When Cheesecake Is For
By Luann & Company/ firstname.lastname@example.org
We normally wouldnt dream of having cheesecake for breakfast,
but a trip to the Walt Whitman Mall changed our minds.
In search of a way to combine brunch with last-minute holiday
shopping, the Foodies found ourselves at The Cheesecake Factory
in Huntington Station. Although we have eaten dinner there
many a time, we had never indulged in its Sunday brunch, offered
from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. We had heard a great deal about it
and were anxious to give it a try.
Hands down, our favorite was the Eggs Benedict, served two
ways: traditionally, with ham and hollandaise sauces ($10.95);
or with fresh spinach, bacon and grilled tomato ($11.95).
Both were delicious, warm, and filling, with eggs cooked just
right atop a thick, doughy English muffin-type bread 10 times
better served for the dish than any from Thomas.
Another table-pleaser was the Baja Chicken Hash ($11.95).
A unique take on brunch with a decidedly Latin flavor, the
dish doesnt skimp on any ingredient. It comes with two
crispy tortillas topped with chicken, chorizo, Poblano chiles,
potatoes, corn, red, yellow and green peppers, onions and
cheese. To bring in the breakfast component, it is topped
with eggs and hollandaise sauce.
We had been sold on the Factorys French Toast before
we even got there, enticed by stories of thick, brioche bread
soaked in brandy-infused batter. Grilled golden brown, the
French Toast ($7.95) delivers for a simple, classic breakfast.
Get it Napoleon-style ($10.95) and it comes stacked with strawberries,
pecans and Chantilly cream. Or, get it in a Monte Cristo Sandwich
($11.95), and its stuffed with bacon, grilled ham, scrambled
eggs and melted Swiss cheese, dusted with powdered sugar and
served with strawberry preserves.
The Morning Quesedilla ($11.95) has everything you want and
more: a flour tortilla stuffed with scrambled eggs, bacon,
peppers, onions, black beans, cilantro, cheddar and Jack cheese,
and tomatillo cream sauce, served with guacamole, sour cream
and salsa. If it werent for the eggs and bacon, itd
be lunch for sure.
For $6.95, the Kids Brunch brings a hearty variety of French
toast, bacon and strawberries.
During Sunday brunch, the entire menu is also offered, and
as anyone who has ever been to the Cheesecake Factory before
knows, that means practically anything you can think of, from
burgers to salads to world dishes, pastas and pizzas. Perhaps
the best part of Sunday brunch is you can still finish off
with a slice of cheesecake and feel good about it.
Dont worry if you cant make the 2 p.m. on Sunday
deadline. The Cheesecake Factory serves eggs and omelettes
all day, and that includes the quesadilla.
Walt Whitman Mall
160 Walt Whitman Road
Brunch offered 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sundays;
eggs and omelettes seven days a week, all day.