There seems to be a trend today of casual restaurant chains like Olive Garden and TGI Friday’s rebranding themselves as purveyors of scratch-made, craft beer serving establishments. Well Cheddar’s Casual Cafe has joined the arena. The restaurant, which concentrates on quality food in a acceptable price, recently introduced a re-branding effort to highlight it’s efforts toward scratch-made food and healthier choices. The restaurant in Greenville was recently renamed Cheddars menu prices.
Cheddar’s re-brand features a menu update also, which had been showcased in Greenville at a special tasting event a week ago. I attended, along with my hubby, Shannon, who may be my willing partner in crime with regards to trying food, particularly meat dishes, that i avoid. Cheddar’s corporate chef, Robert Pesch was on hand in the event to describe a number of the changes. Pesch said the new menu items were a collective effort to make the Cheddar’s offerings more versatile and to highlight the from-scratch cooking that continues on in every Cheddar’s kitchen.
The menu changes span the whole menu from salads and sandwiches to entrees and cocktails. The brand new menu incorporates a whole section of lighter dishes which are all under 500 calories, plus some more gourmet additions like house made sauces, marinades and fried jalapenos to include depth of flavor.
Asian Salad at Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen. First up was the Asian Salad, a mixture of greens, carrots, mango, fresh cilantro, and topped with chicken along with a peanut sauce. My husband loved this dish. I attempted the sauce and extremely liked a combination of peanut flavor and chili. It experienced a great kick that surprisingly did a great job of unifying each of the elements on the plate.
Shannon’s one comment was that he’d maybe try the dish with a heartier green just like a spinach for more nutrients and vitamins. Second up was the grilled Baja chicken. The dish was composed of Cheddar’s scratch made black beans and rice, both of which were quite impressive in flavor. The chicken and beans were seasoned with a combination of spices that gave them a kick. Many xjybed the individuals sitting around me commented on the spiciness in the dish. I, myself like spice, but people who don’t should probably ask for light spice.
Grilled Baja Chicken over rice and beans at Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen. Third up was dessert, my favorite (needless to say). I love the concept of the mini dessert. You may enjoy something sweet but not feel overstuffed. Needless to say, that’s assuming you don’t order a different one. I used to be tempted. Strawberry Cheesecake Mini at Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen.
Cheddar’s has three mini desserts, a strawberry mini cheesecake, a chocolate trifle along with a key lime pie mini. These actually aren’t new items, however are delicious ones.
We tried the strawberry one. The cheesecake part tasted more like a pudding in texture in my opinion, that i actually prefer, and also the mixture of graham cracker crumbs and berries was perfect. Only thing here is that I might have preferred fresh strawberries, but c’est la vie. At $1.49 I’d definitely order it on my own. Pesch said there have been more changes to come. He said he and his awesome team are working to modernize the salads and on acquiring a new bun for the burgers.