Devilishly placed before the ordering register inside a bronze-trimmed dessert case and under glass domes on top of it, you'll find Goldwater's cheesecake — as well as more than a dozen other kinds of temptations. There are giant blueberry muffins, thick chocolate brownies, decadent peanut butter cookies, fruity homemade "pop-tarts" (sometimes), and an ever-changing pie selection from one of the best pie makers in the Valley: Traci Wilbur of Pie Snob. Want that chunky, white-icing-slathered cinnamon roll warmed up before its trip to your table? You bet you do.

The best sandwich on Bertha's menu is the asparagus and Havarti panini.
Jackie Mercandetti
The best sandwich on Bertha's menu is the asparagus and Havarti panini.

Location Info


Bertha's Cafe

3134 E. Indian School Road
Phoenix, AZ 85018

Category: Coffee Shops

Region: East Phoenix


Bertha's Cafe
3134 East Indian School Road
Hours: 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday; 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday

Roasted tomato pesto egg sandwich: $5.75
Asparagus and Havarti panini: $6.95
Curried chicken salad: $6.75
Slice of cheesecake: $3.75

Is it the homespun desserts that make Bertha's feel so welcoming? Perhaps. But the feeling's also helped along with its casual yet stylish room: walls swathed in warm pastels, classic wooden tables and chairs, and a white wainscoted counter. Here, no one seems to feel rushed to finish their newspaper or boisterous game of mahjong, the friendly, easygoing staff rolls balls of batter for the day's cookies while chatting with customers or humming along to the contemporary music softly playing overhead, and little ones sprint to the dessert case, press their noses against the glass and point at, well, at everything, with an unbridled glee that reminds us of us.

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