The Cheesecake Factory
605 North Harbor Drive
Redondo Beach, CA 90277
The Cheesecake Factory is a freestanding restaurant located in the King Harbor area of Redondo Beach just north of the Redondo Beach Pier. Dining is available inside, in a substantial sized bar area, and outside on the patio. For those looking to dine on the patio there are umbrellas for shade and heaters to keep you warm during cold times. A special counter is available for to go orders and to pick up deserts. Parking is valet only and the minimum charge is steep at $3.50. There are special self parking spaces available for picking up to go orders. The menu runs from American burgers, steaks, seafood and Asian influenced choices. The star of the show is the variety of cheesecakes.
My wife Marcia and I are celebrating our 21st wedding anniversary this month. I’m amazed at that number but even more amazed that we started dating in 1984 – making it 28 years total. That sort of loyalty deserves cheesecake! The Cheesecake Factory is more than a restaurant for us as it was a regular date spot for us and we often picked up dinner to go from this location. To top it off, my wife’s parents surprised me with a Cheesecake Factory wedding cake at our wedding reception at The Catalina Room in Palos Verdes. Suffice it to say, we both like The Cheesecake Factory and we do enjoy anniversaries there. On this day we dropped the kids off and headed out to dinner. We know this location gets busy at dinner time (and we hate to wait) so we got there around 2PM and grabbed a seat on the patio. There happened to be a large party out there and it was a bit loud at first but it was worth it to enjoy the California sunshine and the view of the boats in King Harbor.
Once seated our waiter brought our drinks and a small bread basket. We started off our meal with an order of Asian Lettuce Wrap Tacos ($5.95). I am a creature of habit and my Cajun Jambalaya Pasta ($16.95) habit started many, many years ago when a waiter suggested it. I typically order it on a bed of white rice rather than the pasta it normally comes with because it is easier to eat that way. The Jambalaya features good sized chunks of chicken and medium sized shrimp all cooked in a mildly spicy sauce. The recipe includes white pepper, Cayenne pepper, garlic powder and onion powder so you know it has some punch to it. Toss in some tomatoes, green peppers, red peppers and onions and you have a nicely balanced dish that’s pleasantly challenging but not too much for my middle of the road taste buds. Marcia ordered the Skinny Chopped Salad ($10.95) and she seemed to enjoy it but preferred to steal chunks of chicken from my plate. On this occasion we were so full from lunch that we opted to get our cheesecake to go. No point in stuffing it in. We opted to try something new so we ordered a new flavor – the Hershey’s Chocolate Bar Cheesecake ($7.95). Highly recommended!
The Cheesecake Factory is a bit on the expensive side for a traditional Lunch Pig with the Jambalaya clocking in at $16.95 and sodas coming in at $2.95. What you get for the money is a nice experience, a great location and quality ingredients. I recommend The Cheesecake Factory for a nice meal but I do suggest you go a bit early to avoid the long wait at peak times.