18. The Cheesecake Factory invented carrot cake cheesecake
Seriously, it was a joke one-off for a friend, and now it's a staple. Huzzah.
19. The first test baker -- hired in 1977 -- is now the Vice President of Guest Experience
And they say there are no long-term careers anymore.
20. Secret menu alert: you can (and should) order a club sandwich and sub in brown bread
Have we said yet that the brown bread is magic? The brown bread is magic.
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Jeff Miller does not feel guilty saying one of his favorite lunches is Cheesecake Factory's Chinese chicken salad and like 50 brown breads. What's your order? Tell him at @jeffmillerla on Instagram and @ThrillistLA on Twitter.