VIRGINIA BEACH, USA - JULY 29: The Cheesecake Factory's newest addition, Reese's Peanut Butter Chocolate Cake Cheesecake, is revealed on National Cheesecake Day at The Cheesecake Factory on July 29, 2010 in Virginia Beach, Virginia. (Photo by Roberto Westbrook/Getty Images for The Cheesecake Factory)

I consider myself lucky to live in an area where growth and progress occur daily.  And, I especially love to hear of new locations of restaurants opening.  A famous restaurant with a big menu is opening a new North Carolina location.  Nationwide chain The Cheesecake Factory announced plans to open in Huntersville, North Carolina’s Birkdale Village later this year.  The South Park location in Charlotte opened in 2002 and remains a popular spot.  According to Charlotte Business Journal, North American Properties plans the new location for 8701 Townley Road.   The 9500 square foot space formerly housed The Gap.  Although I used to visit The Cheesecake Factory in Charlotte quite a bit, I admit it’s been a while.  As far as chains go, I enjoy the extensive menu.  But, I also admit sometimes being a bit overwhelmed by the 250+ choices of menu items.  However, I like that such a wide variety of dishes allows anyone in your party to find something they enjoy no matter their tastes.

My favorite go-to dish is a chipotle chicken over penne with asparagus.  It has just a bit of a kick.  Of course, we always ordered some cheesecake, even if it was to go.  The Red Velvet Cake Cheesecake is a solid choice among the other dozens.  Anyway, say what you will about chain restaurants.  But, The Cheesecake Factory tends to draw a crowd wherever they go.  So, I bet the Birkdale Village spot will as well.  North American Properties continues to focus on developing the 250,000 square foot space of retail, apartments and offices off Sam Furr Road.  As of now, $20 million has been invested in the mixed use development.  We plan to keep our eyes peeled for that famous restaurant with the big menu to open soon!

7 Fast Food Restaurants We Wish Would Come To North Carolina

We do have some good fast food here in North Carolina. I know I personally could not live without Chick-fil-a. No matter how long the line is I seem to end up there at least once a week. And North Carolina’s own Bojangles and Cookout is a southern staple. Of course, we have all the heavy hitter chains like Mcdonalds’, Burger King, Wendy’s, etc. But just like Bojangles and Cookout are North Carolina institutions there are chains local to other parts of the country that we (unfortunately) don’t have here. If you’ve traveled outside of the state chances are you’ve had the chance to dine at a fast food restaurant that we don’t have in North Carolina. And some of them leave you begging for them to open one up here.

When Shake Shack opened its first Charlotte location the line was wrapped around the building for weeks with people desperate to try it. Chains are going more national now, I think Chick-fil-a has finally made it to California. With that in mind, I created this list of 7 fast food restaurants I wish would come to North Carolina. Some that could be a possibility as they have started coming closer to this area. A few only have locations in southern California making a North Carolina expansion highly unlikely. A girl can dream though. I’m planning a trip next month to Arizona where I’ll get to try some of these for the first time. Cannot wait! Have you tried any of these restaurants or know of any others you’d like to see here? Let us know!

  • Del Taco

    Taco Bell is great and all, but Del Taco is the best of everything serving not only Mexican favorites but burgers, fries, and shakes as well. I never knew I needed a milkshake with my fast food tacos but now I definitely do! The chain is based out of California and has 592 locations. The closest ones to us are in Georgia. Maybe North Carolina will be next?

  • In N' Out

    In N’ Out has such a cult following that I’m sure you’ve heard of it even if you’ve never stepped foot in one. The burger chain is famous for it’s “animal style” entrees. It’s mainly located in the Southwest with Texas and Colorado being the closest location to us.

  • Wienerschnitzel

    If for no other reason than the time I want Wienerschnitzel to come to South Carolina. How fun would it be to just say “I’m going to Wienerschnitzel want anything?”. The menu of course includes hotdogs and corndogs but also burgers, fries, and a meatball sub. Locations are in Arizona, California, New Mexico and other western states. You’d have to go to Texas to find the closest Wienerschnitzel.

  • Eggslut

    Another one that wins just because of the name. They are self-described as “a chef-driven, gourmet food concept inspired by a true love for eggs.” These breakfast items are a step up from your typical fast food fare and are all made from high-quality ingredients. There are only 5 US locations along with several international ones. The US ones are in California and Vegas so doesn’t look like a North Carolina expansion is imminent.

  • Roscoe's House Of Chicken & Waffles

    This soul food fast food chain has 7 locations in the greater LA area. Fried chicken, homestyle sides, waffles, sandwiches, and even chicken liver makes up the menu of Roscoe’s. Fast food definitely doesn’t look like this in North Carolina.

  • Fatburger

    Fatburger considers itself the Last Great Hamburger Stand. While it is a fast food restaurant, the food is cooked and made to order. Some Fatburger restaurants have liquor licenses as well as “fat bars.” Unfortunately, all the locations are in the southern part of California. The burgers, wings, and fries all look incredible.

  • King Taco

    Southern California gets all the good spots. King Taco, another LA based chain, serves soft tacos, burritos, sopes, tamales, nachos, Mexican drinks, and even rotisserie chicken at some locations.