This past weekend, Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen(whom you might remember as Cheddars Casual Cafe) treated my family and I to lunch at their Sugarland, TX location. There’s nothing that makes me happier than to spend time with the ones I love, over food and great conversation. Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen is a casual, family oriented restaurant that serves quality food at a reasonable price.
As we arrived, we were escorted by a host to our table where we were greeted by Haley(our server). As we looked around, we could see other families, friends and couples all there sharing a meal(this is probably why I refer to it as a family oriented establishment). Our server was enthusiastic and friendly; partaking in conversation as well as recommending some of her favorite items on the menu to us to try.
Before we could even think, she recommended we start with their Croissants( not on the menu), her excitment and enthusiasm made us decide to have 2 orders of their Croissants. WOH! this girl knows what she’s talking about. They may look like your ordinary Croissants in the picture below, but what you can’t see is the melted honey butter on them, so good.
Following our indulgent, we ordered our drinks and meals. To drink, as pictured above: Cabernet, Maui Margarita w/ a shot, Frozen Sangria, Coors Light, and the Passion Punch. Having double the number of cooks than any other restaurant, Cheddars Scratch Kitchen invest a lot time in the preparation of meals. Therefore, they invite guests to use the food preparation time to engage in conversation. I appreciated that time, because sometimes you can go eat some place and not find any time between ordering and eating to truly enjoy your company through laughter and conversation.
Speaking of laughter, during our conversation time. My brother noticed a song that was playing softly in the background. As we all quieted down to listen, we realized they were playing Tabu Ley & Mbilia Bel’s Tonton Skol; one of our father’s favorite songs. We all broke out in laughter, wondering how this song was playing in an American restaurant, while we were there to add to that. That small moment right before the food came was priceless. Now let’s get down to the good stuff;
|Key West Chicken & Shrimp: Grilled Chicken & Shrimp, topped with a pineapple pico de gallo over rice. A side of sweet corn & cheesy rice and brocolli|
|Dijon Chicken & Mushrooms: Grilled Chicken drizzled with honey dijon, served with mushrooms and a side of fries and green beans.|
|Grilled Salmon: Hand-cut in house, grilled to order and served atop rice and a side of mashed potatoes and beans|
|Steak: Served atop fried onions, served with a side of cole slaw and mashed potatoes with gravy|
|Chicken Fried Chicken: Hand-battered and served on atop Texas toast with mashed potatoes and gravy, and a side of green beans|