Cheddar’s Casual Cafe is a Texas based company featuring handmade food made in a scratch kitchen since 1979! You can find Cheddar’s restaurants in over 24 states across the south, along the east coast, and in mid-western states! Cheddar’s is in a class of their own! Featuring high quality food in a polished atmosphere at an affordable price! I was invited to visit the Cheddar’s in my home town Waco, TX to experience their new Spring Menu featuring 5 tasty entrees under 575 calories each!
Cheddar’s Lighter Side Menu includes:
- Grilled Baja Chicken
- Garlic Parmesan Sirloin Steak
- Lemon Pepper Whitefish
- Citrus Miso Glazed Salmon
- Sweet Heat Chicken & Shrimp
Cheddar’s has made many upgrades to their restaurants to create an inviting and relaxing atmosphere! Reclaimed Chicago brick and stone from an Austin quarry provide a charming stone wall at the front as you walk in! Choose to enjoy your meal in the dining room or at this exquisite new granite bar!!
Cheddar’s has outfitted my local restaurant with beautiful new butcher-block tables, new upholstery, and new light fixtures! Improvements have been made to the restrooms as well! I can’t tell you how exciting that is for me as a parent of children who love to check out the bathroom of every restaurant we visit…. right smack dab in the middle of our meal!
We started off with a frozen strawberry margarita! Sweet with salt around the rim! My all time favorite cocktail & always my drink of choice out at a restaurant! This margarita was on point with a prefect ratio of sweetness paired with the liquor! The specialty drink prices at Cheddar’s are very modest with most ranging from $3-$4!
Chef Robert Pesch asked Cheddar’s Eclub members for inspiration on what customers wanted to see on the Spring Menu! He created an assortment of items including two salads, two burgers, three sides, and two desserts plus the Lighter Side Menu with 5 handcrafted entrees under 575 calories each!! We started out tasting the NEW Asian Salad!
This salad features fresh greens layered with crispy wontons, topped with chicken, diced mango, carrots, peanut sauce and a sweet chili glaze! One of the best new flavor combinations I have tasted in quite a while! I was amazed at how crisp the wontons stayed. Down to my last bite, I was able to actually pick up the wonton with my hand to eat it the same way you would eat a slice of pizza! The diced mango was so fresh and gave a pop of refreshing flavor in each bite! Served in a large bowl bursting with flavor for only $7.99!
Next up for tasting was Cheddar’s Grilled Baja Chicken. A perfectly seasoned chicken breast served on top of homemade black bean with rice and pico de gallo! This is a HUGE portion for only 490 calories. If you want a stick to your rib kinda meal, this one is perfect for you! I sampled a small tasting portion it was very filling. I’m fairly certain, I could only eat half of this dish and would save the rest for another meal! Great value for only $7.99! I was speaking with Chef Robert Pesch! I told him, I normally am not a fan of beans but I really liked the flavor of the black beans! He went on to tell me…he worked long and hard to perfect the recipe for the black beans to ensure the dish had authentic flavor!
You can tell I’m uber happy in this picture because my smile is so big that my cheeks force my eyes to almost close because I’m smiling so big! Yep…. that’s a big indicator I’m having a great time!
We finished our tasting for the night with this little gem! How many times have you went to a restaurant dreaming of a fabulous dessert only to get stuffed by your meal and have no room left for dessert? I’m raising my hand! I’m a member of that club every time we dine out! Cheddar’s has came up with a great idea. A mini dessert for those like me who only want/need a few bites! My Strawberry Cheesecake Mini had a graham cracker crust with fresh strawberries, delectable cheesecake and REAL whipped cream on top! Fabulous and is only $0.99!
The tasting of the new menu went so well we decided to take advantage of our night out without kids and stayed to order a full meal! I ordered the Shepard’s Pie. It was fantastic. The meat was cooked to perfection with an array of veggies in the rich meaty sauce . Topped with the creamiest mashed potatoes and fried onions! Amazing! My husband ordered the new Jalapeno Burger! A gourmet juicy burger made with fried jalapenos, pepper jack cheese, chipotle may, onion and tomato! Perfect to satisfy your spicy side!!
I am beyond impressed with the decor, atmosphere, quality of ingredients, value and overall vibe at Cheddar’s! I’m also super excited to announce one of my lucky readers will get to experience Cheddar’s for FREE! Cheddar’s has generously offered a chance for one reader to win a $50 git certificate!
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