The building that The Cheeze Factory Restaurant is in used to be Dells Cheese Company. The restaurant boasts itself as a 100% vegan & non-GMO establishment with a coffee bar, gluten-free options and “heavenly desserts.” Chris had heard of it already, and we knew it would be one of the very last stops on our road trip. Expectations were high, at least on my part.
We still had a few hours of driving left til we’d be home, so I decided I needed an Italian Espresso Float to help me out. I find espresso too bitter for my liking, so the “ice cream” was perfect to help temper the bite. It’s like an adult ice cream float!
The menu is pretty extensive, so it was tough deciding what to get. The House Specialties range from stir fry to spaghetti and meatballs, and sandwiches include burgers and “tuna” salad. I think it’s smart for a vegan restaurant in such a tourist-heavy area to make such familiar dishes, so anyone who ends up there can feel comfortable choosing something off the menu.
The brunch menu offers all the regulars: pancakes, waffles and scrambles. My eyes honed in on the Fried “Chicken,” “Bacon” & Maple Wafflewich: This sweet and savory dish combines two layers of waffles, a battered and pan-fried “chicken” cutlet, smoky tempeh “bacon”, all smothered in a decadent maple reduction. Served with a side of “sour cream”, fried banana and fresh fruit. We highly recommend this for brunch or any time.
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I didn’t like it.
For one, I don’t think this dish is worth $15.95. The waffles appear to be cheap, frozen waffles and the maple reduction is gross. It’s incredibly sweet and I expected something like syrup, but this is definitely NOT syrup. The “chicken” and “bacon” on their own were okay but nothing all that special. I liked the fried bananas and fresh fruit, but the “sour cream” didn’t really seem to go well with anything. I was pretty bummed that the overall dish bombed that badly.
Next time I’d probably try the Rattlesnake Tofu or the Healthy, Wealthy & Wise.
We had to round out our meal with some dessert from the irresistible bakery case (check out the video above), and we settled on the Glorious Chocolate Cake. They embellished it with a candy heart and a heart in cocoa powder on the plate – super cute! I found the cake itself nice and moist, and both the mousse filling and ganache icing added a nice creaminess to it.
If The Cheeze Factory Restaurant was in the Twin Cities, I wouldn’t find myself going there too often, mainly because of the price. I like the variety of dishes, though, and it’s hard to beat all those sweet treats! They also do some outreach by hosting movies like Cowspiracy and Speciesism which I think is awesome. I’m glad we could support a restaurant with a mission I believe in.
The Cheeze Factory Restaurant
521 Wisconsin Dells Parkway S
Wisconsin Dells, WI 53965