It’s a Thursday night, 5:30 and I’ve got to get my toddler new shoes for school for Friday. If you’ve ever experienced shoe shopping with a toddler, you know that it can take more time than expected. We were pushing dinnertime and decided to stop somewhere out instead of rushing home to get something on the table. We’ve had good luck at Cheddar’s so we thought we’d try that again.
Cheddar’s in located in the Brighton Place Shoppes (Shoppes? Really?). Out front is a water feature that my son was instantly attracted to. The waterfall is visible both on the parking lot side and on the patio side. We were immediately seated with my request to be close to the fish tank. The tank is very large and contains bright fish and lots of plants. This was an instant success with my son who is easily distracted by fish and bright tanks.
While he was distracted with the fish, we ordered dinner. We had potato skins first ($6.49) with Sam Adams Boston Lager and Sam Adams Summer Ale (both $5.50 for 23 oz). We got 8 skins wedges with a good portion of cheese, bacon, and green onions. They were a bit greasy but nothing out of the ordinary for potato skins.
Our server was available easily to make ordering quick. I got the grilled catfish with Cajun spices, French fries, and coleslaw ($9.29). The fish seasoning was quite salty. I’ve also tried it fried on a previous visit which is much better in seasoning. The dinner came with two pieces of catfish. I was offered that or the lunch which I assume comes with one. The filets were on the bigger side so in the future, I’d only get one.
We also ordered the smokehouse burger which comes with bacon, cheddar, BBQ sauce, and onion straws ($5.79). Fries were an additional $2.19. The burger met expectations but was an average burger. It could have used a little more BBQ sauce as well as the option on how well-done the burger was cooked.
Cheddar’s food is of average quality. The real draw here is the speed of service, the distractions available to an antsy toddler, and the reasonably priced food. Our bill was less than $35 before tip. This included an appetizer, two tall beers, and two entrées. If you are looking for a quick bite to eat with a young child, I’d highly recommend Cheddar’s.
One note of recommendation to any restaurant proprietor: if you want to gain the appreciation and loyalty of parents, please provide a small step stool for the bathroom. I’d recommend this Bumbo Step Stool. Balancing a toddler on my knee while trying to ensure his hands get washed without water going everywhere is more exercise than I need. Parents remember where these accommodations are provided!