Cheesecake is a five-star dessert, originating from ancient Greece. It wasn’t until 1872 when cream cheese was created that America took this sweet and creamy dessert to new levels using the soft cheese ingredient. Today, cheesecake is featured on many dessert menus and offered in a variety of flavors, both traditional and gourmet. Pastry chefs put their signature touch on these desserts giving L.A. many exceptional cheesecake options.
110 Navy St.
Venice, CA 90291
A favorite Los Angeles dining destination, CHAYA Venice is known for its modern Euro-Asian culinary concept highlighting a menu complete with local, sustainable and seasonally fresh ingredients. The restaurant’s crème fraiche cheesecake uses a traditional graham cracker crust and has a lightness that won’t make you feel like you are rolling out of dinner. The dessert is served with farm fresh central coast strawberries, blackberries and raspberries (shopped from the farmers’ market at Virginia Park in Santa Monica), an orange slice, drizzled with a yuzu sauce made of lemon, lime and a dash of pepper and topped with a mint sprig. Having trouble figuring out what to order before dessert? CHAYA’s Angus burger with fresh tomato slices, white onion slices and sautéed mushrooms on a brioche bun is a sure bet.
Fig & Olive Melrose Place
8490 Melrose Place
West Hollywood, CA 90069
Known for its flavors and cuisine from the Riviera and coastal regions of the South of France, Italy and Spain, FIG & OLIVE is located in the heart of West Hollywood. Executive chef Pascal Lorange, who works closely with locally family-run farms, sources the freshest produce for his seasonally driven menu. Crafted by executive pastry chef Andrew LeStourgeon, the cheesecake dessert here is beautifully presented. This crème brulee cheesecake is delivered to the table with an olive oil crisp, and served with Summer Harvest Farm caramelized Glacier white peaches. Signature dinner dishes don’t disappoint either – seared sea scallop with truffle artichoke tapenade, grilled lamb chops smoked with a bouquet of Herbs de Provence and porcini and gorgonzola jamon Iberico ravioli with porcini olive oil.
Greenblatt’s Famous Deli
8017 Sunset Blvd.
Hollywood CA 90046
New York original-style cheesecake is often what guests want most. Greenblatt’s Delicatessen was established in 1926 and has been serving the Hollywood community and entertainment industry since then. So, if you are jonesing for cheesecake after a night out clubbing on Sunset Boulevard, Greenblatt’s is the place to go since it keeps its doors open until 2 a.m. every day of the year. The deli menu is pages long featuring customer favorites including homemade matzo ball soup, hot pastrami reuben, the #3 hot corned beef sandwich and lots more where those came from.
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9641 Sunset Blvd.
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
Where the stars and royalty sleep at night when visiting Los Angeles, The Beverly Hills Hotel is not just for out-of-towners. Los Angelenos come to the famous hotel for the Polo Lounge, a favorite destination for lunch, dinner and afternoon tea. Cheesecake adorns all three menus. For lunch and dinner, dining guests can select the restaurant’s goat cheesecake, featuring whipped goat cheese, served with a huckleberry compote, cassis sorbet on the side and an almond tuile. A brie cheesecake with a graham cracker crust is presented as an option on the Polo Lounge afternoon tea menu, which is always an over-the-top L.A. experience.
It’s all cheesecakes here, all the time. Pure Cheesecake is L.A.’s source for handmade, baked-the-old-fashioned-way cheesecake. The family-owned company uses the finest, freshest ingredients that are certified organic and purchased locally. These cakes are never frozen and each cake is made to order. Find every size and shape possible. Mini cheesecakes are single-serving size and available in several signature flavors including s’mores, maple bacon, classic cherry, the original, luscious lemon, chocolate chip, chocolate peanut butter delight and strawberry and pumpkin, which are offered seasonally. Perfect for entertaining, Pure’s mini traditional cheesecake pops are covered with Belguim dark chocolate with or without mixed nuts, and the bakery’s classic cheesecake bars are made with a graham cracker crust with pecans and brown sugar. Check the website for new flavors.
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