Oh how the masses flock when a new chain restaurant opens! Cheddar's opened up a location at Northgate Mall in August and it's been PACKED ever since! There is also a Cheddar's in Florence - but that's way to far for us NorthWest siders!
Larry was pretty hungry - so the amount of food here is going to seem ridiculous! First up was their honey butter croissants (3 for $2.49). These are freshly baked and very flaky. I didn't love the honey butter - they were too sticky - I would have preferred just regular old butter.
Larry also decided he needed mozzarella sticks ($6.79). After ordering and having two bites - we're pretty sure there was some egg in these - but it was a small amount that Larry decided he could tolerate. The ranch at Cheddars is awesome - I didn't even bother trying the marinara. :-) I do prefer batter on my sticks to breading but for breading - these were good.
The Good: the onion straws are really unique in their shape/texture and the "bbq chicken" is almost roasted chicken that's been shaved and then bbq sauce drizzled on top. I really like the way they cut up the chicken - very different than shredded or diced. It's also HUGE.
The Bad: I don't like getting a salad with dressing tossed in - I had to really dig into the salad to even figure out if there was dressing on it. The chicken was cold and a little dry - so while I liked the way it was cut - it would have been better warm.
The Net-Net: I wouldn't order it again.
The red beans & rice were really good. I would definitely order these again - a slight kick to them but really just the flavor was spot on. I liked this a lot. Although - after the amount of food we had - we didn't finish them...Oye - we were full!
Why Should You Go: I think Cheddar's is pretty much in the same bucket with Fridays, Applebees and the rest. It's fine and I'm sure we'll go back because it's so close to the house - but definitely not until it calms down a bit. I'm not waiting 45 minutes for it.