What's vegan at The Cheesecake Factory restaurant?
Someone gave me a gift card from The Cheesecake Factory.
Is there anything vegan on the menu besides a plain green salad?
I used to get veg Pad Thai without egg until one waitress figured out I was vegan and mentioned their Pad Thai is made with veal stock. Eww gross.
When I go now, I just get pasta minus the cheese. They have a couple dishes if I remember correctly. One with just tomatoes, basil, and garlic and one with capers and olives (Evelyn's Favorite Pasta, I think it's called). I think I stick mostly to the tomato one because I know it is only dressed with olive oil, but it definitely swims in it. I think they may have had some sort of roasted veg pizza I did once minus the cheese as well, but I'm not sure about that one.
Unless the menu has changed drastically since I went there last year, I would say go ahead and try it as long as you know your best choices are probably pasta minus cheese and/or salad minus egg/meat/cheese without any of their desserts. Of course, their menu is probably online and more updated than I am, so you might want to check their website as well.
I have been there 3 times in the last decade (since being vegan). One time I had some kind of Thai Peanut noodles, but that one was eons ago. The last couple times were under a year and a half ago. Once my waiter was a moron and was SO unhelpful that I ended up ordering a sundae dish of plain strawberries (it's on their dessert menu. You just ask for it without the whipped cream + you have to be willing to shell out $6 for a few strawberries) and a soda. The most recent time my waitress just happened to be a vegetarian with a vegan roommatte, so she was super awesome. She went between me and the kitchen a million times relaying info. She said the pasta had egg (don't know if that was just my location, but ask), and there were some other problems. I finally ended up giving up and telling her, "You seem SO conscientious about this. I'm putting my trust in you. Bring me anything vegan you can think of." Which I have never done, before or since. Oy, the meal she brought was FABULOUS! She'd invented it out of sides. I had a make-my-own-lettuce-wraps plate with mushrooms and lots of other ingredients and dipping sauces. Even a side of some crispy rice noodles with coconut milk. She definitely earned that big tip!
It's a little hard to decipher from their menu what is safe and what isn't but on my website I have an e-mail response from them I got on 8/15/08. They do have a lot of choices and I would like to see vegetarian and vegan choices marked with a symbol in the future.