Dessert First

Pumpkin Cheesecake at Bertha's Café

Bertha's Café is kind of a best-kept secret hidden in a strip mall off of Indian School Road on the outskirts of the Arcadia neighborhood. Open from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on weekdays (and 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Saturdays), it's an excellent breakfast and lunch spot for office workers in the area. The restaurant is decorated in a no-nonsense fashion, so its offerings are definitely what make it stand out. If you're there for breakfast, don't forget a cup of coffee, which is specially roasted by The Roastery of Cave Creek. For lunch, sandwiches (made with local MJ Breads) are fairly priced around $6 to $7, or pick any half sandwich plus soup or salad for $7.75.

See also: - Anatomy of a Cheesecake with Beth Goldwater of Bertha's Café - Seven Pumpkin Treats in Metro Phoenix

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Dominique Chatterjee