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Grand Lux Cafe

 600 N Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL

The Lexus to Cheesecake Factory's Toyota

Grand Lux is actually operated by the Cheesecake Factory folks, hence the feeling that you are in a Cheesecake Factory when you walk in.

Decor/Ambiance: A huge place, supertall ceilings, lots of wood. Very similar to the designs of the various Cheesecake Factories, but a bit more upscale. Best places to sit are in the circular room on the corner of Michigan and Ontario, as it’s filled with tons of natural light, or along the windows looking out towards Michigan Avenue. Obviously great for groups, but waits are generally long with all the traffic from Michigan Avenue toursists/shoppers. As noted in prior reviews dress is very casual.

Service: Usually good, and a few times I’ve gotten lucky and had an excellent server.

Basically you can’t go wrong here. Like the Cheesecake Factory, menu is huge, portions are huge, and everything is pretty good. It’s always a dependable place for dessert as well. Good times to go (in terms of wait) are after dinner (obviously) and afternoons after walking up and down Michigan doing power/window shopping.

A Box of Warm Homemade Chocolate Chip Pecan Cookies

These are good! But mostly because they bring it fresh out of the oven.

Grilled Ahi Tuna Burger

It’s more of a 4-4.5, but I’ll give it a 5 because suprisingly, I’ve found few places that can do this tuna dish better.

Warm Rustic Apple Pie

This is my favorite thing here, and now I get it every time I go. It’s kind of like a flattened apple pie, or a cross between an apple pie and an apple crisp. It’s savory, not too sweet, and just awesome.

Molten Chocolate Cake

Tons of restaurants make this dessert now. This one’s better than most.

Roasted Pineapple Upside Down Cake

Comes with macadamia nuts and vanilla ice cream. It’s good but overshadowed by some of the other desserts.

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I like the Grand Lux. Interesting to know it’s owned by the Cheescake Factory folks!

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