If your paycheck had a few more zeros at the end, where would you eat? Would you fly to Hong Kong for dim sum, or perhaps dine on escargot on Paris’ Rive Gauche? How about osso bucco in Milan or tagine in Marrakech? Or else you could…just go to the Cheesecake Factory. What with their super-cheesy, wannabe-Vegas-style décor and menus so large that Ellen DeGeneres once called them (via Salon) “the only menus visible from space,” Cheesecake Factory is a restaurant seemingly plucked straight from a sitcom. In fact, a generic-looking Cheesecake Factory was a key setting in The Big Bang Theory, much like Central Perk in Friends.
Despite the Cheesecake Factory’s falling solidly into the category of Middle Class Fancy as derided by the Twitter account of the same name, the fact is, Ellen ate there, along with wife Portia de Rossi. The Kardashians have dined there, as have Drake, Britney Spears, Steph Curry…the list goes on. One celeb, in particular, had a serious CF habit – First We Feast reports that former NFL quarterback Vince Young regularly dropped $5000 per week dining there, and Sports Illustrated says he even admitted to dropping $15,000 on one single meal. While we don’t know if every star partook of the Cheesecake Factory’s signature dessert, Fox News reports that Kimye did enjoy the cheesecake, along with tacos, spinach dip, and chicken, at a Cheesecake Factory in Dayton, Ohio back in happier days.