we went to the mall to get the little guy's pic with santa, so afterward we ate at the cheesecake factory. it was my first time eating there (dw says i'm a bonehead because we've eaten there before, but i disagree), and i have to say i was impressed. i thought it was going to be another tgi fridays, olive garden, or the like, but it was several notches above them as far as a chain restaurant goes.
it wasn't terribly busy, so we were seated at a nice big table in our own quiet section. thankfully, they didn't stick us next to the other tables in another room with 6 or 7 screaming kids at each just because we have a little guy.
we started with the thai lettuce wraps which were fantastic, but overpriced at $13. but it was a good start.
then, dw had the grilled fish (mahi mahi) tacos with black beans and rice, the boy had mini corn dogs and fries, and i had the grilled pork chops, housemade applesauce, mashed, and spinach.
dw's tacos were really good, and the black beans were delicious. they had just a hint of tobasco in them, and were topped with a bit of melted queso.
my pork chops were really good, the red skin mashed spuds and sauteed spinach were very good as well, but the warm, housemade applesauce was fantastic. it had hints of cinnamon, clove, and cardamom.
our waiter was friendly and attentive so the whole deal was an enjoyable experience.
on our way out of the mall, we stopped by mr. cupcakes Mr. Cupcakes
and picked up 3 "snowball fight" cupcakes to go.