Apple Pie vs. Blueberry Cheesecake at Bertha's Café, in "Just Desserts"
In the end, we get what's coming to us. Let's hope it's sweet.
Ah, spring. That time of year when the axis of the Earth increases its tilt toward the sun and the length of daylight rapidly increases for the relevant hemisphere. Or: Pretty flowers! Pretty flowers! And with the world seeming brand new again, what better way to celebrate than with fabulous, fruity fare at Bertha's Café. But what to have -- Pie Snob's crazy-delicious looking apple pie or the Bertha-baked blueberry cheesecake bombshell?
Put down those flowers and pick up a fork. Time to dig in.
Alongside lunch fare featuring crazy-good sandwiches like the fresh and fabulous asparagus panini, Bertha's Café, now at its new location on East Indian School Road, also does breakfast, catering, and yes, desserts. Owner Beth Goldwater built her reputation on her mighty cheesecakes, and has since received additional kudos for her red velvet cupcakes and brownies. Bertha's Café carries Traci Wilbur's Pie Snob creations under the bakery glass as well -- all the better to juice the taste buds.
Tough battle, this one, damn tough. The apple pie was nothing short of a slice of heaven: cinnamon angels floating amongst perfectly baked clouds of crust and sweet, apple flavor. The blueberry cheesecake? One can understand how Bertha's came to be with this baby. For its large size (it barely fit into the to-go box) the cake was moist and held its own against the light and creamy cheesecake which was nothing short of perfection. The one flaw? The barely-there blueberry. Easy to see, tough to taste. A little more of this antioxidant would have been blue-tiful.
Got a fruity dessert you wanna crow about? Add your sweet suggestions and comments below.
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