The main complaint most diners have about chain restaurants is that very few, if any, have much of a reputation for making their dishes from scratch. But as you might have guessed by the name, Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen prides itself in doing things a little differently, and there’s a lot you might not know about this popular Texas-based chain.
The chain got its start as just Cheddar’s, then several years later it was changed to Cheddar’s Casual Café. In 2015, as part of a larger rebranding effort meant to emphasize the freshness aspect of their menu, the name was officially changed to Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen.
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Only one item on Cheddar’s entire menu contains more than 2,000 calories: the regular-size cheese fries, which clock in at 2,104 calories, 140 grams of fat, 47 grams of saturated fat, 117 milligrams of cholesterol, and 4,320 milligrams of sodium.
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As part of the chain’s rebranding when the name was changed last year, locals were invited to submit their favorite family recipe in a contest held by each location, with the winning recipe being featured on the menu for a brief time. One of the winners was an 8-year-old girl, whose recipe for “Jara’s Creamy Garlic Mushrooms” beat out hundreds of entries, winning her a spot on the menu for six weeks as well as a $250 Cheddar’s gift card.