Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen Review
Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen
Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen is a popular restaurant chain across much of the United States. Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen came to Lincoln, NE several months ago. I didn’t try it for quite some time due to the death of my best friend Ray Sollenberger who often accompanied me on culinary journeys.
I finally went for the first time about four months ago with my friends K & L (real names not given). I must admit we were underwhelmed. The broccoli and cheese casserole that “K” and I had was cold. The rice pilaf that accompanied my steak and shrimp combination was sickly sweet. K said that her loaded baked potato was lukewarm, and the cheese was not melted and was hard. L felt that his meal was just average. At that time we all had an experience less enjoyable than we had expected.
With some hesitation that I decided to go again on Sunday September 9, 2012 and give Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen a second chance. Giving Cheddar’s another try was on the spur of the moment and I went by myself. I went in at approximately 2:15 PM and was seated immediately.
Within less than 5 minutes after being seated I was greeted by a very polite and charming young waitress named Ashley. She asked me what I wanted to drink. I already had glanced at the menu and decided that I wanted lemonade. Ashley asked me if instead I would like to try Strawberry lemonade or raspberry lemonade, rather than plain lemonade. Flavored lemonade sounded intriguing so I ordered the raspberry lemonade. Ashley asked if I was ready to order,and I said yes, so she sat down on the other side of the booth ready to take my order. I ordered the lunch portion of the grilled salmon and two accompanying sides, those being the loaded baked potato and the broccoli and cheese casserole. I also ordered a Caesar salad for an additional $1.99.
To my surprise the Caesar salad came with a sweet yet tasty croissant. The Caesar salad was quite delicious, with the freshly grated Parmesan flakes being quite large, a bit salty and very tasty. This was by far one of the best Caesar salads that I have eaten.
My main course came in record time; in fact I was not even done eating my salad, which I did finish before eating my main course. With my main course I first tried the broccoli and cheese casserole which consisted of cheese, broccoli and rice. The experience with this dish was much different than my first experience with this side dish at Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen as it was actually a “hot” dish this time and you could pleasantly taste all of the ingredients. I next tried the loaded baked potato which was also quite delicious and just the right temperature.
The grated cheddar cheese was melted and with just the right amount of sour cream as to not be overpowering, the potato was as the saying goes “just what the doctor ordered.” Next came the grilled salmon which rested upon a small helping of buttered rice containing a few peas and carrots. The salmon was cooked just right and flaked apart as it should and the rice and vegetables that came with it and that were seasoned perfectly were an added delight.
I must also say that Ashley made the meal even more enjoyable with her smile and positive attitude. On my first visit to Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen I would have only given them a four on a one to ten scale with ten being the best. On this visit I would truthfully admit that they earned a ten on a one to ten scale.
Very Good. ***