Calabasas Hills, Calif.; 181 units

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Survey strengths

Menu Variety:
The Cheesecake Factory’s voluminous menu features more than 200 items and spans all dayparts. Menu items are made from scratch daily, except for desserts, which are manufactured at separate bakeries. The menu boasts inventive combinations that are hard to recreate at home, like Avocado Eggrolls and Miso Salmon, and 36 varieties of cheesecake, including indulgent items like the Toasted Marshmallow S’mores Galore cheesecake.

Reputation: The chain’s unit and sales growth has come with little to no broadcast advertising since the first restaurant opened in 1978, though the brand drives word-of-mouth buzz through social media and local-store marketing.

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