23409 Greater Mack Ave.
Saint Clair Shores Michigan 48080United States
This modest storefront on Detroit's east side has been serving the city's best cheesecake for three decades.
Though the 30-year-old Cheesecake Shoppe is housed in a simple stand-alone storefront on Detroit's east side, it's a buttery-sugary dessert powerhouse. The store is small, with nothing-fancy decor, but bakers produce more than 30 types of cake as well as cookies, pies and even wedding cakes. Flavors vary according to the season, and sugar-free options are available. Trendy brides might want check out their tower of cheesecake cupcakes. No matter the flavor, every cake features a fluffy, light filling, perfectly browned crusts and the slightest burnish on top. It's like a dreamy toasted marshmallow -- magical. Prices are reasonable, starting at $2.50 for a slice and $8 for a cake. Though well-known locally, the store never seems frantic, perhaps because the service is purely carry out. (They'll give you napkins and forks to eat your to-go slice in the car though!) Parking is limited, especially at holiday time, when throngs of locals line up for special cakes like eggnog rum or caramel apple. Customers' happy smiles as they clutch white cake boxes prove that the polls are right: This is the best cheesecake in the city.