Best Bets: Cheesecake

The Cheesecake Corner's chocolate chip cheesecake.

Jeremy Kendall

The Cheesecake Corner's chocolate chip cheesecake.

Cheesecake has been one of my favorite foods forever. I consider it an entrée. After a friend brought me a cheesecake brownie from Cheesecake Corner a couple of weeks ago, I knew I had to go down and try some others.

Looking in the bakery case almost hurt, like having to choose between Prada and Gucci, or Eric Northman and Bill Compton from HBO's "True Blood." There were at least two dozen options ranging from plain vanilla cheesecake to maple pecan. Blueberry to German chocolate. Raspberry to sweet potato. I chose the vanilla fudge cheesecake and the cheesecake brownie to take to a friend's house.

I can't repeat everything that was said after we took the first bite, but it was good, appreciative cussing. Look, it tasted like God reached down and dropped a little bit of happiness on each forkful. And it was so rich, creamy and decadent that it took us the better part of two days to finish.

Last weekend we went back, ready to indulge in the vanilla fudge again. They didn't have it that day (the menu varies and there are almost 80 choices, plus a dozen quiche selections that vary, and if you've got an idea, run it past them and they might make it for you), so we chose chocolate chip cheesecake.

The presentation was beautiful. The plate was drizzled with chocolate syrup, covered with chocolate crumbles, and the whipped cream was at least 3 inches high. We were expecting plain cheesecake with chocolate chips, but this was more. The crust was deep chocolate and tasted like Oreos. The cake was full of chocolate chips, but it also had the creamy taste of Oreo filling and was as smooth as canned icing. In short -- the childhood dream dessert, all grown up.

The Cheesecake Corner is at 113 East G.E. Patterson. Slices are $7.95; whole cheesecakes are available for $46 with 24 hours' notice. Call 525-2253.

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