Cheesecake Factory Comes to Trumbull Mall

One student recalls her first experience at Trumbull’s hottest new restaurant.

Kiki Yalamanchili ‘17
EE Staff Writer


Rating: 4 out of 5 stars!

The best day of summer 2014 hands down had to be August 9th: the opening of the Cheesecake Factory in Trumbull.

I, for one, was delighted upon hearing its opening a couple weeks before. I’ll assure you that I was not the only one waiting outside the entrance that fine morning – there were a ton of people (from all of the surrounding towns, I might add), eagerly anticipating the glorious dive into the food that the newly-constructed resturant had to offer.

A couple of friends and I stormed through the entrance at 11 am expecting to be immediately seated (or at least in ten to twenty minutes). However there was such a large crowd that we had to wait nearly an hour and a half!

The Cheesecake Factory itself, despite its agonizing waiting times, served food that fulfilled my recurring dreams nights before. I have never been one to immediately judge fine dining due to it being a chain restaurant, and have never had a specific preference for one type.

When it comes to fine dining, the food itself is more important than the food living up to its legendary name. This well-known franchise is loved by everybody, including myself.

Their calamari was to die for: perfectly crisp-breaded on the exterior and juicy to the core.

This time when I went to the Cheesecake Factory in Trumbull, I tried the heavenly Godiva Chocolatier cheesecake. Its consistency was perfectly thick and coated with a chocolate layer that was so delectable that I cannot put it into words – the killer combination of chocolate on chocolate was not overdone at all.

Now, why do I give it 4 stars even when the food was absolutely divine? The service.

While it definitely was a busy day and waiting time was to be expected, the overall demeanor of all of the staff was disinterested and just bad.

My waitress was rude by not answering my questions, not delivering any water refills or utensils that I requested, and did not appropriately greet or dismiss the customer. The woman who seated and greeted me at the counter was also very rude in dismissing of me with profane language (underneath her breath, but I could still hear her) and being overly snappy to everyone.

Overall, the atmosphere of the Cheesecake Factory was alive with energy, and it will be a restaurant that will entertain the Trumbull community for a long time.

The Cheesecake Factory houses its infamous cheesecakes right next to Ruby Tuesday’s and the side enterance to the Westfield Trumbull Mall.

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