For over 30 years, Cheddar’s has been creating handmade, made-from-scratch quality food at a great price. Based out of Irving, near DFW airport, Cheddar’s Casual Café has ranked tops in the nation in Zagat’s 2012 list for number one full service restaurant chain as well as Top Overall American cuisine. What has made Cheddar’s so unique is that you are getting American comfort food, made fresh daily at a wonderful price.
Now Cheddar’s is pleased to announce some fantastic new menu items, new uniforms and new restaurant décor that sets the bar for American cuisine.
Since April 2013, Cheddar’s has been working on revitalizing the restaurants and their image. While customers will still get from scratch croissants, chicken fried steak and pot roasts you will also get to try new dishes that sample other ethnic styles as well as low calorie options and sides. Restaurant goers looking for lighter options are not relegated to salads. Executive chef Robert Pesch was on hand for a media preview of the new dishes and described the menu planning process. “We always look at our menu and take suggestions from our staff about what our customers are eating and what is popular. Then we experiment with different dishes and have come up with a new menu that people will enjoy.” Pesch states, “They are all value items on the menu and they are all handmade.”
These upgrades include new upholstery, granite bar, butcher block table tops, new light fixtures, upgraded restrooms, new greenery and new stacked stone walls at the interior entry. The capacity at most Cheddar’s restaurants is about 288 guests. The feel of the restaurant gives it a more upscale experience without compromising on the value of the food. There are around 140 company owned and franchise locations in 24 different states. Even employee uniforms are different changing from white shirts to black shirts and long pinstripe aprons for the wait staff.
New Menu Options
“Our new dishes focus on flavor first, with an appreciation that some people are changing the way they eat for health reasons,” said Pesch.
For guests who are counting calories, Cheddar’s new Lighter Side menu features rich, delicious steak, seafood and chicken dishes that don’t skimp on taste and all contain less than 575 calories. For those who like to plan calorie consumption ahead, the new menu can be found online at www.Cheddar’s.com.
The Asian Salad features fresh greens tossed with chicken, carrots, herbs and mango stacked between two fresh wonton crisps and topped with peanut sauce and sweet chili glaze. The new BBQ Chicken Salad combines roasted corn, grape tomatoes, two cheeses, bacon and onion straws tossed in Cheddar’s homemade BBQ Ranch Dressing.
Healthier side dish options definitely give Cheddar’s an edge. Cheddar’s unique, healthier new sides, include Edamame, Homemade Black Beans, and Fresh Apple & Yogurt Medley. Guests can end their meal on a sweet note with the new Strawberry Cheesecake Mini, a homemade cheesecake with a fresh strawberry topping that is just the right size and priced at 99 cents. Cheddar’s also adds to the dessert menu by adding chocolate to their already decadent croissants. They have a new warm Chocolate Croissant Bread Pudding topped with rich vanilla ice cream, caramel sauce and almonds.
The full range of new menu entrees includes Grilled Baja Chicken*, Lemon Pepper Whitefish*, Sweet Heat Chicken & Shrimp*, Garlic Parmesan Sirloin Steak*, Citrus Miso Glazed Salmon*, Asian Salad, BBQ Chicken Salad, Steak Toppers, Mushroom Swiss Cheeseburger and Jalapeño Burger.
For the media event, the sample dishes included the Asian Salad which had a sweet and spicy kick with regards to the peanut sauce and sweet chili glaze. Other samples included the Grilled Baja Chicken. At just 490 calories, Chef Pesch states that “it’s a hearty meal with fewer calories and the beans were meant to resemble borracho or drunken beans making them soupier and gravy like rather than dry. It complements the rice and gives the chicken a unique flavor.”
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