One of my family’s favorite places to eat is Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen. It’s not just the affordable prices, or the fact that they make everything from scratch, but the friendly & quick service, and have you TRIED the chicken strips? No, seriously, HAVE YOU? They’re the best chicken strips I’ve ever had in my life, and oh my goodness, those warm honey-butter croissants. Okay, now I’m hungry!
We’ve been visiting Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen for so long that we’ve tried just about everything on their menu, and at this point, always order the same thing. We’re not boring, or unadventurous, our preferred dishes are just so good that we crave them and get buyers remorse if we don’t order our faves.
Lo and behold, pulling me right out of my routine, Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen contacted me and asked me to come in to try their NEW menu items.
NEW, YOU SAY? I was so in.
Let it be known, there are a lot of new menu items to choose from, and everything sounds so good it’s hard to know what to choose, but I don’t think you can go wrong! I’ll tell you what we had, because we’re definitely going back for more!
It was a quiet Monday night when we walked in, greeted by the hostess and who I think was a manager and then by easily the friendliest waiter I’ve ever had (and I’ve waited tables) and we immediately put in our drink orders.
There are 4 new drinks on the menu- the Cheddar’s Pina Colada, the Island Tiki, the Ruby Red Fusion Punch & The Presidente Sangria.
We ordered the Pina Colada ( Appleton Estate Signature Blend rum, real fruit puree and a splash of sweet & sour, topped with Myers’s Original Dark rum and garnished with a toasted coconut rim and a fresh pineapple wedge) & the Island Tiki (Captain Morgan and Malibu rums mixed with tropical mango puree, pineapple juice, Sweet & Sour and Blue Curacao)
We really loved both of them! The Pina Colada was perfect because it wasn’t blended (I always find blended drinks so heavy) and wasn’t too sweet, and the Tiki was refreshing (and enormous, can’t complain!)
We then ordered 2 new menu items (of course, along with some chicken strips, because let’s be real, I can’t be without them). Let it be known that I am NOT good at food photography. I’m working on it, but my pictures do the dishes ZERO justice. Hopefully my words will do better!
The Signature Shrimp & Chicken Salad– Blackened shrimp, grilled chicken, fresh greens, pineapple, tomatoes, carrots and toasted coconut, drizzled with a bourbon glaze and sweet vinaigrette
If you like a little sweetness to your salad with a tangy kick, this is definitely the salad for you. I’m more a savory girl, but the chicken was seasoned perfectly and the shrimp was so yummy! And there’s one of those infamous crescents I was talking about earlier!
Holden (9 years old going on 19) insists on ordering off of the adult menu, and is forever insisting on ordering seafood, so we let him go a little wild by ordering the new Blackened Redfish with Crab Sauce– a creamy mixture of half & half and super lump crab meat with hints of black pepper, lemon juice and spices, and it’s all ladled over a steaming hot plating of the blackened redfish filet and seasoned rice.
It’s a little on the pricier side for Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen’s menu–but totally worth it. It was SO good we were literally all stealing it from Holden’s plate. That and his loaded baked potato with their delicious broccoli & cheese casserole.
For dessert, we ordered the new Apple Crisp a la Mode- which you’re only going to share because you’re too full to eat it by yourself (and it’s big enough for 4). Warm & yummy and the perfect way to end an awesome meal!
HOPEFULLY you have a Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen near you so you can stop in and try these awesome new items. And don’t forget the chicken strips while you’re there!
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