For many people, Chili’s and Applebee’s are among the first names that come to mind when talking about casual chain restaurants. These chains are pretty much everywhere. But while Chili’s and Applebee’s may be well known for good food and reasonable prices, they are not the only restaurants that deserve such praise. There are quite a few restaurant chains that are just as good, including Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen.
In this article we rank Cheddar’s most popular menu items, from bad to great.
12. Chicken Alfredo
Cheddar’s chicken alfredo is not worth your time or money. Chicken is limp and the sauce is barely seasoned.
11. Top Sirloin Steak
A good steak is hard to come by especially if you order it in a chain or fast casual restaurant. There are a few like Longhorn Steakhouse, Texas Roadhouse and Logan’s Roadhouse but these are a dime a dozen. And at Cheddar’s you might want to skip the steak because chances are, it won’t be cooked how you want it.
A burger can usually satisfy all your cravings but at Cheddar’s, the burgers are sub-par with soggy buns and overly cooked patties.
At Cheddars, the ribs aren’t your typical barbecued ribs. I mean it’s good, just not the best. They’re a bit on the dry side and not especially flavorful.
8. New Orleans Pasta
Some people really love Cheddar’s New Orleans Pasta and say it’s akin to “taking a bite out of heaven.”
7. Coconut Shrimp
At Cheddar’s, you can order some really good appetizers, but the one we absolutely enjoyed is the coconut shrimp. It’s very flavorful and the coconut flavor in the sauce shines. It’s creamy, coconutty, with a bit of orange and pineapple.
6. Chicken Tenders
The chicken tenders are comparable to what you can order at Popeyes. Some say it’s the star of the menu.
5. Cheese Fries
Cheddar’s cheese fries are actually delicious. Layered like movie popcorn the fries are “decadent” and you’ll be coming back for more.
4. Monte Cristo
Cheddar’s has an impressive sandwich menu and the Monte Cristo is one of the best we’ve ever had. It has smoked ham and turkey dipped in funnel cake batter. There is a raspberry preserve for dipping and dusted with powdered sugar.
3. Country Fried Chicken
Country fried chicken is usually best ordered in fast food joints but Cheddar’s is an exception. It’s a heavy dish and massive with mashed potatoes and gravy.
2. Chicken Pot Pie
Chicken pot pie is prepared fresh and it’s very rich and creamy with lots of chicken and vegetables.
1. Chicken Fried Steak
The #1 item on Cheddar’s menu is the chicken fried steak. It’s cooked and seasoned so well. Golden and crunchy on the outside, and very tasty and tender inside. It’s full of flavor, with a side of fluffy mashed potatoes and delicious gravy. If you plan on ordering only one item on the menu, this one is it!
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