Location: 3401 Dufferin Street, North York (inside Yorkdale Mall)
I don’t know, man. What do you want me to say about yet another generic, mediocre hamburger from a big chain restaurant? Seriously: what can I say about this burger that I haven’t said about countless others?
I guess I could say that it could be worse, because it definitely could be worse. I found that out very recently.
I don’t think too many people are even ordering the burger at the Cheesecake Factory. They’re known more for their heaping, super-sized portions of American comfort food, such as the breakfast burrito that weighs in at a comical 2730 calories, and of course the eponymous cheesecake.
And even if people are ordering the burger, they’re probably ordering the more elaborate concoctions, such as the one topped with mac and cheese, or the one filled with gooey cheddar.
I, on the other hand, ordered the Old Fashioned, which comes topped with a very basic assortment of lettuce, tomato, onion, pickles, and mayo.
The waitress asked me if I wanted it cooked to well done or medium well. Since the burger at a place like this usually comes cooked to well done by default, I appreciated that.
I asked for medium well, which was nice because I suspect that the burger otherwise would have been quite dry, but it was actually able to retain some moisture.
Otherwise? It wasn’t bad, I guess. The texture was okay and it had a nice bit of char from the grill. It didn’t taste particularly beefy, but it didn’t taste bad, either. The soft bun was okay, too. The whole thing was fine. It existed and I ate it and I’m not mad about it. I guess you can’t ask for much more than that at a chain like this.
As for the fries, they were also fine, but they were pale, lifeless, and personality-free.