We've had a Cheesecake Factory gift certificate lying around the apartment for a few months and decided to cash it in tonight for dinner. Very bad idea. Pulling up to the Cheesecake Factory in Clarendon, we were greeted with throngs (yes, throngs) of people outside the restaurant. There was a line to get in the door to even put your name in. [Note: The picture above was NOT taken tonight; just imagine mass humanity outside] It turns out July 30th is National Cheesecake Day which means that any slice of cheesecake is $1.50. Who knew?
That's all well and good, but you had people hanging out of the place like they were giving away free steak dinners and trips to Cancun. Making matters worse, traffic in the area was a mess, as people apparently flocked from far and wide to enjoy (according to the company's website) a slice of cheesecake at "1978 prices." Unfortunately gas isn't at 1978 prices for dealing with the gridlock and the seemingly endless driving in circles in the Market Commons garage trying to find a spot.
We settled on Bertucci's instead.
***UPDATE*** This post has been linked here at the DC Blogs Noted page (thanks, guys!)