. Hell, for me it's gone in 1 normal sip. Look at this. This is a drink. 10oz of delicious, frosty, dirty Grey Goose martini. I have to give props to the bartender too, good ingredients are one thing but their talents took it over the top:
-they shook to the perfect icy temperature,
-enough olive juice to make it dirty but not filthy
-they were light handed with the vermouth (or skipped it all together, in which case I will not complain)
-lastly, they were prompt in an increasingly crowded bar. 

Cheesecake Factory, you had me before hello. You had me at the pre-dinner drink.

 Hello lover!

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