Best CHEESECAKE in LA?
Looking for a great cheesecake at restaurants or bakeries
NOT ACCEPTING CHEESECAKE FACTORY as a sugggestion
re: Burger Boy
To comment on cheesecake in L.A., we were at Canter's last weekend and had their N.Y.-style cheesecake, which was a separate thing from one they had called creamy-style cheesecake. Our waitress emphasized that the NY-style was not as creamy as the creamy-style. But I and my father-in-law's girlfriend both thought the NY-style was just the thing and that anything called creamy-style that wasn't NY-style would probably be *too* creamy.
Well, that cheesecake was of such a dry texture that it was like eating a very dense bread. It was really quite amazing, if strange to us, and while I'm not sure if I loved it unquestionably, it was pretty good. But we've always thought of cheesecake as creamy. None of us at the table had ever had such a cheesecake.
Have we been wrong all these years?
Also, Burger Boy, if L.A. has all that NY has and then some, can we have some bagel and pizza recs? (Or myabe you already posted them?) :)
re: margaret ham
For my two cents worth,
Bagels - from Goldstein's Bagels in Glendale (until recently also of Pasadena). There is no other place in LA for a good bagel.
Pizza - I like Casa Bianca's in Eagle Rock but I've seen some controversy here. Joe Peep's is great (on Magnolia in Noho not the other nastiness over in Hollywood), but it is not NY style. I have heard great things about Mulberry's pizza in Encino.
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If you're looking for creamy, non-NY style, I like DuPar's and the version they have at Mastro's Steakhouse in Beverly Hills.
I love the cheesecake at Susina Bakery on Beverly. It is the closest to NY, creamy, perfect buttery graham cracker crust. They mainly seem to be serving their manderine cheesecake in the store (which is good, but not as dreamy as original).
Strangely enough, the best piece of cheesecake I ever had ws at they Valley Inn in Sherman Oaks, just off Ventura.
A classic from the 60's steak house, it is haven to oldsters, and the food is so so, and the wine ist is small and rules odd, but DANG, that cheesecake was great.