Bertha's Cafe in Phoenix: A Sandwich Shop with a Sweet Twist

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

Beth Goldwater's cheesecake is easily one of the best in town.

Crafted from a recipe she took a year to perfect, it is bulky in appearance, yet lighter and less dense than you might expect, and its dark brown, thin cookie crust serves as a buttery and crumbly base for a creamy sweet filling with a golden brown coat and a seriously airy layer of whipped cream.

You get a taste of Goldwater's cheesecake at Bertha's, her eight-year-old cafe in Phoenix. But sweet satisfaction isn't all you'll find -- Goldwater serves up some fresh and flavorful sandwiches and salads as well.

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Here's an excerpt from this week's review:

"The best sandwich on the menu is the asparagus and Havarti panini. Between thick slices of chewy ciabatta bread with a delicately crispy crust, its oven-roasted asparagus is tender, but not mushy, and its companions of buttery Havarti, peppery arugula, roasted red peppers, and a zingy pesto mayo make it pretty much perfect. As a friend of mine correctly quipped, 'There's a reason it's in a box on the menu.'"

Hungry for more? Read my full review of Bertha's Cafe. See Also: Behind the Scenes at Bertha's Cafe (Slideshow)

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3134 E. Indian School Road
Phoenix, AZ 85018


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