Sunday, April 24, 2016

Cheddar’s Casual Café (Athens, GA)

2040 Oconee Connector, Athens, GA 30606
Cheddar’s Casual Café is a chain of restaurants that originated in Irving, Texas, in 1979 and currently has 135 locations in 23 US states. While it looks a bit nicer than Applebee’s or Chili’s, it serves a fairly similar menu of steaks, chicken, seafood, burgers, salads and desserts.

We start out with the Onion Rings ($4.49), which is a true mountain of very tasty, hand-battered onions, fried crispy, and with a nice spicy Cajun dipping sauce. Far too much to eat as a starter with just two people. 

My wife gets the Fish Tacos ($7.49), while I get the Smokehouse Burger ($7.99) – both with fries. The Smokehouse is a standard Western-type burger with bacon, bbq sauce, and crispy onion strips. Tasty but unremarkable. The fries are thick-cut and somewhat crispy, but slightly underwhelming. My wife also got the Strawberry Lemonade ($2.29), which was not too sweet and quite addictive.

VERDICT: 84/100

Cheddar’s is a nicer-looking “neighborhood café” chain with a few remarkable dishes (notably the onion rings and strawberry lemonade).

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