Cheesecake Factory - Friendship Heights
5345 Wisconsin Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20015
Neighborhood: Upper Northwest
Cuisines: Pizza, Modern, Fusion/Eclectic, American
Nearby Metro Stops: Friendship Heights
Price Range: Moderate
Noise Level: Chatty
Reservations: Not Accepted
Roadside Sliders (mini-burgers with grilled onions and pickles); fire-roasted artichoke; fried calamari; avocado eggrolls; housemade soups; guacamole; cheesecake; Linda's fudge cake.
Conversation is usually at a roar in these all-over-the-culinary-map cafes. The enormous menu has lots of what has come to be known as light fare, which draws a cross section of diners seeking a festive meal at minimal expense.
What to get: Many plates suffer from too much sauce, breading, or seasoning, but signatures such as Roadside Sliders (mini-burgers with grilled onions and pickles), fire-roasted artichoke, fried calamari, house-made soups, made-to-order guacamole, and classic sour-cream-topped cheesecake are reliable.