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Over-the-top decor and oversized portions are the theme at this Cheesecake Factory-owned eclectic restaurant.

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This global/eclectic place from the owners of the Cheesecake Factory certainly lives up to its name. The vaulted first-floor entryway is dripping with over-the-top details, from the faux gold-leaf swirls on the walls to the various modes of transportation to the second floor: an escalator, an elevator, and a winding staircase. Three massive dining rooms are full of marble, leather, and opulent blown-glass fixtures. Even the 20-plus-foot-long exposed kitchen is trimmed extravagantly. The menu is full of grandiose sandwiches (ahi tuna "grilled 'au poivre' style" on brioche, grilled jumbo shrimp and bacon on country white) and salads that spill off the oversize plates (Asian chicken, Southwestern, Manhattan chopped) in addition to entrees like a Jamaican pork tenderloin, Mongolian marinated steak, and a variety of Italian-style pastas. There's also a selection of comfort-food dishes like chicken potpie and pot roast. Of course desserts don't take a backseat here: an assortment of the mother restaurant's infamous cheesecakes is offered along with huge portions of key lime pie, carrot cake, and molten chocolate cake. It's likely to attract Michigan Avenue shoppers, but gourmets might go elsewhere.

Laura Levy Shatkin

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