Summer Fun Idea: Visit Cheddar's Scratch Kitchen for Your Passport to Summer ~ Trendy Mom Reviews
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Monday, July 24, 2017

Summer Fun Idea: Visit Cheddar's Scratch Kitchen for Your Passport to Summer

We hope that you have enjoyed our series of posts that contain fun ways to spend time with your family this summer.  In today's post, we'll share a fun lunch or dinner idea that your family will love - a visit to Cheddar's Scratch Kitchen for tropical hand-crafted island favorites!  Our family fell in love with their island-inspired menu items and we'll tell you why in this post.  We'll also share a giveaway where one trendy reader will receive a $50 Cheddar's Scratch Kitchen gift card!

Let's start with a quick overview of Cheddar's Scratch Kitchen. Cheddar's Scratch Kitchen restaurants are located nationwide. Click here for a store locator.  This trendy restaurant began in 1979 with a core concept that is true to this day - they use quality ingredients and focus on preparing most menu items from scratch.  For instance, we visited over the weekend and asked for insight into their most popular menu items.  We learned that their chicken fingers with ranch dipping sauce is their top seller.  Not only are the chicken fingers breaded and made from scratch, but the ranch dipping sauce is also made from scratch.  In fact, our waiter shared a secret that one of their chefs made a batch of the ranch dipping sauce in the morning, but it sold so quickly that they had to make a second batch while we were there for lunch.  He said that people visit for the made-from-scratch quality and that the chef will probably make additional batches throughout the day.

We also had the opportunity to experience their Passport to Summer which includes several tropical menu items.  Let me give you the full list and then share a few photos of our meals. The Passport to summer includes:
  • Hand-crafted island favorite drinks
    • Maui Margarita
    • Presidente Sangria
    • Island Tiki
    • Cheddar's Pina Colada
    • Cheddar's Painkiller
  • Tropical-inspired menu items
    • Sweet Heat Chicken & Shrimp
    • Grilled Tilapia and Shrimp with Mango Salsa
Let's start with the hand-crafted Maui Margarita.  Isn't this drink beautiful?  I think that their bartenders are enjoying the tropical spirit on the menu because they put such artistic touches on the drinks. Another thing that I noticed is that Cheddar's is generous with the portion size and attention to detail.  Doesn't this drink make you want to visit on a hot Texas evening?!

Let's move on to the Passport to Summer menu items.  We couldn't decide which one sounded better, so we tried them both.  The first is the Sweet Heat Chicken & Shrimp.  I really enjoyed this because it was flavorful.  What really stands out is the balance of the spicy island flavors and mango salsa. Not only did my husband and I enjoy this meal, but our little boy enjoyed it too.

The next menu item is the Grilled Tilapia and Shrimp with Mango Salsa. Again, this meal was perfect thanks to the close attention to detail and tropical flavors.  The spices in combination with the mango salsa are delicious.

We hope that you are able to visit a Cheddar's Scratch Kitchen this month to enjoy the Passport to Summer menu.  It's nice to feel temporarily transported to the tropics thanks to the special beach-inspired menu items.   As a mom, I love this trendy restaurant because I appreciate good quality food that is made from scratch. I also appreciate that my children love this restaurant too!

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One lucky reader will receive a $50 Cheddar's Scratch Kitchen gift card.   Enter using the Rafflecopter below. The winner must have a U.S. shipping address. The winner will have one week to respond to our email with their shipping address. Otherwise, we will select a different winner. Good luck!

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Thanks to Cheddar's Scratch Kitchen for sponsoring this post and providing the prize for this giveaway.

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