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Cheddar's Casual Cafe

1650 Rinehart Rd.
Sanford, FL, 32771
(407) 302-4120
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The town of Sanford is rapidly expanding its growing list of restaurants. 

While there are a few independent places of note, like Hollerbach's Willow Tree Cafe, most of the expansion is coming by way of chain restaurant. 

As part of a mixed use development, the area  on St. Johns Parkway and Rhinehart Road will soon be playing host to Long Horn Steakhouse, Carrabba's, Buffalo Wild Wings and Central Florida's first  Cheddar's Casual Cafe that recently opened.

The neighborhood-style restaurant was founded in 1979 by Aubrey Good and Doug Rogers in Arlington, Texas and  has more than 135 company owned and franchise locations in 23 states.

Inside you will find an interior that includes solid cherry and walnut butcher block tabletops and cedar mill work with a granite bar top and a 400-gallon freshwater fish tank.

Cheddar's serves steaks, chicken, seafood, burgers, salads and desserts, along with a full service bar in an 8000 square foot restaurant that can seat up to 288 guests.

Since Cheddars has so much room and can host banquets, we thought we would give them a try with a party of six.

We started off with a big stack of the Homemade Onion Rings.

These onion rings have a thick crunchy batter similar to a southern style fried chicken. They come with a side of ranch and Cajun dipping sauce and were very tasty. 

We also split an order of the Santa Fe Spinach Dip.  It was nice and gooey with all the right flavors, and as good as spinach dip can be.

For my dish, I chose the Chicken Fried Steak
and had the broccoli and cheese casserole and mashed potatoes as my side.

The fried steak overall was good, however the batter was a bit thick and overbearing.

There was a big chunk of what appeared to be steak, but was actually a big chunk of batter. They also managed to stuff a piece of Texas Toast under the whole steak that got nice and mushy.

The broccoli casserole was really good though!

The Philly Cheese Steak was really good also. 

It is made with cut up Rib Eye steak and has the usual accouterments of mushroom, peppers, onions and cheese.

The Beer Battered Fried Shrimp was nothing to write home about. It wasn't bad, but again it was another item that was over battered.
One of our guests ordered the Grilled Whitefish with Lemon Pepper seasoning.

They said the fish was cooked well and had a good flavor. Whitefish is a member of the Salmon family.

My wife ordered the Steak and Shrimp.

This a center cut top sirloin that is supposed to be grilled to your liking, that comes with shrimp cooked any way you prefer.

I say supposed to be, because.....apparently The folks at Cheddars newest location couldn't  cook a steak properly if their life depended on it.

The steak was ordered "Medium"---It came out blackened and burnt to a it got sent back. Forty minutes later, they sent a steak that was actually burnt on the outside and raw in the in  the cow was still mooing raw. How they managed that feat is pretty amazing.

By the time we received the second steak, everyone at the table was done with their food, and sending it back a third time would have been futile. Our server did apologize, but we were offered no discounts in return for the terrible cuts of meat they tried to serve us repeatedly.

We did end things off on a sweeter note with a sampling of the Desert Mini's.

We had Chocolate Trifle and Strawberry Cheesecake. Both were delicious.

At the end of the day...Cheddars is comfort food at very affordable prices in a friendly atmosphere.

The menu is quite large and you can definitely find something for everyone.

Service can be spotty sometimes, but maybe that's because its a newer place.

If you stick with things like Fried Chicken, Onion Rings, Burgers, and Chicken Pot Pie....I think you will have a good experience.....Just don't order the steaks!

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