Want to know how America really eats? I guess track where NBA players go after a game. Nation's Restaurant News recently published a list of our 15 favorite casual and family restaurant chains, and The Cheesecake Factory, reportedly a favorite of many Lakers players, topped the list. Coming in at number two was Texas Roadhouse, followed by Red Robin Gourmet Burgers in third place.

The survey was conducted in May and June by Market Force, a customer experience management firm out of Boulder, Colorado, and is based on results from 5,000 of the firm's 300,000 independent mystery shoppers. (Mystery shoppers!) For the complete list, turn the page. No, Hooters did not make the top 15, but then 76% of the consumers surveyed were women. We love our cheesecake as much as Lamar Odom does.

Favorite casual and family restaurant chains:

1. The Cheesecake Factory

2. Texas Roadhouse

3. Red Robin Gourmet Burgers

4. Olive Garden

5. Ruby Tuesday

6. Red Lobster

7. P.F. Chang's China Bistro

8. Longhorn Steakhouse

9. Outback Steakhouse

10. Cracker Barrel

11. T.G.I. Friday's

12. Golden Corral

13. Applebee's Neighborhood Grill & Bar

14. Chili's

15. IHOP

pancakes at IHOP; Credit: IHOP

pancakes at IHOP; Credit: IHOP

LA Weekly