Taking a day off from cooking at Cheddars Scratch Kitchen
It’s been a busy couple of months for us after the holidays and then getting straight back into the swing of school and activities. Last week, my husband went away on not one but two conferences. It kind of tipped the scale of chaos for me to juggle the three boys, separate after-school activities, dinner and bedtime routine. So we trotted off to Cheddars Scratch Kitchen for dinner to give ourselves a break. I must admit, I’ve always lumped the Cheddars chain with Applebees and Chili’s. However, since they’ve started rebranding with a fresher, scratch-made approach to cooking, Itty Bitty Foodies were pleasantly surprised. So surprised that we brought Daddy there the next week when he got back from his conferences.
*Full disclosure: This is a sponsored post from Cheddars Scratch Kitchen. All opinions are my own.
We love supporting small local businesses but there are several chain restaurants that we like. If you’re looking for a no-nonsense casual meal made from fresh basic ingredients, Cheddars Scratch Kitchen delivers. Inside the restaurant was warm and welcoming with many booths that are just right for wriggly kids to sit in. Our favorite area was to sit under the atrium and watch the gigantic fans slowly turn like a rotisserie grill. There’s a separate large bar area to catch up on sports over drinks. But we liked that it was separate and there were no televisions in sight for our family meal. Family meals are sacred for us and meals out gives parents a break while letting someone else host.
The menu is not frou frou so don’t expect lobster mac ‘n cheese but chicken tenders are made with all white meat, hand-battered and made to order. Even the ranch dressing is whisked up in-house.
Since getting my braces, it’s been difficult for me to eat meat. But I was able to share a rack of ribs with 10 year old Pikelet without much trouble. The ribs, which are hand-mopped and smoked in-house, came out tender, falling off the bone. We paired the dish with a side of soft Southern green beans and I was able to chew through the whole meal. If you have little ones just starting on solid food, we recommend the ribs and Southern green beans.
The loaded baked potato soup was complete comfort food especially for the colder months. Thick, hearty and loaded up with cheese and bacon.
Like the potato soup, the bacon cheeseburger was loaded up to the max with four slices of bacon, cheddar cheese and all the fixings with a slathering of honey mayo.
We tried several kids menu offerings like the grilled chicken breast over seasoned rice and the pasta with marinara sauce. Both were finished by my younger two boys but the portions would be a little small for my 10 year old.
Which in turn left some room for dessert. The dessert minis, tasting portions of key lime pie, chocolate trifle and strawberry cheese cake were just perfect in price ($1.49 each) and size. We ordered one of each for the table and the kids were happy as clams.
The apple crisp a la mode was a flop, literally. There was plenty of apple but very lacking in crisp. The dish was one big mush. When we asked the server about it, she said that several people have also made the same complaint.
On a different occasion we ordered the hot fudge cake sundae. This was one of those huge towering slices of cake that feeds a village. We started happily digging in, as memories of grandma’s old fashioned chocolate cake during an era when no one complained about sugar rushes filled our brains. But after a few minutes, we all slowed and couldn’t finish it. It was an admirable effort but even with three boys, there was still 1/3 of the slice leftover.
Cheddars Scratch Kitchen were great hosts and we left with bellies full and happy. Cheddars Scratch Kitchen has been around since 1979, take a day off from cooking and do find a location near you. To celebrate their fresh start, Itty Bitty Foodies are partnering with Cheddars Scratch Kitchen and giving away four (4) $25 gift cards. Just enter in the widget below. Competition ends February 10th 2016. Open to US residents only. You can enter everyday and there are many ways to get extra entries.
Till our next Happy Meal!