Gluten-Free on the New Cheesecake Factory Menu??

Well, it‘s that time of year again. My best friend just loves the Cheesecake Factory, so I’m off to another birthday bash next week. So I was just trying to figure out if there was anything I would dare order this year. (I chickened out last year because I didn’t want to get sick).

Turns out The Cheesecake Factory is in the process of rolling out a new menu across the US right now: Feb 10-March 6th. But there is NO indication on the website as to what the new menu contains. So I have an email in to see if the new menu may offers any GF options. But since there is absolutely no mention of gluten anywhere on the entire website (they simply refer to a generic “allergies”), I think it may be another birthday meal of watching all my friends eat super rich, gluteney food while I abstain. We’ll see what they reply to my gluten-free menu item query.

Have you been to a Cheesecake Factory lately? Have you seen the new Winter 2012 menu?

Wait! In the 5 minutes between leaving the Cheesecake Factory site to start this post until now, they updated the menu!! Wow. Talk about timing!! So I just scoured the new Cheesecake Factory Winter 2012 Menu and not only are there not “gluten-free selections” (which the servers and corporate were promising for the last year), but the word “gluten” is not used ONCE on the entire 19 page menu!!!! Neither is the word “allergy.” (I did a Search on the PDF and came up with ZERO results. Amazing.) The only mentions that remotely address our GF issue are these lame disclaimers: “Please alert your server of any food allergies, as not all ingredients are listed on the menu.” and ┬áthe website’s FAQ answerWe will do our best to accommodate any special health and/or dietary requirements that our guests may have. When placing your order, just inform your server of your special requests and we will be happy to offer substitutions.

Hum. Don’t think you could pay me to eat at the Cheesecake Factory next week. But I’ll still post back when I get a reply from my email.

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6 Responses to “Gluten-Free on the New Cheesecake Factory Menu??”

  1. James 01/19/2013 at 3:29 PM #

    I just called my local on in Colorado (Park Meadows Mall in Lone Tree). They said they accomodate. It’s like other resurants that ‘accomodate’ but are not overtly gluten free welcoming (which is often the best you can do). They’re not “guarenteeing” no cross contamination but neither are many other resturants that we eat at anyway. Two popular dishes they say are Chiken Madeira (slight mod for GF) and Baja Chicken Tacos which are probaly like chicken Fajitas. It’s kind of tough for Cheesecake lovers to look at all that Cheesecake they can’t eat although my wife (absolutley “off the chart” extreme celiac) often eats cheesecake in lots of places and skips the crust without trouble. I have a gift card someone gave me and we may use it soon. I’ll report back if we do.

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  2. Barbara 05/23/2012 at 6:34 PM #

    Tried to eat at Cheescake Factory last night. I am Celiac…I sent them an email 2 years ago to request a better menu for GF options. They said they were developing it…
    Nothing…nothing in 2 years has changed. The Cheesecake factory does not care about GF and that is obvious. Don’t bother to eat there …too painful to search through a 25 page menu searching for something to eat besides white rice and feeling badly that you can’t eat all the other 1,000 things they offer..or don’t dare try …the servers are CLUELESS and too busy to care as well.:(

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    • noi 05/23/2012 at 7:52 PM #

      I’m so sorry you had a bad experience there Barbara. I’m afraid I’ve had the same thing happen to me as well. Now whenever a group decides to go there, I still go for socialization but I eat before leaving. Then I just have an iced tea and chat. I’ve never once been tempted to try to eat there because of exactly what you noted: they’re too busy and there’s too much gluten to be safe. So I doubt they’ll ever be able to serve anything truly gluten free, even if they did actually get around to their oft-promised GF menu.

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    • CMA 07/05/2012 at 9:47 AM #

      You can get a plain caesar salad at the cheesecake factory, I have Celiac and my hubby is a chef their. I eat there quite frequently. I just get salads with skinnylicious caesar dressing (or I bring my own) You can also always get a burger with no bun. They might not have a menu that is gluten free, but they can accommodate if you ask. Always ask to speak to a manager or a kitchen manager (which is what my hubby is.) They will be more than willing to come up with an option or two for you.

      I hope this helps.

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      • noi 07/05/2012 at 10:23 AM #

        Thanks for this info! It’s a great vote of confidence for Cheesecake Factory. I guess it all depends on who’s working at a particular restaurant…. I’ll have to try this next time friends go there! Thanks for sharing!

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  1. Gluten-Free Cheesecake Factory Menu Items 2012 : || : Gluten-Free Gluten - 02/22/2012

    […] I heard back from Cheesecake Factory today. It actually seems like they have quite a few options for us. I have no idea whether they’re really safe or not (I would bet cross-contamination runs pretty rampant in that kitchen). But I thought I’d share the list in case you wanted to give Cheesecake Factory a try. And if you do, let me know how it goes!! And I’ll post back after I go on Thursday for the birthday celebration. […]

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